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Broadband In St Kitts And Nevis: Strength In Depth
The interaction of individuals, communities, and organizations with broadband has contributed to the development and enhancement of social networks, access to and generation of new knowledge, and the creation of diverse innovative processes.
Access to affordable broadband has become a priority for many countries, which is perceived as important for social and economic development.
The World Bank commissioned this study of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector and specifically broadband within the Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis. It forms part of a series of case studies carried out to analyze broadband in a representative sample of developing economies as background research for the World Bank Broadband Strategy Toolkit. The study analyses the environment within the small island developing state that facilitated the uptake of broadband technologies and applications, to the extent that St. Kitts and Nevis has the highest fixed broadband subscription rate among all countries of the Latin America and Caribbean region, and even higher than some developed economies.
This achievement can be attributed in part to the small physical size of St. Kitts and Nevis that has enabled faster rollout of the physical infrastructure, facilitated more effective marketing, and promoted maximum impact for government-led ICT initiatives. Among the Caribbean islands however smallness is certainly not unique. The study therefore explores other factors that have contributed to high broadband penetration.
The phrase “strength in depth” is borrowed from the world of soccer, the most popular sport on the island. The phrase is used to underscore the point that the strength of the island‘s achievement in the broadband sector, lies in its commitment to nurturing the foundational components of the broadband ecosystem. Promotion of basic education and digital literacy, building technology awareness, facilitating access to ICT, and encouragement of a competitive telecommunications environment are but a few examples of the country‘s core strengths.
However, as in any ecosystem, sustainability and growth can be threatened by internal weaknesses. As of the date of this report, mobile broadband has yet to be launched and the lack of appropriate legislation is holding back the development of interactive e-commerce and e-government applications. Other challenges included the high cost of services, an unstable power supply and quality of service issues.
- Chapter 1 of the report provides a socio-economic overview of St. Kitts and Nevis.
- Chapter 2 examines key policies and laws that govern the ICT sector, identifies key institutions and service providers and presents data on the size of the telecommunications market.
- Chapter 3 looks at the broadband market including penetration, pricing and quality.
- Chapter 4 reviews factors that have an impact on broadband demand.
- Chapter 5 summarizes the country‘s success factors as well as remaining challenges impeding the realization of a sustainable broadband ecosystem.
In order to provide regional context, the report provides comparative data for other Eastern Caribbean countries, specifically Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.