Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Electrical, Computer & Energy Engineering

First Advisor

Martin Taschdjian

Second Advisor

David Reed

Abstract

Joint deployment of power and telecommunication infrastructure will lead to better development outcomes through improved utility of telecommunication services in Uganda. This research examines the independent deployment of power and telecommunications infrastructure in Uganda, and determines how and where opportunity for joint deployment arises.

It is found that joint deployment may be based on the electric grid or wireless base station infrastructure and that the opportunity for joint deployment is greatest in rural and remote areas for the development of new infrastructure. The accrual of scope economies for joint deployment based on the electric grid results in greater economic incentive for joint deployment in areas with dense population and smaller gaps in infrastructure. Economic incentive for joint deployment in areas with larger gaps in infrastructure is spread amongst various stakeholders involved in the development of power and telecommunications infrastructure in rural areas.

While changes in policy will be required to align incentives amongst stakeholders for areas with larger gaps in infrastructure, weaknesses that exist in the policy frameworks will have to be overcome in order to fully realise the opportunity for joint deployment.

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