Review Step 2a: The Last-Mile Connectivity Case Studies Database

In order to inform the process of identifying appropriate affordable solutions, this analysis started by developing the Last-Mile Connectivity Case Studies Database, a wide-ranging database of different case studies of last-mile connectivity solutions. The solutions were sourced from primary (direct engagement with solution managers and implementers) and secondary sources (reports, etc.). The cases were classified in 17 dimensions across five main categories (reference material, entity, technologies, locality characteristics, additional information). As of August 2020, the database contained 123 cases, of which 51 are from primary sources and 72 from secondary sources, particularly 1 World Connected and APC / IDRC GIS Watch 2018. The database is a live document and will be continually updated as more case studies are submitted.

Table 10: Category of characteristics of the interventions in the LMC Case Studies Database

Reference Material



Locality characteristics

Additional information

Organization or project name; country

Access network operational entity; revenue model; degree of subsidy

Backhaul technologies; access network technologies; primary device for access

Population density/ urbanization level; population size; geographic area; topography; per capita income/ARPU of users; literacy levels; other socio-demographic and environmental factors

Still in operation; regulatory and policy considerations