The Development of ICT for Envisioning Cloud Computing and Innovation in South Asia

The Development of ICT for Envisioning Cloud Computing and Innovation in South Asia

Sheikh Taher Abu (University of Hyogo, Japan) and Masatsugu Tsuji (University of Hyogo, Japan and National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0879-5.ch207
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This paper examines the implications of cloud computing in South Asia in relation to ICT deployment. The authors employ empirical analysis based on related literatures and an ICT panel dataset from 1999-2007, to discover significant factors in this field. Evidence from several studies has shown that the deployment of ICT is greatly related to improvements in a country’s economic performance. The study thus focuses on how ICT deployment helps South Asian countries to adopt cloud computing concepts and innovations, such as Web 2.0, Health 2.0 or Education 2.0. ICT penetration differs from country to country in several respects, except with regard to mobile phones. The study therefore generates new ideas, first, to increase capacity and add capabilities based on mobile technology to adopt the concepts of Web 2.0, Health 2.0 or Education 2.0 throughout South Asia, and, second, to re-think ICT deployment and encourage the diffusion of cloud computing and technological innovation. The paper concludes its analysis with suggestions for policy in developing countries.
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Ict Diffusion In South Asia

This section examines the pattern of ICT diffusion by comparing PCs, fixed phones, mobile phones and the Internet (ISDN, DSL, and Cable). We investigate this pattern from an international perspective and look at the dynamics of ICT penetration across the world over the period 1999-2007. According to the World Bank (2009), South Asia is classified as a low ICT penetration group. The following discussion will provide brief insights on ICT in South Asia from a global perspective.

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