Energy and ICT: infrastructure convergence

Themes: Capacity Development | Economic Growth| Environmental Sustainability| Private Sector Development

Guinness Gallagher’s team of ICT policy and commercial experts identified the potential competitive advantage from the harnessing of the convergence between the transmission infrastructures used in the ICT and the energy sector, in particular the commonality of infrastructure build and maintenance.

The project involved analyzing how the rationalization of the use of the infrastructure between these two low-risk, high-capital investment sectors could be used as a potential competitive advantage for a new entrant ICT investor.  In particular, how the convergence model could allow a new entrant to overcome the competitive advantage that an existing strong incumbent had in its existing legacy ICT infrastructure being used as a barrier to new entry.

Our team of ICT and commercial experts developed and analyzed the convergence strategy and advised on workable models for the client to capture the benefits of the emerging convergence opportunities to enhance the client’s new entry strategy into ICT.

The themes and sectors covered by this project were as follows: -

Theme Sub-Theme
Capacity Development - Client relations, network and partnership development
Economic Growth - Developing rural areas
  - Developing urban areas
  - Knowledge, science and technological capacities
  - Promoting economic efficiency and enabling business environment
  - Widening access to markets and economic activities
Environmental Sustainability - Eco-efficiency
  - Urban environmental improvement
Private Sector Development - Private sector investment
  - Privatization
Sector Sub-Sector
Energy - Electricity transmission and distribution
  - Energy utility services
Finance - Infrastructure finance and investment funds
Industry and Trade - Large and medium industries
  - Small and medium enterprise development
Information and Communication Technology - ICT industries and ICT-enabled services
  - ICT infrastructure
  - ICT strategy and policy, and capacity development