Case Studies
We are in a period of remarkable transition and opportu-
nity in worldwide markets, most of which have been more
highly regulated and closely linked to a unified national cul-
ture and social class system than they are in the U.S.
Following the market liberalizing forces in health care,
telecom, and IT, the globalized economy is beginning to trans-
form state monopolies in education and credentialing into
more open and cooperative public and private systems with
common economic goals. This shift in political and economic
conditions will open many new opportunities for e-learning
companies to enter new markets over the long term.
The following selective case studies illustrate how new
business models are emerging to serve worldwide education
Chapter 4 The Emerging Global E-Education Industry
TABLE 4–5 International Internet Bandwidth by Region, 2000–2001 (by Megabits per
Second [Mbps] Capacity)
Region 2000 2001 % Growth
Mbps Mbps 2000–2001
Capacity Capacity
Africa 649.2 1,230.8 89.6%
Asia 22,965.1 52,661.9 129.3%
Europe 232,316.7 675,637.3 109.8%
Latin America 2,785.2 16,132.5 479.2%
U.S. & Canada 112,222.0 274,184.9 144.3%
Source: TeleGeography, Inc. 2001

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