New ITU-D Study Group Case Study Library

Image We are pleased to announce the creation of a new ITU-D Study Group Case Study Library that will allow  members to submit, store and consult case studies on topics under study by the Questions in the ITU-D Study Groups.  Sharing and learning from each other’s experiences is at the core of the mandate of the   ITU-D Study Groups, and through this new tool the remarkable wealth of information comprised in the case studies will be available to all members. Improved features to search and filter have been put in place to make them more easily accessible (TIES access required to submit and view a case study).

The format for case studies approved at the September 2012 meeting of Study Group 2 has been used to set up the library.

Case studies from our previous library will be added over time in order not to lose this valuable information submitted by our members.  Furthermore, the Case Study Library can be adapted to whatever new study Questions are decided by the World Telecommunication Development Conference to be held in March 2014.

If you have any questions you can contact ITU-D Study Group Secretariat 
 (by e-mail: devsg@itu.int or tel.: +41 22 730 5999)

BDT Director visits Nigeria and H.E. Dame (Dr) Patience Goodluck Jonathan, First Lady of Nigeria, becomes ITU’s Child Online Protection champion.

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May 9, 2013 the BDT Director visits Nigeria with a letter of appointment for H.E. Dame (Dr) Patience Goodluck Jonathan, the First Lady of Nigeria and the President of African First Ladies Peace Mission, to become ITU’s Child Online Protection champion.

In the framework of the ITU Global Cybersecurity Agenda Mr Sanou, BDT Director, made the case that having secured our physical borders, the weakest link was now our borders in cyber-space, to protect our banks, our governments our information, but most importantly, our children against cyber-predators. He met with H.E. Dame (Dr) Patience Goodluck Jonathan, the First Lady of Nigeria and the President of African First Ladies Peace Mission to discuss cybersecurity issues and to hand her the letter of appointment to become ITU’s Child Online Protection champion.  Dame Jonathan has won numerous accolades for her charitable work involving women and children, and is perfectly suited to her role as advocate for ITU’s Child Online Protection initiative.

The First Lady also committed to supporting the establishment of the ITU Cybersecurity Region Center in Nigeria and announced that she had received a letter from the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) pledging financial support for the center. Expressing ITU’s gratitude for the First Lady’s magnanimity, Mr  Sanou also invited her to the ITU Global Youth Conference where she will meet the President of Costa Rica in her capacity as the Patron of Child Online Protection and the other member of the COP Patronage Group, Geena Davis, the ITU COP Special Envoy. The First Lady was also invited to visit ITU-IMPACT in whose framework the ITU Cybersecurity Regional Center would be established and also the Africa Child Online Protection Summit scheduled for February 5-7, 2014 in Uganda.

Mr Sanou also visited the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) whose role in Child Online Protection and the establishment of the ITU Cybersecurity Regional Center he knows to be crucial. Dr Eugene Juwah, the Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of NCC pledged his personal commitment and that of NCC to the two initiatives and to supporting the First Lady of Nigeria in her role as the ITU Champion for Child Online Protection (COP).

Mr Sanou paid a courtesy visit to Mr Kadré Désiré Ouedraogo, the President of ECOWAS and discussed matters of mutual interest to both organizations.  It was recalled that the pilot project for the now successful Harmonization of ICT Policies in Sub-Saharan Africa (HIPSSA) was carried out in collaboration with ECOWAS. Although HIPSSA is scheduled to end its cycle in September 2013, the two leaders agreed to strongly support any bid that ITU would make to partners for a follow-up project. The difference that HIPSSA has made in the development of the ICT sector in Africa cannot be over-stated.

Mr Sanou and Mr Ouedraogo signed a landmark “Letter of Engagement” which allows for both organizations to share data and other resources in developing Digital Terrestrial Transmission Maps for the continent, which would be a resource for member-state development agendas and would provide invaluable graphical and interactive information to investors.

ITU Regional Forum for the Arab Region on IMT Systems: Technology, Evolution and Implementation

On 9th May the ITU closed its Regional Forum for Arab Region on IMT Systems: Technology, Evolution and Implementation which was held in Tunis, Tunisia at the kind invitation of Tunisie Telecom.

The forum started on 7th May in the presence of H.E. Mr. Mongi Marzouk, Minister of ICT Tunisia,  the CEO of Tunisie Telecom Mr. Mokhtar Mnakri, and the regional representative of the ITU-BDT Cairo, Ms. Rouda Alamir Ali.

Participation in this Forum was opened to ITU Member States, Sector Members and Associates, as well as to any individual from an ITU Member State wishing to contribute to the work of the Forum. Academia and associated institutions were also welcome.

The Forum provided an opportunity for senior or mid-level managers of mobile network operators or mobile virtual network operators, analysts and investors examining IMT markets and opportunities, telecommunication regulators, and equipment and technology vendors to share their knowledge, experiences and views on the future of the industry.

The Forum was designed to address the needs of investors, operators, service providers and related businesses considering or planning their entry into the IMT mobile broadband market.

The Forum provided a vision of IMT as a new mobile broadband business, its key differentiators and challenges, both from a technical and commercial perspective. It also gave an overview and an update on the status of the IMT industry and of its trends.

The sessions addressed the following topics: IMT Global Status Report; research activities on technologies for future mobile communications in the Arab Region; IMT business & market forecasts; views on mobile and wireless communications for 2020 society; and IMT networks frequencies and spectrum.

The high level of speakers and the number of participants (200+), the interest demonstrated during all sessions, in addition to the good level organization  have made the event a big success.

The presence and active participation of Ms. Lobna Smida, a handicapped young women who questioned about the technological advances of mobile broadband for the disabled has to be highlighted as a salient point of the Forum.

The final panel discussions have generated several outcomes and recommendation for “Fostering the development of Broadband Mobile in the ARB Region”. The final list of outcomes and recommendations are posted on the web where also all presentations and information have been continuously uploaded in real time during the duration of Forum.

Follow this link to access the electronic magazine “Business News” that reports this Forum.

ITU Regional Office for the Arab States, Cairo

“Trends in Telecommunication Reform” now published

ImageThe 2013 edition of ITU’s flagship regulatory report ‘Trends in Telecommunication Reform’ highlights the increasingly global nature of information and communication technology (ICT) regulation and the crucial link between effective regulation of the ICT sector and the range, quality and affordability of ICT services available to consumers and business users alike.

Focusing on ‘Transnational Aspects of Regulation in a Networked Society’, this year’s report reveals an increasingly complex and interlinked legal and regulatory environment in which decisions taken in one market can have a major impact on neighbouring countries and even markets far away.

The report confirms continued rapid expansion of tech markets worldwide. Rapid growth of broadband has seen global IP traffic skyrocket from around one petabyte 20 years ago to an estimated 44,000 petabytes (44 exabytes) at end 2012. As an indicator of the sheer volume this represents, that amount of data would take 1,100 years to download over a 10Mbps broadband link – or more than 200,000 years over a dial-up connection. In 2013 alone, IP traffic is expected to grow by around 14 exabytes per month – the monthly equivalent of twice total cumulative global traffic for the whole decade from 1994 – 2003.

See press release.

New Deputy to the Director and Chief of Administration & Operations Coordination Department of the BDT.

ImageWe are delighted to inform you that Mr Philippe Metzger has recently been appointed as Deputy to the Director and Chief of Administration & Operations Coordination Department of the BDT.

Mr Metzger brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in the ICT field as well as in international relations, from both the private and public sectors, having worked as Senior Legal Officer, Senior Corporate Counsel, Director of Trade Relations, Director Telecom and most recently as the Deputy Director General of the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) which is in charge of electronic communications policy and regulation within the Swiss Administration.

Recently published – Regulation and consumer protection in a converging environment

It is with pleasure that we introduce our new report on Regulation and consumer protection in a converging environment.

The report describes and analyses the various resources, strategies and tools regulators need to improve the enforcement of national laws, rules and regulations governing consumer protection in a converging environment. The “golden rules for convergence” need to balance the following regulatory objectives:

  • Encourage investment in high-speed networks and advanced technological solutions ;
  • Protect innovators, creators and consumers from counterfeiting and piracy associated with the online distribution ;
  • Promote and safeguard e-commerce ;
  • Ensure consumers have all the information they need to make informed choices and have adequate protection and redress mechanism if things go wrong ;
  • Create a simpler, clearer regulatory framework and level playing field for distributors of content.

Regional Preparatory Meeting for Commonwealth of Independent States (RPM CIS) – Chaiman’s Report is available!

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The World Telecommunication Development Conference 2014 (WTDC 2014)
Regional Preparatory Meeting for CIS countries (RPM CIS)
took place
from 19 to 21 February in Chisinau, Moldova, preceded by the Regional
Development Forum (RDF)
for CIS countries on 18 February. Both events
were hosted by the Government of Moldova.

The Summary of discussions of the Regional Development Forum (RDF) and the Chairman’s Report of the Regional Preparatory Meeting (RPM CIS) are now available online.