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)

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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.

“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.

Sign up for GSR-13, Warsaw, Poland, 3-5 July 2013

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Registration is open for the Global Symposium for Regulators, to take place in Warsaw, Poland, from 3 to 5 July 2013.   We’d like to thank those who have already registered and encourage others who are interested to register soon. It will be preceded by one day of pre-events on 2nd July 2013.

Under the overarching theme of “4th Generation regulation: driving digital communications ahead“ participants will examine the transformational nature of communications and the evolution to 4th generation ICT regulation in a connected society led by the changing nature of the communications ecosystem, changing market dynamics and traffic patterns, and changing regulatory practices and roles.

Since its launch in 2000, the annual Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR) has provided a unique venue for regulators and policy-makers from both developed and developing countries to meet and exchange views and experiences.  It has covered a wide range of topics that are subsequently published in our highly popular Trends publication.   For a preview of Trends 2013 take a look at some recent ITU News articles:

Data protection and privacy in the cloud: Whose cloud is it anyway?

The cloud’s economic clout

Regulation in the cloud

Funding universal broadband: Public-private partnerships show the way

The BDT Director’s official mission to Guatemala.

guatemala_smallMr Brahima Sanou, Director, BDT meets Juan Carlos Paiz,  Presidential Commissioner for Competitiveness and Investment and Eddy Padilla Superintendent of Telecommunications during an official mission to Guatemala. The meeting touched upon Guatemala’s priorities and their coincidence with ITU-D priorities, namely developing a National Broadband Plan and a National Emergency Telecommunication Plan, and agreed on a way forward to accomplishing them.