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 Monday, 08 January 2007

Dear ITU-D SG2 Rapportuer?s Group Q10-2/2 members,

A Happy New Year and Best Wishes for 2007 to all of you.

By the kind invitation of Indonesian Administration, RGQ10-2/2 will hold the meeting in Badung 26-27 March 2007 together with the workshop on ?disaster communications? 28 March, and RGQ22-2/2 on ?disaster communications? 29-30 March.

Taking this opportunity , I would like to invite you to actively participate in the e-discussion which was approved by the last ITU-D SG2 meeting in autumn 2006. Also I would encourage you to contribute case studies to the forthcoming meeting using the format in the following ITU-D website as approved by the said SG2 meeting. Your input could make the forthcoming meeting productive and beneficial. Indonesian Administration is now collaborating with BDT for facilitating as many delegates as possible to participate in the meeting including provision of fellowship for the LDC participants.

The following is the new arrangements to facilitate the e-discussion members to participates in the e-discussion on 10 different topics authorized by the SG2 meeting(Ref. SG2 and RGQ10 report ). Mr. Yukio Miyoshi(contracted consultant with the BDT e-strategy unit) and myself in collaboration with IT department of BDT and under the support of Mr. Alexander Ntoko are promoting e-discussion according to the work plan of the Q10-2/2 for the period of 2006-2010.

Q10 Group has the web log page at since last year. Some of the participants to E-discussion might find using the web log not appropriate for their working environment. Access speed to the internet is insufficient, or may not check the web log pages frequently.

We established a E-mail distribution address,, for automatic distributions of your inputs to all participants. These inputs could be a simple opinion, an input to be posted on the Weblog, or any other e-mail, so long as those documents are supposed to be read by the E-discussion participants. Please do not send e-mails which are personal or intended to be received by the part of the E-discussion group, because the redistribution of your e-mail through is automatic.

E-mails thus sent to the above address will be distributed to the current participants of about 70 people, including your e-mail address. The contents will be later posted on the Q10 web log page by administrator (Mr. Miyoshi). If these automatic mails should be sent to your different E-mail address or if you prefer not to receive it, please let me know at

This new feature will supplement the Weblog functions for easy confirmation of what discussion is going on. Also we expect this facilitates exchange of opinions by using normal e-mail correspondence method among all the registered participants.


Yasuhiko KAWSUMI

Rapporteur for Q10-2/2 on ?Telecommunications for Rural and Remote Areas?

(Yukio Miyoshi, Contracted administrator,

Monday, 08 January 2007 10:21:29 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1]  | 
 Sunday, 15 January 2006

As a former member of the Rapporteur's Group, I have been asked to facilitate discussions on this topic, and would like to propose two separate but related sub-threads of discussion:

Environmental monitoring and protection as an application of telecommunication

This is the orientation for this topic adopted at the June meeting in Tokyo, specfied as "Using remote sensing, satellite imaging and other telecommunication techniques to protect the environment".

It is not easy to directly make use of raw environmental data in rural areas since the necessary skills and infrastructure for data treatment and interpretation would generally not be available locally. An alternate model that could be more easily envisaged would be to use rural telecommunication facilities as centres for diffusion of analysed environmental data relevant to local concerns and/or to make use of such facilities to provide feedback on and enrichment of such environmental data, including correlation with local knowledge.

For example, analysed data on weather or on soil quality could be used in planning economic and personal activities in rural areas. Such data could be received in rural facilities connected to a data analysis hub by a telecommunication network, or received at a central point in a rural area and disseminated further by local telecommunication networks or by physical access/delivery. The same communication systems could be used for the return channel to verify or complement centrally analysed data. For some of these applications it could be useful to provide GPS receivers and training in their use to the local agents or end-users.

Environmental applications may be thought of as supporting "social infrastructure" in the same way as the health and educational applications included under Topic 3, but it may in general be more difficult to show their importance to end-users and local leaders because their relevance to local needs may not be immediately understood or may be indirect; deeper and longer efforts may therefore be needed for promotion, discussion, planning and training. There are also clear organizational and infrastructure links between environmental monitoring applications and those foreseen under Topic 4 on Emergency Support and Disaster Mitigation, the difference being essentially in the degree of negative impact on the population and the urgency of mitigation.


Environmental considerations in establishing rural telecommunication systems

Environmental concerns should also be carefully considered in planning and implementing rural telecommunication systems. Even though the environmental impact of telecommunication systems will generally be less severe than for "heavy" infrastructure such as roads or dams, it can be very important, and, for example, the characteristics and position of cables and towers should be carefully considered in terms of their potential environmental impact. Environmental concerns regarding the disposal of construction waste or of removal of inoperative or damaged equipment should also be taken into account; these concerns are clearly linked to Topic 5 on Sustainability/Reliability/Effectiveness of technology.

Finally, when one speaks of sustainable development, one must consider environment in a holistic sense, including not only the physical environment but also the human environment - local culture, social structures, traditions and knowledge. In this sense, Topic 6 has strong links with Topic 1 on Community Development and Topic 8B on Community Participation.

As I understand it, our goal in this forum is to glean some additional inferences or insights from the vast amount of experience acquired within the work of the Rapporteur's Group - particularly through the global survey the case studies - in order to enrich the conclusions on Question 10 which will be considered by the WTDC 2006. I would suggest that we give concerns on environment and sustainable development a special reconsideration in this context, since generally they have been implicitly rather than explicitly treated in the results thus far. It would be most appreciated if all of the participants could contribute their views on these elements to enable us to integrate a broader dimension into the analysis of this Question.

                                                                                              John Rose

Sunday, 15 January 2006 21:32:24 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
 Monday, 31 October 2005

Document Submission Procedures
for E-discussion forum forQ10-1/2
"Communications for rural and remote areas"

10 October 2005

1 General
E-discussion forum for Question 10-1/2 on the topics as defined by ITU-D Doc. 2/283 Rev1
has been approved by the ITU-D SG2 meeting in September 2005 and will be conducted by
the support of the focal point for Question 10-1/2, i.e. the BDT Secretariat E-strategies
Unit-IsAP Programme 3.  It will continue until the next WTDC-06.
E-discussion forum will be mainly conducted via internet on the weblog page of ITU-D
website. To participate in the e-discussion forum, it is requested to register and submit their
names, e-mai address, etc. to the e-strategy unit of the ITU BDT by the application form as
attached. E-discussion forum is conducted by the following registered participants withthe
roles as defined below;facilitators, authors, general participants and the administrator.The
method of conducting the e-discussion and contact information for inquiries and posting
inputs are also given below.

Topic 1: Community Development
Topic 2: Developing Support for Small Businesses
Topic 3: Rural technology for Social infrastructure-
Topic 4: Emergency Support & Disaster Mitigation
Topic 5: Sustainability/Reliability/Effectiveness
Topic 6: Environmental Monitoring / Protection
Topic 7: Economical Viability
Topic 8: Any Other Comment

2 Facilitator
- Leads the discussion by contributing periodic entries(inputs) on his Topic and posting them
on the forum site.
- Checks comments given by participants on his/her entry.
- Reviews the documents contributed by Authors and post them on the forum site.
- Reviews and authorizes the documents contributed by Participants. Post the authorized
documents on the forum site.
- produces the final report on the topic of his/her responsibility as output of the
- Coordinate with Administrator and members for the topic of his/her responsibility

3 Author
- Actively join the discussions by contributing entries. Authors are authorized to post the
entries, by sending them to the facilitator for the topic.

4 Participants
- Participants are registered members of the E-discussion forum for each topic.  They need to represent ITU-D members.

- Facilitators and Authors are also participants.

- Participants read the entries for each topic and make comments and send them to the facilitators concerned or may post them directly on the forum page concerned. Participant may, if so wishes,  also contribute a full input by sending his document to the topic Facilitator for his review, approval and posting as an entry.

5 Administrator
- Coordinate the activities with Facilitators, ITU BDT E-strategies Unit and Rapporteur,  for
smooth running of the E-discussion forum, including the maintenance  of weblog software.

6 Method of posting entries(Inputs)

At the start, we will use the method (1), a manual method, which is the easiest for Facilitator. 
Other methods could be used as options to choose by Facilitator, when they are available
without problems.(at this moment they are being tested)

Alternative 1)  Posting by Administrator
- Facilitator simply sends the document by e-mail to Administrator at:
- The document should contain at the end, the writer's name and the document
category(ies); it will be used to classify the document by Administrator

Alternative 2)  Direct posting by Facilitator
- Facilitator accesses the weblog software and log in for posting the document.
- Facilitator will be given the log-in name and password.

7 Access to the site
To access the e-discussion weblog site, log in at either of the following URLs from your

8 Topic Categories
All the entries(inputs) are classified into categories: topic1 to topic8. There is a category
"notices" for administrative entries.

Category "Q10" is the general category, which is related from topic1 to topic8.

To see only the entries on a particular topic, click that topic on the right hand side.

9 To return to home page(HP)
To go back to the home page, click the title "ITU-D Study Group 2 Question 10".

10 Making comments online
Click "comment" under each entry, then type in your name, e-mail address and your
comment on the entry.

Then type in the 5-letter code displayed at the left end, and click the submit button.
(note: at this moment, when click the submit button, some error message appears.
Disregard it and click return button of the browser and continue. Your comment has been
properly sent.)

11 Submitting your entry to facilitator
By the permission and possible editing by the facilitator, you could put your observation or
opinion as an entry. Please send your document by e-mail to the topic facilitator. The list of
facilitators is on the forum site with category = notice.

For registration form, click here.



Monday, 31 October 2005 16:02:20 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1]  |