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ITU-Real Madrid Foundation

Partnership to support Social inclusion/integration for the Youth through ICTs and Sport at School

ITU and Real Madrid Foundation have announced the launch of a new partnership to support social inclusion/integration for the Youth into the Society through the provision of education and training on ICTs and Sports at School throughout the world.

Under this new partnership, ITU and the Real Madrid Foundation will collaborate on providing ICTs and sport facilities and training for students (boys and girls) within the 6-17 age, in particular from the most disadvantaged socio-economic environments. The partnership will address the challenges of education access and quality by creating conditions to encourage the children to go to school (and keep them there), by promoting equality and equity in enrolment among girls and boys and by providing them ICT knowledge and skills that will serve them for their future.

H.E. Mrs Linares de Martinelli, First Lady of Panama, participated in the announcement in her role as Honorary President to highlight the activities of the Foundation in Panama

ITU-Telecenter.org

Partnership to support “Youth employment and Youth entrepreneurship” through the use of ICTs

ITU and Telecenter.org have announced the launch of a new partnership to support social inclusion and the successful integration of young people into the job market. The partnership will also seek to increase youth entrepreneurship, especially in micro and small businesses which can leverage the use of ICTs. Initial activities will be largely focused on the Latin America and Caribbean Region.

Under this new partnership, ITU and TCF will collaborate to develop and deliver curricula aimed at increasing young people’s skills in the areas of digital literacy, effective communication, professionalism and personal development. The partnership will address the challenges of integrating young people into the employment market by providing them with appropriate skills and knowledge and promoting self-development to help them find employment or create their own businesses. 

Antigua & Barbuda

Technology for Early Childhood Education (ABITrack-1)

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda has announced making available, through ITU, specialized data management software (ABITrack-1) to all CARICOM member states for free to benefit Early Childhood Learning Institutions in their respective countries.

This software features basic school data customization, fast record search and retrieval, standard and statistical report production, batch promotion of classes and groups, and the ability to produce personalized mail for certificates at graduation.

Intel Corporation

Reaching the next billion people with ICT

Intel announced that it will work with ITU, governments and local industry to bring benefits of broadband to more citizens, small businesses and students across all the Americas. To do this Intel will accelerate 3 proven programs.

  1. To work with Telco’s to bring low cost PC's, prepaid broadband and compelling content bundles to reach more lower income citizens.

  2. To work with governments to create both national IT plans and plans to use USF and license funds to expand broadband and enable countrywide education transformation.  

  3. To work with local industry to create local IT Solutions, training and Content.

O3b Networks

O3b Networks focuses on Connecting the Unconnected in the Americas and the Caribbean

O3b Networks Ltd. announced a focus on the Latin America and Caribbean region including the placement of an advanced satellite control Gateway in Peru, subject to regulatory approvals. O3b’s paradigm-shifting technology will combine the global reach of satellite with the speed of a fiber‐optic network to deliver high‐speed, low latency Internet and mobile connectivity to billions of consumers and businesses throughout the Americas, the Caribbean and the rest of the world.  

O3b Networks’ initial constellation is comprised of eight medium-earth orbit satellites operating at 8062 Km over the equator. Each satellite offers 10 fully-steerable and scalable beams delivering up to 1.2 Gbps over a 700 Km diameter beam. O3b highlighted that the Peru gateway is of strategic importance because it will be the fourth control gateway to support the launch of the Constellation early next year, in addition to Hawaii, Greece and Australia.

O3b Networks is on schedule to launch its initial eight satellites in early 2013, and service will commence in Latin America, the Caribbean and worldwide in the summer 2013. 

Inter-American Development Bank

Broadband in the center for development and growth

 

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced the launch of the report, “Bridging Gaps, Building Opportunities: Broadband as a Catalyst for Economic Growth and Social Progress in Latin America and the Caribbean,” which shows the alignment of all public and private stakeholders to accelerate broadband penetration, adoption and usage in the Region.

IDB also announced that it will continue supporting the Region by promoting broadband access, adoption and usage, through actions related to four major areas: (i) Development of public policies and PPPs, (ii) Update of strategic Regulation, (iii) Deployment of infrastructure, and (iv) Capacity building and development of specific services and applications.

Examples of IDB projects in these areas include a) Development of regional information resources and tools, such as a Broadband Index, a Balance Scorecard, and national Broadband Infrastructure Maps, b)  Support to Central American countries in the design of strategic national broadband plans through the figure of Regional Public Goods; and c) Technical assistance to UNASUR Countries in the development of pre-feasibility studies for the deployment of an optical fiber ring to improve the interconnection and reduce the international internet connectivity costs in the Region.

World Bank & TELCOR Nicaragua

Bringing Telecommunications Services for Nicaraguans in Rural Areas

 

The World Bank announced an agreement with the Government of Nicaragua to provide US$5 million additional financing for the Rural Telecommunications Project, in order to increase access to telecommunications services among more than 200,000 rural inhabitants in Nicaragua.

The Nicaragua Rural Telecommunications Project, implemented since 2007 through an initial financing of US$7 million, has already installed new broadband Internet access points in 101 municipalities, expanded mobile phone coverage to 37 rural communities, and installed almost 600 public phones in rural areas. The Project will continue to facilitate access to low cost mobile phones and Internet services in rural communities.

The new financing will support institutional strengthening in TELCOR, the regulatory body for the sector, and provide technical assistance to beneficiary communities through the creation of an e-Government data center in the Caribbean Coast. This data center will enable the design and implementation of several programs, such as distance learning initiatives and programs to improve productive capacity, the quality of healthcare and disaster prevention.

GSMA

Latin American Mobile Operators to combat mobile device theft

GSMA Latin America announced the commitment of the main mobile network operators (MNOs) in Latin America to collaborate with the regional governments in initiatives designed to reduce mobile phone theft and related crime. This voluntary initiative of GSM MNOs will allow the sharing of stolen mobile device information in order to block stolen devices and make their trafficking and reuse across the region more difficult.

GSMA member operators committed to connect to the stolen handset database and to implement measures to block stolen terminals in all countries where they operate in Latin America are: América Móvil, Antel, Cable & Wireless Panama, Corporacion Digitel, Entel Bolivia, Entel Chile, ICE, Tigo Colombia, Nextel/NII Holdings, Nuevatel PCS Bolivia, Orange Dominican Republic, Telecom Italia and Telefónica.

The agreement, full implementation of which is expected to conclude in March 2013, covers more than 500 million mobile connections throughout the region.

ITU-HUG

Pan-American Telemedicine Network

ITU and HUG have announced the launch of a new partnership to support implementation of a Pan American Telemedicine Network to enable the deployment of telemedicine services and tools along with IT enabled diagnostic devices to the regional and district hospitals to address the challenges of access to and quality of health services in remote areas in Latin America.

The project will enhance diagnostic and therapeutic decisions in remote areas, improve capacity and motivation of care professionals through distance continuing education, enhance coordination of public health activities and improve cooperation and knowledge sharing between Latin American medical universities and hospitals.

The partnership will aim, in a first phase, to establish telemedicine networks in Latin American countries to enable tele-consultation assistance and continuous medical education and to evaluate the impact of such networks for the improvement of healthcare processes and public health activities. In a second phase, the project will link national telemedicine networks to a grid enabled environment and high-speed networks to enable research, advanced image processing, tele-diagnosis and epidemiological studies.

Pan American Health Organization

Support to Telemedicine Activities in Latin Americas

The Pan American Health Organization PAHO announced its support to the Pan American Telemedicine Network project to enable continuous medical education and tele-consultation. 

This project is in line with the Strategy and Plan of Action on eHealth (2012-2017) and was approved in September 2011 by all member states