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Information on ITU Telecentre Projects

Together with UNESCO and HONDUTEL, multipurpose community telecentres have been implemented in Honduras to provide e‑Education services to the remote area of Corquín. ITU assistance included funding and coordination of the project with the objective of making ICTs and radio broadcasting accessible to both women and men, young and old.

The district of Rajkot in India received assistance in implementing the pilot project, including training for the managers and operators of MCTs. In Bengal and Kolkata, the deployment of these ICT services helped empower the community.

Agriculture is the primary sector in the Kyrgyz Republic. To enhance access to education-, climate- and health-related information as well as to foster communications through ICTs, an MCT was implemented together with e-Agriculture applications and services. The inhabitants of a Kyrgyz village in rural surroundings can now benefit from affordable internet access and fair trade.

In order to facilitate employment for a community of women in Mauritania, ITU assisted in the implementation of telecentre with the objective of integrating e-Employment applications for this country. To create an environment that will foster the expansion of such initiatives, Mauritania also benefited from ITU assistance in drawing up national ICT policy and strategy in the domains of e‑Applications, internet, security and VoIP.

ITU assisted Myanmar in establishing a telecentre in the village of Phaungy about 100 kilometers from the capital Yangon. This telecentre serves the educational institutions and hospital in the surrounding villages. The project uses VSAT-based connectivity to enable shared and affordable access to ICT services for the population of the community. The establishment of mini telecentres in nearby schools and hospitals is under way using WiFi technology.

ITU, TELECOR and the Ministry of Public Health established an e-Health programme within the MCT network in a remote area in Nicaragua in order to provide access to ICTs, enable disaster management and foster gender mainstreaming. ITU provided support through project coordination and funding for equipment.

For the population of the Palestinian Authority, an ITU telecentre project delivers solutions enabling shared access to telecommunications and ICTs and facilitating access to online government information services and applications.

In Romania ITU has assisted with planning the implementation of a network of telecentres, by providing training to the regulatory agency officials in identifying information needs, business opportunities and potential partners for establishing telecentres nationwide. Through this collaboration with the Government of Romania, ITU aims to support building a knowledge-based economy through the efficient use of ICTs for commerce, education and public administration.

Connecting island communities is an ITU initiative based on the priorities of the Government of Samoa to bring telecommunications and ICT access to 10 rural communities in the districts of Upolu and Savai'i. These women-run telecentres are providing telephony, internet access and ICT applications for increasing computer literacy, enhancing business activities and providing basic services in health, education and public administration.

As a result of an ITU-funded and -implemented telecentre project, young people from 10 schools in the Guadalcanal province of the Solomon Islands now have access to internet-based services to enhance knowledge acquisition. Implemented with the support and participation of local partners and in order to ensure sustainability, these telecentres allow the nearby communities to have low‑cost access to a wide range of ICT applications capable of delivering services in various sectors.

A network of three telecentres in a refugee environment in Tanzania has been established. These serve Ngara, the district headquarters, K9, a camp for NGO workers operating in the refugee camps, and Lukole refugee camps. They are designed to be self-sustaining ventures meeting the information communication, health and education needs of the population they serve.

In efforts to promote the development of infrastructure and services to meet the needs of rural populations, reports, surveys and analyses have been carried out resulting in a publication on guidelines and best practices for communications in rural and remote areas. Undertaken within the framework of ITU-D Study Group 2, this global report now serves as a useful tool for all parties interested in promoting and developing projects on rural communications in developing and least developed countries.

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