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Broadband Development in Latin American Countries (CALL-53)


This Project is design to assist (10) Latin American countries in the design and implementation of policies and programmes for large-scale development of broadband access with a view of reaching national universal services objectives. The Project will support beneficiary countries drafting National Broadband Plans (NBPs) and promote enhanced regional dialogue and the development of common practical guidelines (Action Plan) for the implementation of broadband access technologies in agreement with globally adopted standards.

Broadband Networks in the Americas Region (CALL-51)


The objective of the project is to provide low cost digital access to public institutions including schools and hospitals, and for undeserved populations including those in rural and remote areas in the Americas Region by development and implementation of broadband connectivity and ICTapplications

Caribbean Spectrum Management Harmonization - HSMCAR (CALL50)


The "Caribbean Spectrum Management Harmonization Project (HSMCAR)" aims to strengthen Caribbean countries among the ACP Group of States in the field of frequency planning and assignments, spectrum management and radio monitoring by fostering regional cooperation through the development and implementation of harmonized policies and practices for spectrum management, the establishment of national spectrum management system by means of advanced quasi automated system and human and institutional capacity building in this field. The project will address the regulatory and technical challenges facing the beneficiary countries in the field of Spectrum Management with the goal of promoting a common, fair, transparent, stable, predictable and non-discriminatory enabling environment to foster technological and services innovation and encourage investment incentives. The project will (a) prepare, in close collaboration with regional organizations (eg. CTU, CDEMA, CBU, OOCUR) and respective countries, guidelines for harmonized policies, legislation and regulatory framework, (b) develop National and Regional Frequency Allocation Tables (NFAT and RFAT), © provide direct assistance to countries in the establishment of National Spectrum Management System, setting up borderline frequency coordination mechanism and (d) develop regional expertise through capacity building expertise. This project, which builds on initiatives undertaken in the region, in particular by the Caribbean Telecommunication Union (CTU), is complementary to the ITU-EC "Enhancing competitiveness in the Caribbean through the harmonization of ICT Policies, Legislation and Regulatory Procedures" (HIPCAR) project.

Caribbean Spectrum Management Harmonization Project (CALL-14)


The “Caribbean Spectrum Management Harmonization Project” aims to strengthen Caribbean countries among the ACP Group of States in the field of frequency planning and assignments, spectrum management and radio monitoring by fostering regional cooperation through the development and implementation of harmonized policies and practices for spectrum management, the establishment of national spectrum management system by means of advanced quasi automated system and human and institutional capacity building in this field. The project will address the regulatory and technical challenges facing the beneficiary countries in the field of Spectrum Management with the goal of promoting a common, fair, transparent, stable, predictable and non-discriminatory enabling environment to foster technological and services innovation and encourage investment incentives. The project will (a) prepare, in close collaboration with regional organizations (eg. CTU, CDEMA, CBU, OOCUR) and respective countries, guidelines for harmonized policies, legislation and regulatory framework, (b) develop National and Regional Frequency Allocation Tables (NFAT and RFAT), (c) provide direct assistance to countries in the establishment of National Spectrum Management System, setting up borderline frequency coordination mechanism and (d) develop regional expertise through capacity building expertise. This project, which builds on initiatives undertaken in the region, in particular by the Caribbean Telecommunication Union (CTU), is complementary to the ITU-EC “Enhancing competitiveness in the Caribbean through the harmonization of ICT Policies, Legislation and Regulatory Procedures” (HIPCAR) project.

Connecting Schools in Undeserved Areas of Countries of the Americas Region: Connecting the Unconnected Communities (CALL-62)


The Project aims to assist at least ten (10) Latin American countries. First step is to assist beneficiary countries in the preparation of a National School Connectivity Plan, for those that haven't yet prepared one, promoting the understanding and awareness among policy makers and regulators on the need to have coordinated policies, regulations and practices in this field. It will also develop in each country at least three model connected schools in undeserved areas that can also serve as community ICT centers, equipped with personal computers, printers, scanners, facsimile machines, assistive technologies, local area networks and, eventually, low-cost laptops for the students of selected schools in each country and ICT training materials (targeting users and training of trainers). An important aspect to highlight is that training will be provided for teachers and trainers who will train community members.

Deployment of Broadband in the Caribbean Region (CALL-52)


This Project is designed to assist the Administrations of the coutries in the Caribbean Region in the design and implementation of policies and programmes for large-scale development of broadband access with a view of reaching national universal services objectives. The project will support beneficiary countries drafting National Broadband Plans (NBPs) and promoto enhanced regional dialogue and the development of common practical guidelines (Action Plan) for the implementation of broadband access technologies in agreement with globally adopted standards.

Disseminating Cybersecurity Culture and Combating Cyber Threats in Latin America (CALL-56)


The overall Project objective is planning, developing and implementing capacity building programmes in the field of cybersecurity for government decision-makers of Latin American countries, including ministerial agencies and regulators mainly focused on the need of developing a sustainable and proactive culture of cybersecurity, awareness of legal aspects for future harmonization of cybersecurity laws, development of national strategies and security standards. This project aims at promoting and facilitating, through online/face-to-face training programmes, the implementation and deployment of cybersecurity capabilities towards the consolidation of he ITU Global Cybersecurity (GCA).

Emergency Telecommunications and Climate Change (CALL-61)


Emergency telecommunications/ICT play a critical role in the immediate aftermath of disasters by ensuring timely flow of vital information that is much needed by government agencies and other humanitarian actors involved in rescue operations and providing medical assistance to the injured. Integrating national Information and Communication Technologies in disaster prediction, detection and alerting would ensure the effectiveness of disaster risk reduction as well as adaptation to climate change. The World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC, Hyderabad2010), identified natural disasters as a major threat to socio-economic development and adopted emergency telecommunications as one of the regional initiatives for almost all the regions including the Americas. In light of this, ITU has been enhancing national capacity, through the development of Regional and National workshops, hands-on training and symposia on the use of ICTs for disaster management, as well as providing satellite emergency telecommunications equipment to restore vital communications in countries that have been struck by mayor disasters. In parallel, it has designed the ITU Framework for Cooperation in Emergencies (IFCE) to primarily deliver and deploy telecommunications/information and communications resources to countries, humanitarian actors, and victims of disasters in a timely manner whenever and wherever disasters may occur through the use of transportable, easy to deploy, and reliable systems that are non-exclusive. Principally, the IFCE extends its services to all phases of disaster management. The overall Project objective will build upon existing ITU experience and expertise in order to assist countries in the region to prepare, alert, respond and recover from disasters. Similarly, it is intended to assist countries in the use of ICTs as enablers to adapting better to climate change and mitigate its impacts. This Project is directly related to Americas Regional Initiative 1 approved in the World Telecommunications Development conference based on the needs identified by American countries requesting assistance in all phases of disaster management.

Institutional support on the ICT dispute settlement mechanisms in the Caribbean (CALL-12)


Over the last two decade, most of the Government of the Caribbean have embarked on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) policy and regulatory reforms recognizing the need to create better conditions to properly deal with the new issues brought by convergence in the ICT Sector. The “Institutional support on the ICT dispute settlement mechanisms in the Caribbean” project aims at building on the platform and dynamism created in the region by the ITU-EC “Enhancing the competitiveness in the Caribbean through the harmonization of ICT Policies, Legislation and Regulatory Procedures” (HIPCAR) project and is designed to support the Caribbean countries among the ACP Group of States to move into the convergence era with updated regulatory and legal frameworks, and, in particular, with the more appropriate skills within their bodies involved in ICT dispute settlement (the Judiciary as well as the Regulatory Authority, the Ministry having competence in ICT dispute settlement and, if any, the Ombudsman), hereinafter referred as “Dispute Settlement Bodies” to handle disputes in the ICT sector. It will provide responses to challenges that beneficiary countries will face during implementation of harmonized ICT environment It will address the need for building human and institutional capacity of these bodies (with particular attention to improve speed, efficiency and effectiveness of dispute resolution) through a range of targeted training, education and knowledge sharing measures as well as through the development of specific tools, with the goal of fostering an enabling and competitive environment conducive to necessary investments in ICT infrastructure, applications and services. This objective is in line with the objectives of the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS), the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-10) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Institutional support on the ICT dispute settlement mechanisms in the Caribbean - DSMCAR (CALL48)


Over the last two decade, most of the Government of the Caribbean have embarked on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) policy and regulatory reforms recognizing the need to create better conditions to properly deal with the new issues brought by convergence in the ICT Sector. The "Institutional support on the ICT dispute settlement mechanisms in the Caribbean" project aims at building on the platform and dynamism created in the region by the ITU-EC "Enhancing the competitiveness in the Caribbean through the harmonization of ICT Policies, Legislation and Regulatory Procedures" (HIPCAR) project and is designed to support the Caribbean countries among the ACP Group of States to move into the convergence era with updated regulatory and legal frameworks, and, in particular, with the more appropriate skills within their bodies involved in ICT dispute settlement (the Judiciary as well as the Regulatory Authority, the Ministry having competence in ICT dispute settlement and, if any, the Ombudsman), hereinafter referred as "Dispute Settlement Bodies" to handle disputes in the ICT sector. It will provide responses to challenges that beneficiary countries will face during implementation of harmonized ICT environment It will address the need for building human and institutional capacity of these bodies (with particular attention to improve speed, efficiency and effectiveness of dispute resolution) through a range of targeted training, education and knowledge sharing measures as well as through the development of specific tools, with the goal of fostering an enabling and competitive environment conducive to necessary investments in ICT infrastructure, applications and services. The ICT Regulatory Decisions Clearinghouse (ICTDec) serving as repository of ICT regulatory decisions will be updated to enable the dispute settlement bodies to refer to decisions taken by other dispute settlement bodies on similar issues (jurisprudence), be more responsive and capable of resolving ICT related disputes. This objective is in line with the objectives of the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS), the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-10) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Internet reduction cost through IXPs in the Americas region (CALL-54)


The project aims to: -Establish new IXPs in the region, especially in countries where none exists. The vision of the project is to have at least 1 IXP in every country of Latin America and the Caribbean. -Create and strengthen partnerships between ITU and entities interested in working collaboratively in Internet related issues in Latin America and the Caribbean. -Achieve consensus in the region among the different actors -ISPs, Technical Community, Regulators, Policy Makers- on the benefits of founding local and national IXPs. -Convince other development actors - like Development Bank and sister UN Agencies - of the benefits of IXPs, not only for the access to the Internet and broadband, but their socio-economic impact.

Low-cost computing devices and e-educational content for Schools (CALL-64)


The project aims at use of ICT in education through introducing low-cost tablets for students/teachers in schools in pilot countries in the Americas Region. Several low-cost tablets are currently available in the market providing the potential to revolutionize the use of educational computing in schools. The use of low-cost, Open Source tablets make content development easier and facilitate the distribution of free and paid educational content.

National CIRT Establishment in Americas Region (CALL-59)


The main goal of the project is to assist Member States in the Americas Region to establish its national CIRT (Computer Incident Response Team), to serve as a trusted, central coordination point of contact for cybersecurity, aimed at identifying, defending, responding and managing cyber threats. ITU will assist in building and deploying the technical capabilities and related trainings necessary to establish its national CIRT. Thus it is expected to lead to development of national cybersecurity capacity while moving forward on enhancing regional and international collaboration.

Non-Ionizing Radiation (NIR) and Health Protection (CALL-55)


This project aims foster an enabling environment for the deployment of wireless networks and their associated infrastructures in Latin America, mainly regarding the lack of appropriate regulatory frameworks and the social apprehension as to Human Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields (EMF). The project will: i) evaluate relevant regulations related to the EMF assessment in every country of the region; ii) development general tools (guidelines, practices and regulatory framework) needed to facilitate the deployment of wireless networks with the acceptance of the population; and iii) implement pilot tests in selected countries.

Support for transition from analogue to digital broadcasting in the Caribbean (CALL-13)


The project “Support for transition from analogue to digital broadcasting in the Caribbean” is designed to assist Caribbean countries among the ACP Group of States in smoothly transitioning from analogue to digital broadcasting through the development and promotion of harmonized guidelines (policy and regulatory, economic, market and business development, and technologies and networks issues) for the development of roadmaps for the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting and the development of a toolkit for broadcasting policies and regulations, as well as human and institutional capacity building. The project will address the regulatory, political, technological and economic challenges which the beneficiary countries will face when implementing the transition. It will bring together Caribbean governments, regulators, service providers, civil society, private sector, regional and international organizations dealing with broadcasting.

Support for transition from analogue to digital broadcasting in the Caribbean - TADCAR (CALL49)


The project "Support for transition from analogue to digital broadcasting in the Caribbean (TADCAR)" is designed to assist Caribbean countries among the ACP Group of States in smoothly transitioning from analogue to digital broadcasting through the development and promotion of harmonized guidelines (policy and regulatory, economic, market and business development, and technologies and networks issues) for the development of roadmaps for the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting and the development of a toolkit for broadcasting policies and regulations, as well as human and institutional capacity building. The project will address the regulatory, political, technological and economic challenges which the beneficiary countries will face when implementing the transition. It will bring together Caribbean governments, regulators, service providers, civil society, private sector, regional and international organizations dealing with broadcasting.

The Child Online Protection (COP) (CALL-60)


The "Child Oncline Protection (COP) Initiative for the Americas Region" is intended to develop a cybersecurity strategy for children and young people, and deliver significant national and societal benefits in the region. This project focuses on five main areas: i) establishment of a general framework for action which coordinates existing efforts and ii) a series of training and prevention initiatives which are focused on children, schools and communities aimed at reducing the risks involved in accessing the Internet. Under the framework of ITU's COP Initiative, the strategies fall within five work areas: i) Legal measures, ii) Technical and procedural measures, iii) Organizational structures, iv) Capacity Building, and v) International cooperation.