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Asia-Pacific Regional Initiatives on Telecommunications (9RAS10035)



In the Asia-Pacific Region, the ITU is presently implementing numerous activities and country specific actions relating to telecommunication/ICT policy and regulatory cooperation, rural communications/infrastructure development, NGN planning, disaster/emergency communications, digital broadcasting and unique telecommunication/ICT needs of Pacific Islands and Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
The focus of this project will be to continue these activities while maintaining the collaborative efforts between the Department of Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) and ITU in assisting members within the Asia-Pacific Region with relevant telecommunications assistance, such as organizing trainings and workshops, and providing country specific actions in response to specific ICT related needs.
To implement activities that would work towards addressing these needs, DBCDE and ITU have signed a MoU in March 2010 wherein a contribution of CHF 591'000 has been made by DBCDE. In addition, Projects 9RAS06021, 9RAS07023, and 9RAS05019 have been successfully implemented and the remaining funds from each project originating from DBCDE (or formerly known as DCITA) will be transferred to this particular project. Details of the activities that will be carried out under this project are described herein.

Asia-Pacific USO Forum (9RAS14048)


The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) of Thailand is mandated to implement Universal Service Obligation (USO) for telecommunications/ICTs in Thailand. The NBTC wishes to establish a cooperation mechanism and forum for information exchange. In this regard, the ITU and the NBTC agree to jointly implement this project which will, among others, establish an international platform for cooperation on USO subject matters, organize a regional forum, and build human capacity of the NBTC.


Assistance for the Establishment of Sector Governance in Telecommunications in East Timor (7TIM04002)


Under this project, ITU will provide assistance to the Government of East Timor in establishing an operational structure of the "Autoridade Reguladora das Comunicações - ARCOM" (The Communications Regulatory Authority). Included in this initiative will be significant support to enable ARCOM to manage and regulate the sector in the country. Among the major outputs will be a Telecommunications Act together with outputs on Numbering, Universal Service, Carrier, Service Provider and Costing and Pricing (to name a few), a Radio Communications Act and a Broadcast Act. In these last two, ITU will also assist in the elaboration of a National Frequency Plan, National Radio Regulation, and a guide for Spectrum Monitoring. In addition, ITU will assist in the introduction of SMS4DC as the computerized system for spectrum management in the country. Assistance will also be provided for the design of a coverage map for MW, FM and TV Broadcasting. The Project will include an integrated capacity building process for up-grading the skills of ARCOM staff. The project will be executed in 2 Phases (2006-08 and 2008-09). The second Phase will be implemented upon successful completion of Phase 1 and subject to review, and confirmation of inputs from partners.

Assistance in Telecommunication Policies and Regulations in the Asia-Pacific Region (9RAS09031)



In the Asia Pacific Region, the ITU is implemented the five regional initiatives developed during WTDC'06 (ASP RI1) Telecommunication/ICT Policy and Regulatory Cooperation in the Asia Pacific Region, (ASP RI2) Rural Communications - Infrastructure Development, (ASP RI3) NGN Planning, (ASP RI4) Unique Telecommunication/ICT needs of Pacific Islands and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and (ASP RI5) Strengthening the collaboration between ITU-T and ITU-D.
This project focuses primarly on implementing the Regional Initiatives ASP RI1 and ASP RI4 by organizing trainings, workshops and providing country specific actions in response to specifi ICT related needs. To implement activities that would work towards addressing these needs, the Department of Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) and the ITU signed an MoU in January 2009 wherein a contribution of CHF 591'000 has been made by DBCDE. In addition, funds from project 7TIM04002 of USD 51'703 and funds from project 9RAS07023 of USD 22'385 were be transferred to this project. This project document details the activities that will be carried out under this project

Assistance in Telecommunication/ICT in ASP (9RAS11038)


The Department of Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) contributes CHF 591,000 to the ITU Development Sector (ITU D-Sector). A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and this project document signed by DBCDE and the ITU govern the funding arrangements and activities to be implemented utilizing these funds. The activities are implemented by the ITU Development Sector Regional office for the Asia-Pacific Region (ASP) in Bangkok. In addition to the contribution of CHF 591,000, the available funds for this project include the remaining funds transferred from a previous Australian funded project (Project 9RAS09031) which was successfully implemented in 2010. In the ASP Region, the ITU is implementing various activities under the Hyderabad Action Plan (HAP) adopted at the World Telecommunication Development Conference in 2010. Activities include regional events and country specific actions relating to all aspects of telecommunication/ICT development. This project document aims to support and facilitate these planned activities as well as any new initiatives requested by ASP member administrations. Key areas of focus include the five Programmes and the Asia-Pacific Regional Initiatives identified in the HAP. This includes thematic areas such as telecommunications/ICT policy and regulation, human capacity building, cybersecurity, spectrum management, ICT applications, digital inclusion and emergency communications.

Assistance in Telecommunication/ICT in ASP Region (9RAS12041)


The Department of Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) contributes CHF 591,000 to the ITU Development Sector (ITU D-Sector). A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and this project document signed by DBCDE and the ITU governs the funding arrangements and activities to be implemented utilizing these funds. In the Asia-Pacific (ASP) Region, the ITU is implementing various activities under the Hyderabad Action Plan (HAP) adopted at the World Telecommunication Development Conference in 2010. Activities include regional events and country specific actions relating to all aspects of telecommunication/ICT development. This project document aims to support and facilitate those planned activities which meet the criteria set out in this document as well as any new initiative requested by member administrations. Key areas of focus include the five Programmes and the Asia-Pacific Regional Initiatives identified in the HAP. This includes thematic areas such as telecommunications/ICT policy and regulation, human capacity building, cybersecurity, spectrum management, ICT applications, digital inclusion, and emergency communications.

Assistance in the Licensing of the Third Mobile Operator in I.R. of Iran (9IRA07007)


The Iran Telecommunication Research Centre (ITRC) has been tasked by the Ministry of ICT (MICT) of I.R. of Iran to carry out preparatory work for licensing of the third mobile operator in the country. ITRC has engaged a national consulting company to carry out this work. Detailed tasks undertaken by the national company are attached to this document. The company has established three expert groups to work on technical, market and legal related matters. ITU is required to assist ITRC in carrying out an in-depth review of the documents and reports available, particularly the draft business plan, draft license, draft RFP and draft Technology roadmap, make recommendations for the improvement of these documents, as well as develop a plan for subsequent phrases of the project and assist the expert groups in the presentation of these reports to the Steering Committee.

Broadband Policies/Plans & Applications (9RAS13043)


The World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) has emphasized the role of information and communication infrastructure, including broadband, in accelerating the social and economic progress of countries, and the well-being of all individuals, communities and people. With the growth of broadband and the increasing emphasis of governments on leveraging the broadband infrastructure for socio-economic development, there is a need to build human capacity that would create appropriate enabling environment for broadband proliferation and use. ITU Member States have recognized the importance of promoting broadband uptake and urban and rural areas as well as the need for creating appropriate skills (WTDC-10, Regional Initiatives). Over 130 governments have today adopted or are planning to adopt a national policy, strategy or plan to promote broadband.

Building capacity of harnessing ICTs for disempowered/marginalised communities in Sri Lanka (7GLO07061)


This project, which is a sub-project of the project "MCT project for Special Initiative", is aimed to create a public awareness programme and fundraising activities to help these marginalized communities living / working villages, schools and Vocational Training Centers through equipping the special schools, MCTs and villages with basic sets of ICT equipment and facilities including Braille printers and other specific technologies to enhance accessibility. The ultimate goal of this project is that through harnessing the power of ICTs, people with disabilities should be empowered to live and work with confidence and are ensured for their security and acceptance in the societies.

Capacity Building and ICT Policy, Regulatory and Legislative Frameworks Support for Pacific Island States (7RAS08025)


The ICB4PAC project, which covers the ACP countries of the Pacific, aims at building human and institutional capacity in the field of ICT through a range of targeted training, education and knowledge sharing measures as well as developing background material for possible harmonized policies for the ICT market.

Centre of Excellence Network in the Asia-Pacific Region (7RAS07024)



The aim of this project is to build a self-dependant mechanism in the Asia Pacific region, in order to strengthen capacity based network of self-dependent training Nodes.
Each node will lead the design and implementation of a distinct training programme (Business management, Technology awareness, Spectrum management, Telecommunications regulation and Rural connectivity). It will bring together established training content providers (universities, technological institutions and training centres, among others) as well as service and technology providers that will offer on-line training solutions combined with face-to-face seminars.
All Nodes will work regionally and complement each other in order to create a critical mass of courses, thus setting up a sound and self-sustainable capacity building environment in the Asia-Pacific region.

CLMV Subregional Workshop on IP/NGN Technologies and Services (9RAS10037)


VIETTEL and ITU would like to establish a partnership to strengthen human capacity for government and industry staff/officials from CLMV countries who are involved in policy, regulations, planning implementation and roll out of IP/NGN services in (CLMV), by organizing a training workshop on IP/NGN Technologies and Services. In this context, VIETTEL with endorsement from the Ministry of Information and Communication, VietNam has requested ITU to co-organize a 4 day- training workshop on "IP/NGN Technologies" from policy, regulatory and business perspectives.
This project was implemented in 2010 within the frameworks of Programme 5 (Human Capacity Building) of the Doha Action Plan and the Asia Pacific Regional Initiative on "Telecommunication/ICT Policy and Regulatory Cooperation" (ASP RI1) and "NGN Planning" (ASP RI3).

Development of a Roadmap for Mobile Television Broadcasting Deployment and Regulation in Thailand (9THA14024)


The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) of Thailand has mandates to put in place policy and regulatory frameworks for, and ensuring the provision of, digital broadcasting services in Thailand. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), pursuant to the outcomes of the World Telecommunication Development Conference, held in Hyderabad, India in 2010 (WTDC-2010), is also mandated to assist its Member States and their regulators in the deployment of mobile television broadcasting.

Considering the above and with an aim of the NBTC to roll-out mobile television broadcasting in Thailand, ITU and NBTC are implementing this project on development of a roadmap for mobile television broadcasting deployment and regulation in Thailand.


DTTB Frequency Planning & Measurement (9THA14022)


The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) of Thailand has its mandates to put in place policy and regulatory frameworks and ensuring digital broadcasting services in Thailand. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), pursuant to the outcomes of WTDC-2010, is also mandated to assist member countries and regulators in smooth transition from analogue to digital terrestrial TV broadcasting.

Considering the above and in order for Thailand to smoothly migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting, ITU and NBTC are implementing a project on transition from analogue to digital TV broadcasting in Thailand. Under this project, the following results are expected, among others:

· Revision and finalization of roadmap on the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting;

· Policy and regulatory frameworks for DTTB including spectrum-related and broadcasting service licence-related matters;

· Technical evaluation of a trial/pilot transmission of digital terrestrial TV broadcasting project in Thailand;

Enhanced skills of the Office of NBTC, and other relevant local stakeholders.


Feasibility study of restoring connectivity through the use of the Moveable and Deployable ICT Resource Unit (MDRU) (9PHI14003)


Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) the strongest recorded typhoon to make landfall devastated the Visayas region of the Philippines on November 8, 2013. The typhoon devastated much of the telecommunications network in the region for a significant amount of time, which slowed down the process of aid recovery and disaster management by local and national authorities.

In this regard, ITU in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), Japan will provide a Movable And Deployable ICT Resource Unit (MDRU) in the island of Cebu in the Philippines in order to study feasibility for restoring basic telecommunication infrastructure that was destroyed by typhoon Haiyan.

MIC and DOST agreed to cooperate to conduct the study on the feasibility and deployment of an MDRU solution in Cebu Island and requested ITU to support this activity.

This project therefore is about addressing a need and responding to the Philippine Government’s request for assistance to restore connectivity in one of the worst affected islands by typhoon Haiyan, by using the specific technology employed by MDRU, which is acknowledged by DOST as the preferable technology for responding to the aforementioned need.


ICT Policy & Regulatory Cooperation in the Asia Pacific region and addressing the unique ICT needs of the Pacific Island countries (9RAS07023)


WTDC’06 identified five regional initiatives for the Asia Pacific region, which include Telecommunication/ICT Policy and Regulatory Cooperation in the Asia Pacific Region, Rural Communications – Infrastructure Development, NGN Planning, Unique Telecommunication/ICT needs of Pacific Islands and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Asia-Pacific region and Strengthening the collaboration between ITU-T and ITU-D. As the countries in the ASP region embrace competition, adopt new technologies and services, there are new requirements in the region (e.g. Issues pertaining to NGN and Cybersecurity) to address the issues arising therein in addition to continued assistance on existing regulatory issues that emerging regulators are faced with. On a sub regional basis, the Pacific Island countries are faced with unique needs such as regulatory expertise requirement, assistances in enacting / implementing laws pertaining to competition, building emergency communication facilities as well as providing support through rural communication facilities.

ITU NBTC Training Program 2011 (9RAS11039)


The Office of National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, Thailand, has an ongoing initiative with the International Telecommunication Union to enhance the skills of its staff and the telecommunication/ICT industry stakeholders in various areas of telecommunication and broadcasting regulation and development. Building on the success of the initiative, the ITU and the Office of NBTC would like to continue the partnership and organize three training programs between March and December 2011, in Thailand. This project also contributes to meet overall objectives of the ITU-D (2011-2014) in general and the Asia-Pacific Regional Initiatives in particular. To implement these activities, the Office of National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) and the ITU have signed a Voluntary Contribution Agreement (VCA) wherein a contribution of USD 78'628 will be made by the NBTC to implement this project.

ITU NBTC Training Program 2013 (9THA13019)


The Office of National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, Thailand, intends to support a capacity building project together with the International Telecommunication Union (hereinafter, the “Project”), to enhance the skills of its staff and the staff of telecommunication/ICT stakeholders in various areas of telecommunication/ICT and broadcasting development. Based on the ITU Asia-Pacific Regional Initiative on Policy and Regulation and among other development programs, initiatives and activities, the ITU and the Office of NBTC would like to carry out this Project through organizing three training courses between March and December 2013 in Thailand. To implement this Project, the Office of National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) and the ITU have signed a Voluntary Contribution Agreement wherein a contribution of USD 80,300 will be made by the Office of the NBTC to ITU.


ITU NBTC Training Program 2014 (9RAS14049)


The Office of National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, Thailand, intends to support a capacity building project with the International Telecommunication Union to enhance the skills of its staff and the telecommunication/ICT stakeholders in various areas of telecommunication/ICT and broadcasting development. In relation to the ITU Asia-Pacific Regional Initiative on Policy and Regulation inter alia among other development programs, initiatives and activities, the ITU and the Office of NBTC would like to carry out this Project through organizing workshops/ training programs between April and December 2014 in Thailand. To implement this Project, the Office of National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) and the ITU have signed a Voluntary Contribution Agreement (VCA) wherein a contribution of USD 80,300 will be made by the Office of the NBTC to the ITU to implement this Project.


ITU NBTC Training Programme 2012 (9THA12014)


The Office of National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, Thailand has an ongoing initiative with the International Telecommunication Union to enhance the skills of its staff and the telecommunication/ICT industry stakeholders in various areas of telecommunication and broadcasting regulation and development. Building on the success of the initiative, the ITU and the Office of NBTC would like to continue the partnership and organize three training programs between March and December, 2012 in Thailand. This project also contributes to meet the overall objectives of the ITU-D (2011-2014) in general and the Asia-Pacific Regional Initiatives in particular. To implement these activities, the Office of National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) and the ITU have signed a Voluntary Contribution Agreement (VCA) wherein a contribution of USD 80,300 will be made by the NBTC to implement this project.

ITU NTC Training Program 2010 (9THA10010)


National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), Thailand the Telecommunication Regulator has an ongoing endeavor to enhance the skills of its staff and the industry in various areas of telecommunication regulation and development. Based on the success of the training project for NTC that was carried out by the ITU in 2007, 2008 and 2009, ITU and NTC would like to continue the partnership to organize three training programs for its staff and other stakeholders in the areas of Insfrastructure Sharing, International Issues in Interconnection and IP Interconnection aspects. These training programs would be held between March and December, 2010 in Thailand.

ITU TCI Training Program on NGN Migration Planning (9IRA10008)


Telecommunication Company of Iran is presently planning its migration to the Next General Networks (NGN) and would like to enhance the skills of its staff in the area of migration to Next Generation Networks. In this context, TCI has requested ITU to organize a 5 days workshop on "NGN Migration Planning".
International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in accordance with the mandate provided by Members during the World Telecommunication Development Conference 2006 carries out capacity building activities through its various Programs and Regional Initiatives. This project would be implemented in 2010 within the framework of the Asia Pacific Regional Initiative on "NGN Migration Planning".

ITU-IDA Executive Training Program on Enabling Frameworks for ICT Development (ASP-RI-02)


One of the major outcomes from the World Telecommunication Development Conference (Doha, 2006) is the identification of Regional Initiatives, including 5 Regional Initiatives for the Asia-Pacific Region. This project is linked to the Regional Initiative on Telecommunication/ICT Policy and Regulatory Cooperation in the Asia Pacific region which aims to assist Member Countries in the region through enhanced cooperation and strengthened regional presence to develop various policy and regulatory skills and frameworks, enhance interconnectivity and interoperability within and among Asia-Pacific member countries and establish mechanisms to link ITU and telecommunication/ICT policy makers from Asia-Pacific region for sharing and exchanging information, experiences and best practices.
This project concerns the collaboration between ITU and IDA on the development and promotion of an executive training programme led by IDA called "Enabling Frameworks for ICT Development - The Singapore Experience".

Licensee Monitoring and Compliance Framework (9THA10012)


The ITU-NTC joint project of licensee monitoring and complaince aims at assisting the Office of National Telecommunications Commission (ONTC) Thailand in reviewing its existing regulatory framework with prime focus on monitoring, compliance and enforcement of licence in terms and conditions. While examining the existing framework, the project will suggest improvements in practices, recommend and develop necessary tools and reports, build the necessary human capacity and suggest reform of relevant policy and regulations for effective and efficient monitoring and compliance licensees. ITU has a long history in working with its members in the area of regulatory reform. The focus area of enabling environment was reiterated by the Membership during WTDC 2010 both in the global programs and in the Asia-Pacific regional initiatives for the period 2011-2014.
Key beneficiaries are the ONTC as well as industry and consumer of telecommunications services in Thailand. Collective case examples as a result of the implementation of this project, will be shared with National Regulatory Authorities of ITU member countries.

Master Plan for wireless broadband in Asia and the Pacific (9RAS10036)


Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are widely recognized as key drivers of private sector investment, employment and socio-economic development. However, while industrialized countries are rapidly and effectively levaraging the benefits of ICTs, many developing and least developed countries have yet to realise full potential of ICT, resulting in widening the gaps in socio-economic development including delays in availing potential opportunities and prosperity offered by ICT.
Considering the importance of ICT and it potential in narrowing the gaps, the Asia Pacific Regional Inititiative (ASP RIs) established in WTDC-10 defined a clear priority on broadband development, naming "Broadband Access and Uptake in Urban and Rural Areas" as ASP RI4. While large investments are pouring into laying out optical fibre networks for domestic and international connectivity, access remains a key challenge to connect people, particularly those living in difficult terrains or scattered areas. Wireless technologies could be one of the promising options to encourage affordable access especially for the last mile to cover rural and remote areas. Hence, most of the Small Islands Developing States, LDCs, Countries in Special Needs and Developing Countries are considering wireless connectivity for the last mile as one of the primary solutions.
Therefore, in order to facilitate building wireless broadband in developing and least developed countries, ITU in close collaboration with Korean Government, intends to implement a project on master plan for wireless broadband in the Asia-Pacific Region. Under this project the following outputs will be delivered:
-Survey results on the status of the broadband in ASP region;
-Wireless Broadband Master Plans for selected countries in the Asia Pacific Region;
-Enhanced skills through training for making wireless broadband master plan.

Master Plans for Spectrum Management (9RAS14047)


This project aims to assist developing countries in the Asia-Pacific (ASP) region to establish national spectrum management master plans. The activities of the project with respect to each beneficiary country include the assessment of spectrum management scheme (i.e. spectrum policy, spectrum use, authorization, spectrum sharing, spectrum pricing, spectrum monitoring and compliance), and the provision of advice in connection with each beneficiary country’s development of relevant policies, legislations and regulations, based on request and interest of such beneficiary country. This project will also build human capacity and provide guidance during implementation of the master plans where requested by a beneficiary country and agreed to by ITU.


NBTC USONET Volunteers (9THA14023)


The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) of Thailand is mandated to implement Universal Service Obligation (USO) for telecommunications/ICTs in Thailand. It has set up hundreds of USONETs (rural Internet centres) throughout the country and has a plan to establish thousands more in the next three years. The NBTC wishes to set up a local network of volunteers to be referred to as USONET Volunteers to promote and strengthen the capacity of USONETs. Given that the ITU has initiated an International ICT Volunteers Programme (IIV), the NBTC and ITU will jointly implement this project aimed at establishing the USONET Volunteers with a view towards promoting the USONET programme and the sustainability of USONETs in Thailand. This project, therefore, will train and dispatch local volunteers to USONETs in various locations of Thailand.


NGN Planning, Migration and Applications (ASP-RI-01)


Adopted at World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC, Doha, 2006), the Doha Action Plan include five regional initiatives for Asia-Pacific region. This umbrella project is one of the initiatives and seeks for ITU assistance to developing countries in the region in smooth migration from existing networks into the Next Generation Network (NGN) by studying specific questions as requested by Member States in order to develop Handbook/Guidelines on applying NGN network planning methodologies, software tools and technologies and migration strategies for NGN.In addition, the project also seeks to launch global network planning initiative to assist migrate, establish and develop NGN applications for benefit of end users utilizing the NGN infrastructure. The outcome of the project has two components: Component A: Seeks to develop ‘Handbook, Guidelines and Case Studies on NGN Migration Strategies and Planning Methodologies using advanced models and software Tools’ and Component B: ‘To develop Pilot Projects on NGN applications and service deployment under global network planning initiative’.

Pilot Biddings for USO Projects in Two Provinces of Thailand (9THA12013)


The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) of Thailand and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) have jointly implemented a project on Universal Service Obligation Policy in Thailand whereby a new (draft) USO policy has been proposed to the Commission. Among other things, the new policy states that Universal Service Providers will be selected through competitive biddings for which a framework will be recommended by the ongoing joint NBTC/ITU project.
In preparation for adoption of the new policy, the NBTC wishes to conduct pilot biddings for USO projects using the recommended framework. In this regard, the NBTC has agreed to initiate and implement this project with the ITU to identify the recommended bidding and evaluation frameworks for selecting Univesal Service Providers to implement USO projects in two provinces of Thailand. The two provinces have been identified as Pitsanulok and Mahasarakham provinces

Policy and Regulatory Assistance in Asia and the Pacific (9RAS08026)


In the Asia Pacific region, the ITU is presently implementing the five regional initiatives developed during WTDC'06 on (ASP RI1) Telecommunication/ICT Policy and Regulatory Cooperation in the Asia Pacific Region, (ASP RI2) Rural Communications - Infrastructure Development (ASP RI3) NGN Planning (ASP RI4) Unique Telecommunications/ICT needs of Pacific Islands and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and (ASP RI5) Strengthening the collaboration between ITU-T and ITU-D.
This project focuses primarly on implementing the Regional Initiatives ASP RI1 and ASP RI4 by organising trainings, workshops and providing direct country assistances in response to specific ICT related needs. To implement activities that would work towards addressing these needs, the Department of Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) and the ITU have signed an MoU wherein a contribution of CHF 591,000 has been made by DBCDE. This project document details the activities.

Promoting Transformational Power of Broadband (9RAS13046)


Broadband has been recognized for its impact on nations’ socio-economic development and achieving Millennium Development Goals. Therefore, access and usage of broadband are increasingly considered as essential prerequisites that need to be universally available to all citizens. Convergence, digitalization and change from network centric to device centric architecture has provided tremendous opportunities for creation of User Generated Content. This has enabled the possibility of participation for anyone, anywhere, anytime in the information society through socio-economic advances and improvements in entrepreneurship especially rural / remote / marginalized communities in improving quality of life.

Based on the successes and lessons learned from countries, especially Malaysia through the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) which have played a critical role to promote broadband and encourage the communities at the roots for their betterment in their lives through the belief that “Everything is possible with broadband”, MCMC has captured five stories which were told in video format about how broadband transforms lives. The stories have inspired people, not only the citizens of Malaysia, but also many in other parts of the world who have seen the videos. It is demonstrated that the approach adopted by the MCMC is so productive and effective that it should be expanded to the international level with an aim to create wide impact and awareness to as many as possible.

Recognizing the common objectives, ITU and MCMC wish to initiate a contest on promoting the transformational power of broadband – “Connecting at the Roots” - which will invite applications for capturing stories about broadband and its impact to individuals and society, based on true stories.


Roadmap development for digital terrestrial radio broadcasting roll-out in Thailand (9THA13018)


The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) of Thailand has its mandates to put in place policy and regulatory frameworks and ensuring digital broadcasting services in Thailand. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), pursuant to the outcomes of WTDC-2010, is also mandated to assist member countries and regulators in digital terrestrial radio roll-out.
Considering the above and in order for Thailand to roll-out digital terrestrial radio, ITU and NBTC are implementing a project on digital terrestrial radio roll-out in Thailand. Under this project, the following outputs will be delivered, among others:
- Revision and finalization of Roadmap for digital terrestrial radio roll-out in Thailand;
- Policy and regulatory frameworks for Digital Radio including spectrum-related and broadcasting service licence-related matters;
- Technical evaluation of a trial/pilot transmission of digital radio project in Thailand;
- Enhanced skills of the Office of NBTC, and other relevant local stakeholders.


Roadmap for Transition from Analogue to Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting and Mobile Television in Asia and the Pacific (7RAS09034)


The television industry has undergone dramatic transformation over the 80 years since mechanical television first appeared on the scene. The most striking changes were: switching from mechanical television to electronic television; and from black and white to colour. Other innovations that had significant bearing on the television sector are Video Cassette Recorder (VCR), remote control and teletext, to name a few.
The television industry currently is on the cusp of another major transition that will have far reaching implications: the migration from traditional analogue TV to Digital Terrestrial Broadcasting (DTB) and Mobile TV (MTV).
Analogue TV is on the verge of obsolescence in most developed countries. Most developing and least developed countries, however are in early stages of this significant technology transition. Many countries requiere technical support to develop their plans for such transition. WTDC-06 considered this matter and included digital conversion in DAP Programme 2. Developing countries raised the issue of back-up support in many ITU fora including ITU-D Regional Preparatory meetings for ASP, AFR and AMS. DTB&MTV have been identified as high priority issues for theses regions to be considered by WTDC-2010.
Considering the above and in order to facilitate the transition from Analogue to Digital developing and least developed countries, ITU in close collaboration with Korean Government intends to implement a project on DBT&MTV in the Asia-Pacific Region. Under this project the following outputs will be delivered:
-Policy and regulatory framework for DTB including MTV through adaptation of comprehensive guideline developed by BDT for the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting;
-Digital Broadcasting Master Plan for transition from analogue to digital broadcasting including Mobile TV for selected countries;
-Enhanced skills of concerned experts on the Digital Broadcasting Master Plan for the transition and technologies including interactive multimedia services and IPTV;
-Appropriate mechanisms for conversion from analogue to digital archives.

Roadmap for Transition from Analogue to Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting and Mobile Television in Asia and the Pacific (9RAS12042)


The broadcasting industry is undergoing major transformation in the converged environment. The technologies driving the transmission, production and archiving are in the process of transitioning from analogue to digital creating new opportunities while posing new challenges.
Analogue TV is on the verge of obsolescence in most developed countries. Most developing and least developed countries however are in early stages of this significant technology transition. Many countries require technical support to develop their plans for such transition. The introduction of the digital broadcasting was endorsed by the region as one of the Regional Initiatives for Asia-Pacific by the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-10, Hyderabad, India, 24 May – 4 June 2010)
The objective of this project is to assist countries in Asia and the Pacific region in smooth transition from analogue to digital terrestrial television broadcasting with the following:

  • Policy and regulatory framework for digital terrestrial television broadcasting through adaptation of comprehensive guideline developed by BDT for transition from analogue to digital broadcasting;
  • Digital Broadcasting Master Plan for transition from analogue to digital terrestrial television broadcasting for selected countries;
  • Enhanced skills of concerned experts on the digital broadcasting master plan for the transition and technologies including interactive multimedia services, Mobile TV, and IPTV.

Roadmap for Transition from Analogue to Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting in Asia and the Pacific (9RAS13044)


The broadcasting industry is undergoing major transformation in the converged environment. The technologies driving the transmission, production and archiving are in the process of transitioning from analogue to digital, creating new opportunities while posing new challenges.

Analogue TV is on the verge of obsolescence in most developped countries. Most developing and least developed countries, however, are in early stages of making the significant technology transition from analogue to digital television broadcasting. Many of these countries require technical support to develop their plans for such transition. The introduction of the digital broadcasting was endorsed by the region as one of the Regional Initiatives for Asia-Pacific by the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-10, Hyderabad, India, 24 May-4 June 2010).

The objective of this project is to assist selected beneficiary countries located mainly in Asia and the Pacific region in the smooth transition from analogue to digital terrestrial television broadcasting through the following:

  • Digital Broadcasting Master Plan for transition form analogue to digital terrestrial television broadcasting;
  • Enhanced skills of concerned experts on the digital broadcasting master plan for the transition and on digital broadcasting technologies, including interactive multimedia services, Mobile TV, and IPTV.

Roadmap for Transition from Analogue to Digital TV Broadcasting in Thailand (9THA12017)


The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) of Thailand has its mandates to put in place policy and regulatory frameworks and ensuring digital broadcasting services in Thailand. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), pursuant to the outcomes of WTDC-2010, is also mandated to assist member countries and regulators in smooth transition from analogue to digital terrestrial TV broadcasting.
Considering the above and in order for Thailand to smoothly migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting, ITU and NBTC are implementing a project on transition from analogue to digital TV broadcasting in Thailand. Under this project, the following results are expected, among others:
- Revision and finalization of roadmap on the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting;
- Policy and regulatory frameworks for DTTB including spectrum-related and broadcasting service licence-related matters;
- Technical evaluation of a trial/pilot transmission of digital terrestrial TV broadcasting project in Thailand;
- Enhanced skills of the Office of NBTC, and other relevant local stakeholders.


Rural ICT Policy Advocacy, Capacity Building and Knowledge Sharing (9RAS09030)


The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) have agreed to collaborate to assist the Asia and Pacific Region in the design , planning, implementation and monitoring of strategies and programmes for rural ICT infrastructure development and universal service in consideration of their level of development of ICT. This collaboration is built on ADB's Rural e-Development Initiative and ITU's support the Asia-Pacific Regional Initiative on Rural Communications-Infrastructure Development, which was adopted at the ITU-organized World Telecommunication Development Conference in Doha in 2006. The Project is divided into two phases namely: Phase 1 for development on case studies and policy toolkits for rural ICT development; and Phase 2 for improvement of policy environment for rural ICT development in Cambodia and Mongolia through policy analysis and recommendations, and country training programs and regional conferences.

Rural/Outer Island Communications in the Pacific (2RAS08027)



This project aims to provide access to telecommunication/ICT services to four Pacific Island Countries (Papua New Guinea, Marshall Islands, Tonga and Nauru) through development of their rural/remote network infrastructure and establishment of Multipurpose Telecommunity Centres (MTCs) in remote areas and/or outer islands of these four countries.
These MTCs will provide suitable ICT services and applications to local communities and will also integrate emergency telecommunication facilities especially for early warnings and important announcements. A human capacity building programme will be specifically designed for particular communities or circumstances in order to ensure operations and maintenance of the centres in a sustainable manner. In particular, focus will be made on training-the-trainers programme.

Seminar on Universal Service Obligation in Thailand (9THA10011)


ITU and The Office of National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), Thailand would like to establish a partnership to strengthen human capacity building and to provide a forum for policy makers, regulators, experts and interested people to discuss various issues related to telecommunications and ICTs. To this effect this project aims to enhance the skills of TRIDI, NTC and other participants in the areas of Universal Service Obligation, ICT accessibility for Persons with Disabilities, and Broadband policy through organization of a three-day seminar in Bankok.

SMS4DC Support Services for Fiji (9FIJ10004)


This project aims to enhance the capacity of the MPETC and its staff in managing the national radio spectrum.

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