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.
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
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.
Rehabilitation of the Information Communication Training Institute (9AFG02002)
Under this project ITU will provide expert services for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Information and Communication Training Institute (ICTI) in Kabul. This includes rehabilitation of the existing and construction of a new building, a dormitory for 120 students and other premises required for normal functioning of the Institute. The project also covers development of training programmes, including upgrading of existing and establishment of new training courses and related laboratories to meet actual and long term training needs of the country in the area of information and communication technologies. For this purpose, at least 20 instructors/ trainers will be trained abroad in training courses development and delivery in information and communication technologies. At the end of the project the ICTI in Kabul will be equipped to deliver (1) short training courses on ICT related subjects for young Afghan students (Male & Female), (2) on duty refresher courses for MoC staff, (3) two-year technician-level academic courses, and (4) academic courses in 4 years training programme for engineering levels.
The project is a donation of the Government of the I. R. of Iran to the Government of Afghanistan
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.
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.
Support for the Establishment of Harmonized Policies for the ICT Market in the ACP (7GLO08061)
This project is being implemented under three separate sub-projects in order to customize it to the needs of each region:
• Support for Harmonization of the ICT Policies in Sub-Sahara Africa (HIPSSA);
• Enhancing competitiveness in the Caribbean through the harmonization of ICT Policies, Legislation and Regulatory Procedures (HIPCAR);
• Capacity Building and ICT Policy, Regulatory and Legislative Frameworks Support for Pacific Island Countries (ICB4PAC).
Technical Aspects related to the Non-Ionizing Electromagnetic Radiation, Regulation of Human Exposure, the implementation of wireless networks and associated infrastructures (2RLA12010)
This Project aims to analyze the difficulties related to the implementation of wireless networks and associated infrastructures in Central America due to social apprehension as to Human Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields (EMF). The project will: i) evaluate relevant regulations related to the EMF assessments; 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 measurement tests in selected countries including social communication.
Remark: the documents attached to this project are available in Spanish