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Information and communication infrastructure


Advisory Services to Saudi "Communications & Information Technology Commission (CITC)" (SAU14006)


The project intends to support the Government’s telecommunications development programs through advisory services, in the field of radio frequency spectrum management.


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.

Broadband Wireless Network - Burkina Faso (7RAF08073-05)


The outputs of this project include:
1. Deployment of wireless broadband infrastructure in Burkina Faso;
2. Development of ICT applications;
3. Training local experts on the operation of deployed wireless communication networks;
4. Development of national ICT broadband network plans for the entire territory of Burkina Faso that will deliver free or low cost digital access for schools and hospitals, and for underserved populations in rural and remote areas;
5. Development of an impact assessment report;
6. Quarterly and final reporting to the Foundation, consistent with terms of Grant Agreement.

Remark: the documents attached to this project are available in French


Broadband Wireless Network - Djibouti (7RAF08073-03)


The outputs of this project include:
1. Deployment of wireless broadband infrastructure in Djibouti;
2. Development of ICT applications;
3. Training local experts on the operation of deployed wireless communication networks;
4. Development of national ICT broadband network plans for the entire territory of Djibouti that will deliver free or low cost digital access for schools and hospitals, and for underserved populations in rural and remote areas;
5. Development of an impact assessment report;
6. Quarterly and final reporting to the Foundation, consistent with terms of Grant Agreement.

Remark: the documents attached to this project are available in French


Broadband Wireless Network - Mali (7RAF08073-04)


The outputs of this project include:
1. Deployment of wireless broadband infrastructure in Mali;
2. Development of ICT applications;
3. Training local experts on the operation of deployed wireless communication networks;
4. Development of national ICT broadband network plans for the entire territory of Mali that will deliver free or low cost digital access for schools and hospitals, and for underserved populations in rural and remote areas;
5. Development of an impact assessment report;
6. Quartely and final reporting to the Foundation, consistent with terms of Grant Agreement.

Remark: the documents attached to this project are available in French


Broadband Wireless Network - Rwanda (7RAF08073-06)


The outputs of this Project include:
1. Deployment of wireless broadband infrastructure in Rwanda;
2. Development of ICT applications;
3. Training local experts on the operation of deployed wireless communication networks;
4. Development of national ICT broadband network plans for the entire territory of Rwanda that will deliver free or low cost digital access for schools and hospitals, and for underserved populations in rural and remote areas;
5. Development of an impact assessment report;
6. Quarterly and final reporting to the Foundation, consistent with the terms of the Grant Agreement.

Broadband Wireless Network in the Kingdom of Lesotho (7RAF08073-07)


The outputs of this Project include:
1. Deployment of wireless broadband infrastructure for identified areas in the Kingdom of Lesotho.
2. Development of ICT applications for the Kingdom of Lesotho.
3. Training local experts on the operation of deployed wireless communication networks.
4. Development of national ICT broadband network plans for the entire territory of the Kingdom of Lesotho that will deliver free or low cost digital access for schools and hospitals, and for underserved populations in rural and remote areas.
5. Development of an impact assessment report.
6. Quarterly and final reporting to the Foundation, consistent with the terms of the Grant Agreement.

Caribbean Nodes for Centre of Excellence in the Americas Region (7RLA07004)


The Centre of Excellence Project in the Americas Region, with a total of 15 self-sustaining nodes, has been successfully providing sustainable capacity building solutions for decision-makers and Executive staff of the Telecommunication Sector in the Americas Region.
This document seeks to bring into operation in the Caribbean Region, a network of nodes that consist of potential content providers (universities, technological institutions and training centres, among others) as well as service and technology providers that will offer advanced on-line solutions combined with face-to-face seminars.
The project benefits from the infrastructure and experience of the existing COE-AMS with the final outcome of an integrated Network of Excellence that spans the Americas and Caribbean Region.

Connect a School, Connect a Community in the State of Palestine (2PLS13003)


This Project is designed to promote broadband connectivity in schools located in remote, rural or underserved areas of the State of Palestine, so that such schools can be used as community ICT centres (CICs). This Project aims to improve ICT access and use by school children and members of the local community, including disadvantaged and vulnerable groups such as women and girls, indigenous and rural people, older persons and persons with disabilities.

This Project will connect schools to broadband Internet services, provide individual or shared computing devices to school children, and establish in the connected schools community ICT centres that can be used both for the socio-economic development of community members and to provide fee-paying services to foster sustainability for the community ICT centres. Furthermore, this Project will also provide relevant training for teachers and the trainers who will provide socio-economic relevant training for community members to enable use of ICTs in their day-to- day social and economic activities.

Best practices in promoting school connectivity related to policies, regulation, applications, services and practical experiences included in the ITU “Connect a School, Connect a Community” Toolkit (www.connectaschool.org) will be used in the implementation of this Project, including any emerging best practices identified by ITU around the world.


Connect a School, Connect a Community Initiative in the State of Palestine Project II (7PLS14004)


This Project is designed to promote broadband connectivity in schools located in remote, rural or underserved areas of the State of Palestine. Building on the Connect a School, Connect a Community Initiative, this Project aims to improve ICT access and use by school children.

This Project will connect schools to broadband Internet services, provide individual or shared computing devices to school children, and establish in the connected schools community ICT centres that can be used both for the socio-economic development of community members and to provide fee-paying services to foster sustainability for the community ICT centres. Furthermore, this Project will also provide relevant training for teachers and the trainers who will provide socio-economic relevant training for community members to enable use of ICTs in their day-to-day social and economic activities.

Best practices in promoting school connectivity related to policies, regulation, applications, services and practical experiences included in the ITU “Connect a School, Connect a Community” Toolkit (www.connectaschool.org) will be used in the implementation of this Project, including any emerging best practices identified by ITU around the world.


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.


Fomento a la integración de las Universidades Argentinas en las actividades de la UIT (9ARG14012)


The main objective of this Project is to Support the Communications Secretariat of the Government of Argentina (SECOM) in its initiative to generate human capabilities with high level of expertise in Information Technology and Communications (ICT) by promoting the participation of its academic institutions and research establishments in the work of the three Sectors of the ITU.

Remark: the documents attached to this project are available in Spanish


Fortalecimiento del rol de OSIPTEL como Fiscalizador y Supervisor de los servicios de telecomunicaciones (9PER13027)


This Project aims to provide technical support to OSIPTEL-Peru in the review, update and/or improvement of the methodology used in their Supervision and Inspection procedures of certain telecommunications services through (i) an analysis of the current practices adopted by OSIPTEL for such supervision and control; (ii) the identification of international best practices for the execution of those functions; (iii) comparison between the international practices with the ones employed in OSIPTEL and (iv) recommendations on the applicability of such international practices and opportunities for improvement of the supervisory and control functions of OSIPTEL.

Remark: the documents attached to this project are available in Spanish


Further developments to Spectrum Management System for Developing Countries (SMS4DC) software (9GLO13073)


This project aims to further develop the Spectrum Management System for Developing Countries (SMS4DC) software and its related training materials. Further developments to the SMS4DC software are necessitated by the recent modifications to the Radio Regulations, International Frequency Information Circulars (IFICs) and ITU-R Recommendations published by the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau (ITU-R), feedback from the current users on that software’s implementation and experience gained from past training programs. Additionally, this project will develop enhanced and/or additional functionalities, propagation models and services in respect of the SMS4DC software, and will carry out the translation of the software and its related documentation into at least one additional language, and its related training materials and to provide training concerning such software.

Institutional support for the Spectrum Management (9COL04033)


The project has the main objective of supporting the Ministry of Communications of Colombia in modernizing its spectrum management system due to the rapid technological advances occurred in the world. The immediate objectives of the project foresee assistance for the preparation of the Terms of Reference to be used for the acquisition of a solution currently used by the Ministry of Communications. They are also related to human resources training in order to achieve an efficient administration of the spectrum through the use of technological tools in line with international standards and appropriately qualified personnel. Finally, the ITU will organize an international tender for the selection of the best possible provider of a solution deemed appropriate by both the ITU and the Ministry.

Remark: the documents attached to this project are available in Spanish


ITU virtual Laboratory for remote tests of equipment, new technologies and services (2RER13023)


The ITU and FSUE ZNIIS start collaboration in Virtual laboratory creation on the basis of the ITU – FSUE ZNIIS International Telecommunication Testing Center project.

The project will be realized under existing ITU C&I Programme and will be directed to implementation of goals of PP-10 Res.177, WTSA-12 Res.76, WTDC-10 Res.47 and the objectives of ITU C&I Programme Action plan (Council-12 C-48/12). The Project has been elaborated in compliance with the regional initiative adopted in 2010 in Hyderabad during the World Conference on Telecommunication Development (WCTD-10) aimed at ITU Virtual lab creation.

The major purposes of Project will be: creation of the virtual Laboratory, development of test suites for ITU Recs, performing remote tests on conformity and interoperability of new equipment/technologies, services, testing of end-to-end Internet speed, estimation of Network Performance (NP)/Quality of Service (QoS)/Quality of Experience and conducting remote training of specialists from developing countries in the implementation of ICT and ICT’s testing approaches.


Master Plan for Wireless Broadband Access in Africa (9RAF11085)


The project aims to facilitate deployment of wireless broadband in developing and least developed countries. ITU in close collaboration with the Korean Government, intends to implement a project on master plan for wireless broadband access in the Africa Region.

Under this project the following outputs will be delivered:
- Survey results on the status of the broadband connectivity in general and wireless broadband access in Africa region;
- Collected information on development of appropriate policies, regulations and capacity building, including licensing, and planning for deploying wireless broadband access networks, from Guidelines and Recommendations developed by ITU;
- Wireless Broadband access Master Plans for at least 4 and up to 6 selected countries in the Africa Region within the limit of budget;
- Enhanced skills through training for making wireless broadband access master plan;
- The KPIs in this project will be the number of projects established and implemented and the number of enhanced skills.

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.


mHealth for NCDs Joint Programme (9GLO13072)


This project is based on the cooperation agreement signed by ITU and the WHO regarding the development and implementation of a Mobile for Health (mHealth) for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Joint Programme.


National CIRT Establishment - Ghana (9GHA13004)


The main goal of the project is to assist the government of Ghana to establish its national Computer Incident Response Team (CIRT) to serve as a trusted, central coordination point of contact for cybersecurity; aimed at identifying, defending, responding and managing cyber threats.
ITU will assist the government of Ghana 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.

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 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.


Support for the ITU Asia-Pacific Regional Initiatives (9RAS13045)


The Department of Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy of the Commonwealth of Australia (DBCDE) has contributed CHF 591,000 to the Development Sector (ITU-D) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and this project document, both 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 initiatives requested by ITU Member State administrations. Key areas of focus include the five Programmes and the Asia-Pacific Regional Initiatives identified in the HAP: Unique ICT Needs of Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs); Emergency Telecommunications; Digital Broadcasting; Broadband Access and Uptake in Urban and Rural Areas; and Telecommunications/ICT Policy and Regulation in the Asia-Pacific Region.


Support for Transition from Analogue to Digital Broadcasting in the Americas Region (2RLA14011)


This projectis designed to assist at least six (6) selected beneficiary countries in the Americas region that are also shareholder countries of CAF in smoothly transitioning from analogue to digital terrestrial television broadcasting through the use of 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 terrestrial television 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 relevant governments, regulators, service providers, civil society, private sector, and regional and international organizations dealing with broadcasting.

Support the Implementation of National Telecommunications Agency (ANATEL, Brazil) (9BRA98006)


The Project’s objectives are focused on providing methodological support to ANATEL in its structuring as a regulatory entity.

Remark: the documents attached to this project are available in Spanish


Sustainable supply of electricity to telecommunication facilities in rural and remote areas (2UZB11003)


"Provision of a stable electric power supply for telecommunication/ICT facilities in rural and remote areas" was identified as one of the Regional Initiatives by Resolution 17 adopted during the World Telecommunications Development Conference held in Hyderabad in 2010. Within this framework the project aims to identify effective means of supplying electric power for telecommunication/ICT infrastructure facilities in rural and remote areas using alternative energy sources (solar, wind, etc.).

Telecentre Applications and Services (9RAS11040)


Over a thousand telecentres were established in Thailand nationwide and 400 more are being established by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) under the Universal Service Obligation framework and its Universal Service Fund. In view of sustainability, these telecentres need close monitoring and evaluation in regular intervals. More importantly, stimulating user demand is equally important to provision of supply. To promote the ICT uptake or the demand, variety and diversity of ICT services and applications must be available. In this regard, this project aims to develop various telecentre front-end applications and e-services for telecentres in key areas such as education, agriculture, and community e-commerce. Besides, the project will also develop Telecentre Network Management System (TNMS) and applications as for managing and monitoring telecentres to be deployed. ITU and NBTC have agreed to jointly implement the project in cooperation with the Ministry of ICT, Thailand and in open partnerships with local and international partners.

Transition from Analogue to Digital Broadcasting in Africa and Asia-Pacific (9GLO12070)


The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan (MIC, Japan) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) agree to implement this project in line with the expected ITU Asia-Pacific Regional Initiative (ASP RI 2011-2014) and the Africa Regional Initiative (AFR RI 2011-2014) on “Digital Broadcasting” as decided during the World Telecommunication Development Conference 2010.

The project would update the information in the existing ITU guidelines on analogue to digital terrestrial television broadcasting and mobile television keeping in view its application to all ITU regions. Develop a database for providing information about the transition worldwide and collect case studies. It would also include additional sections on Satellite Television, IPTV and Over-The-TOP (OTT) broadcasting. In addition, it would assist four to six countries in Africa and Asia-Pacific region on developing national roadmaps based on demand from countries. These resources will also be used for developing human capacity through 2 to 3 trainings / workshops for Members in Asia-Pacific and Africa.