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Enabling environment

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.

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.

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

Illegal Telecommunication Traffic Assessment (9HON12022)

The project aims to monitor the behavior of traffic to contribute to income assurance, detection of failures and eventually achieve an increase in inbound international telephone traffic to HONDUTEL's network, through the detection and elimination of illegal routes of irregular traffic. It includes the acquisition of hardware, software and tools, and the contract of services that will be used to perform traffic control, including the detection of routes and telephone lines used to enter international traffic illegally into HONDUTEL's network, better known as bypass.

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

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.

Study and Human Capacity Building on Satellite Service Regulatory Framework in Thailand (9THA13020)

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) of Thailand has its mandate to put in place regulatory frameworks for telecommunications services which include satellite 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 spectrum management and radio monitoring as well as ensuring quality of services including satellite communications.

Considering the above and in order for Thailand to put in place an enabling environment for fair competition and effective use of spectrum resource particularly for satellite systems and communications, ITU and NBTC are implementing a project on study and human capacity building on satellite service regulatory framework in Thailand. The project aims at:

  • Conducting a study on satellite systems and communications focusing on regulation for satellite services in Thailand taking into account international experiences and practices
  • Human capacity building on related subject matters for the Office of NBTC and for public and private sectors in Thailand

Study of Telecommunications Price Regulation in Thailand (9THA12016)

Realizing the converged environment and rapid changes in the telecommunication sector, the Office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand and the International Telecommunication Union are entering into an agreement to implement a joint project aimed to study and recommend a new price regulatory framework for the telecommunications sector in Thailand. The project will focus on mobile non-voice services (sms, mms, and broadband data), and fixed broadband service. The study aims to recommend specific rates of the aforementioned services which will be used as references for a new recommended price regulation in Thailand’s telecommunication sector. Alternative price regulation methodologies and approaches will also be studied with an aim to recommend an appropriate price regulation of telecommunications services in Thailand which will benefit consumers and the industry and provide an enabling environment for competition.

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 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

USO Monitoring and Evaluation Framework in Thailand (9THA12015)

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) of Thailand has its mandate to implement Universal Service Obligation projects and to monitor and evaluate outcomes and impacts of these projects. The Office of NBTC and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) have jointly implemented a project and developed USO policy for Thailand. In this connection, the two organisations agreed to implement this Project which aims at development of USO project monitoring and evaluation framework.

In addition to the framework, the Project will also create necessary tools e.g. questionnaires, survey forms, templates, and etc., as well as to test out the framework and tools through field works and in relation to other projects to be implemented by the Office of NBTC. The Project is a synergy of the two organisations in which outcomes will not only benefit Thailand but also other countries and it is also part of ITU's efforts to achieve a regional initiative of the Asia-Pacific region.