The ITU’s activities in Africa are centered around Projects
and Regional Initiatives designed to address specific priority areas of particular importance to the region. Formulated and revised at successive 4-yearly World Telecommunication Development Conferences
, the most recent of which was held in Hyderabad in 2010, these regional initiatives mobilize creative Partnerships
to implement the range of small, medium and large scale projects outlined here.
The ITU welcomes potential partners to contact and engage with us in developing and delivering these vital actions
1. Building human and institutional capacity to ensure that Africa has the means to develop fully its telecommunication/ICT sector.
1. Enhanced skills and human capacity in the design and development of telecommunication/ICT strategies
2. Increased local expertise through cooperation between countries
3. Increased access to training resources, including training manuals, for all stakeholders in the African telecommunication/ICT sector
4. Promotion of technical cooperation between telecommunication/ICT training institutions in regard to capacity and resources
5. Increased availability of public access to knowledge, in particular by raising public and consumer awareness
6. Forums for exchanging and sharing information between the various groups having a stake in the telecommunication/ICT sector in Africa, in particular young people, women and persons with disabilities
7. Enhanced human capacity building on legal aspects in order to address security and trust in the use of telecommunications/ICTs, particularity where cybercrime is concerned
8. Greater availability, development and usage of local content and languages, and corresponding webpage development
9. Improved specialized skills development to meet the ICT needs of persons with disabilities in order to promote ICT usage, particularly in regard to Internet applications.
2. Strengthening and harmonizing policy and regulatory frameworks in order to facilitate sub-regional and regional integration of telecommunication/ICT infrastructure, services and markets.
1. Implementation of the reference framework for harmonization of telecommunication/ICT regulatory policies in Africa
2. Development of competitive African telecommunication/ICT markets
3. Harmonized technical standards to provide increased connectivity of networks and services
4. Establishment of a harmonized policy to reduce the level of intra-continental traffic routed by extra-continental transit centres
5. Development of a harmonized strategy for universal access, taking into account the special needs of young people, women, persons with disabilities and indigenous peoples
6. Development of a harmonized strategy to strengthen information security and combat spamming and cybercrime
7. Increased investment
8. Development of high-quality and affordable telecommunication/ICT services.
3. Developing broadband infrastructure and supporting the achievement of universal access. Expected results:-
1. National telecommunication/ICT master plans to meet the requirements of developing countries
2. Improved broadband backbone infrastructure and access to affordable telecommunication/ICT services in urban and rural areas
3. Guidelines on rural connectivity, including policy, appropriate technologies and power-supply issues, and best practices
4. Enhanced human capacities in the area of broadband communication networks
5. Interconnection of countries by means of high-capacity links, including access to undersea cables by landlocked countries, as part of the follow-up to the Connect Africa summit.
4. Facilitating the smooth transition from analogue to digital broadcasting and maximizing the digital dividend.
1. Comprehensive guidelines on the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting
2. Policy and regulatory frameworks for digital terrestrial broadcasting, including mobile television
3. Digital broadcasting master plans for the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting, including mobile TV and IPTV
4. Provision of assistance in the field of interactive multimedia services to broadcasters in the Africa region
5. Enhanced human resources skills in the area of digital broadcasting technologies
6. Appropriate mechanisms for conversion from analogue to digital archives.
5. Supporting coordination among the stakeholders of the Connect Africa Summit to ensure the implementation of its recommendations.
1. Collection and dissemination of information on the regional, sub-regional and national connectivity projects included in countries' development plans
2. Development of a roadmap for implementation of the summit's outcomes, in coordination with sub-regional organizations
3. Coordination of regional and sub-regional connectivity projects
4. Facilitating partnerships in the implementation of African common infrastructure projects
5. Establishment of an efficient and flexible system for disseminating information on implementation of the Connect Africa summit outcomes
6. Integration of telecommunications/ICTs in all sectors of activity and in national priority programmes
7. Availability of African content that is tailored in particular to the rural context and disadvantaged population segments.