The ITU’s activities in Asia-Pacific 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. Addressing the unique ICT needs of least developed countries, small island developing States and landlocked developing countries
1. Improved infrastructure and enhanced access to affordable ICT services
2. Improved enabling environment to facilitate the ICT development
3. Appropriate national, sub-regional and regional frameworks for cybersecurity
4. Enhanced skills of relevant human resources.
Recent and forthcoming activities in addressing the unique ICT needs of least developed countries, small island developing states and landlocked developing countries
2. Accompanying Member States at all phases of disaster management, i.e. disaster preparedness including early warning, disaster response/relief, and rehabilitation of telecommunication networks
1. Identification of suitable technologies to be used for emergency communications
2. Creation of common databases to share information on emergency communications
3. Design of national and sub-regional emergency communication plans taking into account the impact of climate change
4. Development of appropriate policy, regulatory and legislative frameworks on emergency communications at national and regional level
5. Availability of dedicated set of equipment for emergency radio communication in the Asia Pacific region
6. Enhancing the skills of relevant human resources
7. Encouraging Member States to ratify the Tampere Convention.
Recent and forthcoming activities in phases of disaster management
3. Facilitating the smooth transition from analogue to digital broadcasting and maximizing the digital dividend
1. Policy and regulatory frameworks for digital terrestrial broadcasting, including mobile television and spectrum refarming due to the digital dividend
2. Digital broadcasting master plans for transition from analogue to digital broadcasting, including mobile TV and IPTV
3. Appropriate mechanisms for conversion from analogue to digital archives and mechanisms for sharing of content
4. Provision of assistance in the field of interactive multimedia services to broadcasters in the Asia-Pacific region
5. Enhanced skills of relevant human resources in the area of digital broadcasting technologies
6. Comprehensive guidelines on the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting
7. Facilitating the availability of universal radio receivers at affordable prices.
Recent and forthcoming activities in transition from analog to digital broadcasting
4. Facilitating the development of broadband infrastructure and supporting access in urban and rural areas
1. National broadband policies to meet the requirements of developing countries
2. Improved broadband infrastructure and access to affordable ICT services in urban and rural areas, including remote and hilly terrains as well as remote islands
3. Development of ICT applications that can support multilingualism and address local needs
4. Enhanced skills in the area of broadband communication networks for the relevant human resources
5. Implementation of solutions providing cost-effective broadband infrastructure, addressing the deployment and operational challenges in rural and remote areas, including remote islands.
Recent and forthcoming activities in development of broadband infrastructure and supporting access in urban rural areas
5. Strengthening and policy and regulatory frameworks
1. Development of appropriate policy, regulatory and legislative frameworks, including convergence aspects, to improve ICT penetration
2. Enhancing the skills of relevant human resources
3. Promotion of regulatory cooperation and information sharing