The development of digital technologies and the convergence of broadcasting, telecommunications and informatics offer sizeable opportunities for the implementation of appropriate new technologies by developing countries.
The World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC) held in Hyderabad (India) from 24 May to 4 June 2010 adopted, among others, the Programme 1: " Information and Communication Infrastructure and Technology Development ".
The programme assists Member States and ITU-D Sector Members to maximize the utilization of appropriate new technologies in the development of their information and communication infrastructure. The programme also assists developing countries to plan, build, operate, upgrade, manage and maintain technologies applicable in their networks and services. This includes the development of the Telecommunications and Information infrastructure and applications.
Applied research and the transfer of technological know-how will be an indispensable part of the task of expediting the access to new technologies on a non-discriminatory basis for developing countries and countries with economies in transition. The programme will be carried out by various means, including symposia, workshops, conferences, seminars and expert advice as well as information sharing, creation of tools and training material.
As issues of network reliability and quality of service continues to be of considerable interest to developing countries, the programme focuses on management issues, marketing techniques and the introduction of new services, taking into account the recent trends in the development of telecommunications, broadcasting and informatics.