13th Forum on Telecom/ICT Regulation and Partnership in Africa
The 13th Forum on Telecommunication/ICT Regulation and Partnership in
Africa (FTRA-2012) will be held in Libreville (Gabon), 18 to 20 June
2012 under the theme of Analogue to digital television migration:
sharing experiences, migration strategies and digital dividend.
The forum is organized by the International Telecommunication Union
(ITU), the African Telecommunication Union (ATU) and the Government of
the Republic of Gabon.
The theme for this year’s forum was selected on the basis of
proposals made by participants in the 12th FTRA, held in Kigali (Rwanda)
in June 2011.
For several years now, the changeover from analogue to digital
television and resulting digital dividend have represented a major
challenge for the digital economy in Africa. The digital dividend holds
out significant opportunities for the deployment of innovative digital
television and broadband mobile communication services, and is
attracting considerable attention from all players in the ICT sector.
However, if the cultural, social and economic benefits of the digital
dividend are to be fully reaped, the challenges involved must be
properly addressed and an effective transition schedule adopted.
Coherent regional harmonization is also essential.