Best practice on broadband adopted

GOVERNMENT

|
Image: By ITU / P.M. Virot
Best practice on broadband adopted

The ITU Global Symposium for Regulators in Colombia has closed with the adoption of Best Practice Guidelines aimed at advancing the deployment of broadband connectivity worldwide.

In an era in which broadband is increasingly considered the right of every citizen, “smart” regulation was advocated to encourage greater openness and use of incentive dynamics to mitigate the challenges and threats posed by a rapidly changing ICT landscape.

Addressing the Symposium in Armenia City, President of the Republic of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, said that the theme, ‘Smart Regulation for a Broadband World’ was very appropriate.

“Smart regulation is precisely what we need,” President Santos affirmed while noting that ICTs contribute to the productive infrastructure of a nation. “Taking advantage of broadband as a source of productivity and growth, we can identify the most appropriate solutions to reduce our productivity gap as efficiently as possible.”

“Increased access to the Internet – and broadband in particular – will allow us to more effectively deliver services to meet the Millennium Development Goals, as e-applications such as e-health, e-education, and e-governance are able to reach even the remotest corners of the world,” ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré explained to the Press in Armenia City.

“But this will only change when broadband becomes more affordable – and the world’s regulators meeting here in Colombia can facilitate this by advocating a combination of increased capacity and competition.”

The Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR), held annually in different regions worldwide, aims at fostering constructive exchange of information among national regulatory authorities and is a unique forum to share regulatory best practices at the global level. Held for the first time in Latin America, the eleventh GSR focused on innovative regulatory measures to promote the roll out of broadband globally.

As many as 504 participants attended, including 243 representatives from 72 countries and Palestine. In addition, 261 representatives from 42 public and private sector companies as well as regional and international organizations participated.

Examining the complexities of the broadband ecosystem, GSR participants focused their attention on:
1.    M-banking services and the role of regulators
2.    Wireless broadband spectrum pricing
3.    Satellite regulation
4.    Open access regulation
5.    Setting national broadband policies, strategies and plans
6.    Financing universal access/service
7.    E-waste and recycling and the role of regulators
8.    Protecting rights, such as intellectual property, of all stakeholders in a digital ecosystem
9.    Regional initiatives to foster broadband connectivity
GSR discussion papers on these issues are posted on the GSR-11 website and will be published in the next edition of Trends in Telecommunication Reform.

“We have seen over the years how regulatory reform plays an essential role in creating an environment where new technologies can flourish and be shared by all,” ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau Director Brahima Sanou said. “The development of robust and flexible regulatory frameworks can help developing countries leapfrog technologies and make the best use of new developments in ICTs”.



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE GOVERNMENT NEWS

East African countries to expand One-Network-Area to data, mobile money

Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan and Uganda will in the next year extend the One-Network-Area concept to data and mobile money. Read More

APC judgment: NCC seeks stay of execution

NCC is seeking a stay of execution of judgement following a notice of appeal against the High Court judgement that it violated the rights of the APC. Read More

Digital can overcome Africa’s challenges – Ivory Coast PM

Africa has serious challenges and to overcome them, the continent needs to go the digital route, Ivory Coast Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan said at the 2015 Africa IT & Telecom Forum (AITTF) last week.  Read More

NCC postpones 2.6GHz spectrum auction again

Nigeria’s telecoms industry regulator has again postponed the proposed auctioning of the 2.6 gigahertz (GHZ) spectrum band. Read More

Public private partnerships panacea to broadband development, says Etisalat chief

Chief Executive Officer of Etisalat Group, Ahmad Julfar has identified public private partnership (PPP) as one approach that could help African countries boost broadband development. He argued that access to broadband is a basic right for everyone. Read More

Experts commend Rwanda as a model in using ICT and e-Governance

Policy makers and experts in ICT gathered in Kigali for the Commonwealth e-Governance Forum Africa from 24-25 March 2015 have commended Rwanda as a model in using ICT and e-Governance for sustainable development.  Read More

Pay APC N500m, court orders NCC, telcos - NCC appeals

As the presidential election draws near, a Federal High Court has ordered the regulator of the telecoms sector, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and five other telcos to pay the All Progressives Congress (APC) the sum of N500 million for unlawfully shutting down the party’s presidential campaign fund-raising platform. Read More

CPC reads riot act to telcos, banks, others over consumer rights breaches

Nigeria’s Director-General, Consumer Protection Council (CPC), Mrs. Dupe Atoki, has warned telcos, banks, Pay TV service providers and others in the country that end is near for the flagrant abuse of customers’ rights. Read More

Togo launches Digital School Togo project

The West African nation of Togo has launched the pilot phase of ‘Digital School Togo’, a project that is aimed at introducing digital technology in teaching and underpinning the critical importance of ICTs in the education system. Read More

Ghana Presidency gets a new E-Cabinet platform

Ghana’s cabinet on Thursday witnessed a major boost as the President John Dramani Mahama unveiled a new E–Cabinet platform to used by himself and members of his cabinet.  Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoiceMicrosoft 4Afrika

FEATURED STORY

2bn priced out of internet access2bn priced out of internet access

A new report from the Alliance for Affordable Internet shows that the price of broadband remains prohibitive for billions in developing and emerging countries, with women and rural dwellers hardest hit.

IN DEPTH

Villagers get solar training at Barefoot College Villagers get solar training at Barefoot College

The Botswana Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) has seconded seven semi-illiterate mostly Ngwatle villagers for a six month solar electrification training course at the famed Barefoot College in India. 

COMPANY NEWS

Microsoft 4Afrika launches Biz4Afrika online SME hub

Microsoft 4Afrika used the opening of the Connected East Africa event in Diani, Kenya today to launch Biz4Afrika, an online hub providing Kenyan small and medium enterprises ...