Regulation for better broadband in the spotlight
GOVERNMENT| Sept. 21, 2011, 9:22 p.m.
The11th ITU Global Symposium for Regulators opened this week in the Colombian city of Armenia, with a focus on “Smart regulation for a broadband world”.
The Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR) 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.
During the week, GSR participants will focus their attention on innovative regulatory measures needed to promote the roll out of broadband and address the complexities and challenges of the broadband ecosystem.
Opening the symposium, the Minister of Information and Communication Technology of Colombia, Diego Molano said: “The presence in our country of representatives from 192 Member States of ITU is a recognition of the efforts we have been doing in Colombia for the technology that will reach all citizens and become an effective tool to reduce poverty, create employment and achieve prosperity.”
ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré noted during a panel discussion that increased access to the Internet – and broadband in particular – allows for the delivery of more effective services to meet the Millennium Development Goals.
“I am convinced that broadband will go the way of mobile cellular telephony and become virtually ubiquitous in the next decade or so, even though two thirds of the world’s people are still offline,” said Touré.
“This will only change when broadband becomes more affordable – and the world’s regulators meeting at GSR-11 can facilitate this by advocating a combination of increased capacity and competition.”
Brahima Sanou, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau, noted that remarkable achievements have been made over the last fifteen years that have placed the telecom sector and ICTs at the centre of today’s digital economy. He added that more needs to be done to connect the unconnected, increase digital literacy and ensure developing countries are not excluded from the digital economy and the broadband world.
Best Practice Guidelines will be agreed by regulators and policy makers attending GSR-11 to identify smart regulatory measures, strategies and plans to ensure that all citizens can benefit from the new applications, services and business opportunities in a broadband world.
MORE GOVERNMENT NEWS
KRA marks 2 millionth iTax registrationThe Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), has sealed a major milestone in its organisational transformation journey, with the registration of its 2millionth iTax client. Read More
CBN extends BVN enrolmentThe Central Bank of Nigeria has extended the timeline for the enrolment for the national Bank Verification Number (BVN). Read More
NITA gets a new bossGhana’s President John Dramani Mahama has appointed a 35 year old computer scientist, George Atta-Boateng, as Acting Director General of the National Information and Technology Agency. Read More
Nigeria BVN deadline loomsBank customers in Nigeria are reported to be rushing to register for their biometric banking ID as the deadline for the BVNs looms. Read More
Young entrepreneurs in Rwanda told to be more creativeThe latest YouthKonnekt Hangout hosted by Rwanda’s Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT) in partnership with UNDP, ADMA, Tigo, and HeHe Labs, has urged young entrepreneurs to be innovative. Read More
Jumia gets visit from Côte d’Ivoire MinisterCôte d’Ivoire’s Minister of Post and Information and Communication Technology, Bruno Kone, has paid a visit to the offices of e-commerce firm Jumia. Read More
African heads of state to participate in TGAISFive heads of state have already confirmed their participation in the 2015 Global African Investment Summit. Read More
Francis Wangusi reappointed CAK DGThe Board of the Communications Authority of Kenya has announced the appointment of Francis Wangusi as the Director General for a term of four years, effective 22 August 2015. Read More
NIN mandatory from September 1, says NIMCThe National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has put 1st September, 2015 as the date from which all transactions involving the identification of individuals must be done with the National Identification Number (NIN). Read More
FEATURED STORYIHS plans to inject fresh $500m to grow capacity
Mohammed Darwish, managing director of IHS Towers, says the firm will soon inject another $500million into the business after raising some $2.5billion to finance expansion drives. Darwish spoke with biztecafrica.com in Lagos.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHAs curtain falls on MDGs, what next?
Dr. Bjorn Lomborg, president of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre, speaks to Biztechafrica about setting smart targets.