Information & Communication Technology (ICT) Division

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Information &

Communication

Technology

(ICT) Division


“Telecommunications Policy and Regulatory
Research Needs and Outputs”





March 4
th

2008

Ministry of Public Administration & Information

What is

fastforward

all about ?

Objectives of the
National ICT Agenda


Provide all citizens with affordable Internet access


Focus on the development of children and adult skills to sustain a
vibrant future


Promote citizen trust, access and interaction through good governance


Maximize the potential within all citizens and accelerate innovation to
develop a knowledge
-
based society



fastforward

is the strategy for achieving this Agenda


a roadmap for a connected, informed, innovative and competitive
nation


Complements and builds upon Vision 2020

fastforward



Stated Goals

2005

Telecommunications Sector opened up to full competition

2006

All appropriate Government
information

available on
-
line

2008

All schools with computers and high
-
speed Internet access

2008

All libraries with computers and high
-
speed Internet access

2008

Community Connection Programme in place

2008

All appropriate Government
services

available on
-
line

2008

Over 50% of homes with PCs and Internet access

2008

Over 50% of population “regular Internet users”

2008

Over 50% of businesses on
-
line and seeing business benefits







fastforward

involves a series of national programmes and projects in areas such
as:


e
-
Government


Communications Backbone, e
-
Government Portal, G2B, G2C


Community Connections


Community Access Centres, Relevant Content


ICT Human Capital


SchoolNet (KID), Computers for Schools, ICT Sector


Growing the e
-
Marketplace


B2B, B2C


Telecommunications Liberalization


Legislative Review

RESEARCH NEEDS

Research Needs and Outputs

Constant assessment

and dissemination

of progress

in telecommunications

usage within the region

Ongoing monitoring
and information
gathering on services
provided by the
Telecommunication
firms.

Harmonization of
telecom
indicators

OUTPUTS

Awareness of
limitations and
problems that can
hinder policy
formulation


Follow/set
standards at the
global level.


Outline critical
areas and
identify
pending digital
challenges


Gives a reliable picture of ICT use across the population and identify areas
that excel and areas that need improvement. The results will assist policy
development by tracking progress towards goals set out by each
government’s Digital Strategy and identifying areas where further policy
intervention is needed.



Data collection exercises on telecom usage should be done annually since
the telecom market in the Latin America and the Caribbean regions are not
static.



Research and implement new indicators in the telecom sector due to the
vast pace in changing technology.


e.g. use of IP telephony by households Policies facilitating this newer
method of contact can allow for cheaper communications and force
households to become PC literate.





Constant assessment and dissemination of progress in telecommunications

usage within the region


Using standard indicators are imperative, as the DIRSI is comprised
mainly of developing countries, and this can serve as a basis for
international comparisons on the information society.


The UN “Partnership on Measuring ICT for development” report provided
relevant core indicators agreed by the following:

Harmonization of Telephony indicators

Example: Mobile Telephony


Basic Core Indicators:



Mobile cellular subscribers per 100 inhabitants (mobidensity)


Percentage of population covered by mobile cellular telephony


Mobile cellular tariffs (100 minutes of use per month) in US$


Proportion of households with a mobile cellular telephone


Extended core indicator:



Proportion of individuals with the use of a mobile telephone


Source:
UN “Partnership on Measuring ICT for development” report

Harmonization of Telephony indicators


To promote competition and reduce regulation in order to secure lower prices
and higher quality services and to encourage the rapid deployment of


new telecommunications technologies.



Endorse Policy so that the telecom provider is mandated to supply data to
the relevant agencies and thereby will assist in telecom policy and regulation.




Obtain innovative indicators so that Policy makers can be aware of any latest
technology being used by some telecom providers. This can also allow for
increased competition. Indicators such as:


-

Extent to which Next Generation Networks are being implemented


-

International mobile roaming, its availability and cost




Ongoing monitoring and information gathering on services provided by the
Telecommunication firms


Thank You