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1 FORUM2012 Tirana, Albania
ITU-D Activities in Europe ITU Regional Forum on Broadband FORUM2012 Tirana, Albania Regional Approaches in Europe

2 Global ICT Developments, 2000-2011
5.9 billion Mobile cellular subscriptions in 2011* 2.4 billion Internet users in 2011* Internet users reached worldwide an estimated 2.4 billion by the end of 2011, with over one-third of the world’s population now online. However, at the start of 2012, almost two out of every three people are still not yet using the Internet, with even fewer connected via a broadband connection. Fixed broadband penetration level stands at 4.8 in developing countries compared to 26% in developed countries and Europe. Mobile broadband has grown fast and reached an estimated 1.19 billion subscriptions in more than 160 countries by the end of 2011. 1.19 billion Mobile broadband subscriptions in 2011*

3 Europe Leads the Broadband Race In 2011 Some of the CEE Countries Amongst 25 Top Broadband Economies
• Europe leads in broadband connectivity, with fixed- and mobile-broadband penetration reaching 26% and 54%, respectively. • A number of developing countries have been able to leverage mobile-broadband technologies to overcome infrastructure barriers and provide high-speed Internet services to previously unconnected areas. In Africa, mobile-broadband penetration has reached 4%, compared with less than 1% for fixed-broadband penetration. • The world’s top broadband economies are from Europe and Asia and the Pacific. In the Republic of Korea mobile-broadband penetration exceeds 90%. Over the last decade, countries across South Eastern Europe have made tremendous efforts to review and adapt their legal and regulatory frameworks to the fast changes taking place in the ICT sector and towards building tomorrow’s digital society. Inspired by the work being carried out in the European Union and the desire to bring their regulatory frameworks into conformity with the acquis communautaire, almost all have adopted simplified general authorization licensing regimes that reduce the barriers to market entry. As a result, ICT markets throughout the region are now competitive. That said, whilst the continent of Europe is undoubtedly the global leader in broadband connectivity, with fixed- and mobile-broadband penetration rates of 26% and 54% respectively, the picture in south east Europe is rather mixed, with a substantial broadband divide separating those that are already among the top 25 broadband economies -- Cyprus, Greece, Malta and Slovenia – from the rest. Bridging this divide will require substantial efforts.

4 Fixed Broadband Development in Selected Countries of South Eastern Europe Fixed Broadband Subscriptions per 100 inhabitants and Internet Users This slide presents five year growth dynamics in fixed broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants and internet users in selected countries of south eastern Europe. Source: ITU World Telecommunication Indicators Database

5 Mobile Broadband Development in Selected Countries in South Eastern Europe Mobile BB: Mobile Cellular Subscriptions with Access to Data Communication at Broadband Speed And this one mobile cellular subscriptions with access to data communication at broadband speed. As we may see differences are significant across this region. Source: ITU World Telecommunication Indicators Database

6 Accompanying Countries Broadband
Broadband Case Studies 2012: Albania 2012: Macedonia 2012: Romania NLP-BBI 2011 Joint ITU–Poland Project on New Legislative Paradigms for Broadband Infrastructure Development Broadband Commission 2 April 2012, Ohrid, Macedonia European Commissionaires: EU Commissionaire, Serbia, Macedonia Regional Forum on Broadband 6/7 September 2012, Tirana, Albania

7 Accompanying Countries Cybersecurity
ITU - IMPACT Country Assessments Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Montenegro Montenegro 2012: Computer Incident Response Team Curriculum for Executive Master Studies on Cybersecurity 2012: Montenegro Meetings Regional Seminar for CIS/EUR on Children Online Protection April 2011, Odessa, Ukraine Cross-regional Seminar on Cybersecurity for EUR/CIS/ASP March 2012, Odessa, Ukraine  Regional Cybersecurity Forum 23-25 October 2012, Bulgaria

8 Accompanying Countries Broadcast./Telecom/Others
Albania Development of the National Broadband Plan Tender for Setting up a Spectrum Monitoring Center Strategy for National Numbering Plan Development Serbia Within the framework of the PP-10 Resolution 126 on rebuilding the broadcasting infrastructure ITU accompanies JP ETV, and carries out series of activities facilitating reconstruction process

9 Regional Initiatives ICT applications, including e-health
Regional initiative comprises of 3-years activity to share best practices in the implementation of e-applications, including e-health. To this end it aims at assisting countries in the capacity of building an e-healthcare delivery service using the potential of telecommunication and ICT’s applications, in particular focusing on the mobile technologies. Project document has been elaborated and consulted with the member states. Series of actions have been proposed as follows: i. Elaboration of comprehensive report based on two background documents (mid-2012) focusing on technology, business and regulation as well as results of the experts group meeting, including case studies (September 2012), ii. web-platform/e-repository of m-health case studies and best-practices (2012), iii. policy and regulatory self-assessment toolkit (2013), iv. twinning programme facilitating transfer of knowledge between European administrations (2013), v. direct assistance to countries (2013/2014).

10 Regional Initiatives E-accessibility in Central and Eastern Europe (Internet and digital television) for blind people and people with visual impairment problems Regional initiative comprises of 3-years activity to provide assistance to Member States in order to offer e-accessibility (including Internet and information access) for blind people and people with visual impairment problems. Based on the information collected via a questionnaire a background material has been elaborated and consulted with the European administrations in order to ensure that the activities proposed within the framework of the RI correspond to real needs of countries. Project document builds upon three components, as follows: creating best practice: pilot projects in at least three CEE countries leading towards establishment of the ICT Assistive Technology Telecenters for All as well as provision of equipment (specialized hardware and software) in five national/public libraries and schools for blind (2012/2013), building capacities: a workshop for CEE administrations to build their capacities on e-accessibility and twinning programmes (2013), wide-spreading adoption of access services via digital television: hands on training for relevant TV program producers and digital TV engineering staff on planning, production and offer of audio description/audio captioning services.

11 Regional Initiatives Digital Broadcasting
Regional initiative comprises a 3-years activity to assist countries in Central and Easter Europe to perform smooth and successful switchover from Analogue to Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting in period June 2011 – June It will provide assistance in resolving regulatory, political, technological and economic challenges which the beneficiary countries of Central and Eastern Europe are facing with regard to Migration from Analogue to Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting. Experiences and best practices will be shared and recommendations on the way forward for implementation of the Regional Initiative in the region and related countries will be formulated. Set of activities has been elaborated based on the information provided via a questionnaire about the actual situation and Administration Round Table (Gyor, 2011). List of activities include the following: a high-level round table at the ministerial level and regulatory workshop/seminar (Seminar and Regional Development Forum on Transition to Digital Broadcasting, Borderline Frequency Coordination and Digital Dividend, 7-9 May 2012, Republic of Poland), follow-up seminar and technical workshop (5-7 November 2012/2013), country assistance (set of regional experts have been identified and series of twinning programmes are planned for 2012/2013), knowledge database and discussion forum (dedicated ASO/DD website to be promoted in coordination with Romanian Administration), closure seminar and administration round table (planned for mid-2014).

12 Building Capacity Center of Excellence
European Nodes Greece: INA Academy TFYR Macedonia: St. Cyril & Mathody Univeristy Poland: NTI (National Telecommunication Institute) Turkey: Turk Telekom Academy ITU Centres of Excellence These are institutions sharing expertise, resources and capacity-building know-how in telecommunications and ICTs training/education, distributed around the world. Designed to offer continuous education to ICT managers in the public and private spheres through face-to-face or distance learning programmes, the Centres serve as regional focal points for professional development, research, and knowledge sharing, as well as providing specialist training services to external clients. Recent Trainings March 2012: Digital Dividend, Greece (face-to-face) June 2012: Future Internet (online) November 2012: Mobile Broadband: LTE/LTE-Advanced, WiMAX and WLAN (online)

13 Promoting Public and Private Partnership and New Membership
Promotion of ITU aimed at identification of new members in particular amongst European private sectors and academia Closer work with Academia Academic Experts Group Meetings Identification of Academic networks November 2012

14 Accompanying Region in Global Actions
Girls in ICTs Day / 26 April 2012 Celebration of international day Promotion campaign across the region Hundreds of events celebrating Girls in ICTs Day in 31 European countries Showcasing held at the WSIS Forum 2012, Geneva 16 May 201

15 Accompanying Region in Global Actions
World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) 3-14 December 2012, Dubai Global Symposium for Regulators 2-4 October 2012, Sri Lanka   TELECOM 14-18 October 2012 WSIS Process

16 WTDC-14 2014 World Telecommunication Development Conference
March/April 2014 Sharm el Sheik, Egypt European Regional Preparatory Meeting 25 to 29 November 2013 Republic of Serbia Common European Proposals What recommendations may be put forward? Broadband?

17 Thank you very much for your attention!!!
Europe Coordination, ITU

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