Electronic Bulletin / Number 15 - September, 2005

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  Upcoming events
Workshops on Number portability and Telecommunication International Regulations

As was previously announced the Workshops on Number portability and Telecommunication International Regulations will be held on September 20 and 21, 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm and 9:00 am to 12:30 pm respectively.  In particular, we would like to point out that the Workshop on Telecommunication International Regulations has changed its time. Taking into account the interest of these Workshops, it was decided to do their webcasting. Please go to the address of CITEL in Internet (http://citel.oas.org/citel_i.asp) where there will be a link to be able to follow these important events on line. Please send your questions to the speakers to citel@oas.org.

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Access Broadband over Power Line

During the VII meeting of the Permanent Consultative Committee I, Telecommunication Standardization, it will be possible to have on September 22 from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm, within the work of the Working Group on Eonomic Aspects and Tariff Principles,an Expert Panel on Broadband over Power Lines Communications (BPL/PLC) that will analyze economic, regulatory and commercial aspects on BPL/PLC.

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International Workshop on the implementation of Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRA) on telecommunication equipment and promotion of trade

The Inter-American Mutual Recognition Agreement for Conformity Assessment of Telecommunications Equipment  was approved by CITEL PCC.I on November 1999 and then was endorsed by COM/CITEL on December 1999. This is a non-binding, agreement similar to APEC TEL MRA.and has as objective to improve the conditions of introduction of products to the market taking into account not only the cost but also the time required to analyze the meeting of the national technical  standards.

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  Important issues
Digital Communities - Digital Revolution for the Social Inclusion

By Max C. Leite, INTEL
Intel’s Digital Community Project consists of combining standards based wireless communication solutions such as WiFi and WiMax with information technology to create a revolution in access to digital services. It enables the connection of communities with limited access by driving down both build up and maintenance costs and empowering local governments.

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Latin America towards the future: first UMTS call in Uruguay

By João Carlos Paschoal Freitas, Huawei Technologies Co
Huawei Technologies is committed to enriching people's life through advanced technologies such as IMT 2000 and we are investing in the region and supporting operators. Last month Huawei announced that it has successfully enabled Latin America's first UMTS call in Uruguay. The historical call, which was made through Administración Nacional de Telecomunicaciones ("ANTEL"), one of Uruguay's leading telecom operators, was based on Huawei Technologies' end-to-end R4-based UMTS network.

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Service development for mobile telephony 2.5 G and 3G

By Alberto Montilla Bravo, CONATEL-Venezuela
Mobile services are the communication capacities that operators make available to customers (subscribers). These capacities are completely defined by protocols and standardized functions (at least in how they are used).

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What is cyber security?

By Claudia Santiago C., Center of Telecommunication and Information Studies, Colombian Engineering School
A series of processes, procedures, tasks, and activities implemented together with information technology (IT) and telecommunication elements with a view to controling and protecting from threat, as regards their integrity, availability, confidentiality, and authenticity, IT resources (data, equipment, etc.) located at specific sites, during the storage or transmission thereof.

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Fellowships for telecommunication courses

On September 16, 2005, CITEl has already awarded 178 fellowships for 10 telecommunication courses offered by recognized Training Centers in the region and in coordination with the Center of Excellence of the Americas region of the International Telecommunication Union. There are still fellowships available for several telecommunication courses. OAS scholarship applications must be submitted using form OAS 98 (Fellowship Application form), and including all documentation required.  Applications must be forwarded to the Organization of American States through the official channels established by the government of each country National Liaison Offices (ONEs).  This is a mandatory requirement.

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  What's happening in the region?
Venezuela: CONATEL conducted public hearings for the draft Administrative Ruling on Categories of Telecommunication Equipment subject to Approval and Certification

So as to comply with the provisions of the Organic Law of Public Administration, on September 7, the National Telecommunications Board (CONATEL) started up the public hearing process for the draft Administrative Ruling on Categories of Telecommunication Equipment subject to Approval and Certification. (CONATEL Venezuela, 7 September 2005).

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Ecuador: Review of draft regulations for the implementation and operation of broadband digital modulation systems

The present regulations are aimed at regulating the installation and operation of radiocommunication systems that use broadband digital modulation techniques in the frequency ranges determined by the National Telecommunications Board (CONATEL). (CONATEL Ecuador, 6 September 2005).

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Peru: New fixed telephony numbers for rural areas

So as to promote the possibility of having rural operators offer more fixed telephony services in rural areas and places characterized as of priority social interest, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications is issuing today draft regulations aimed at using the number series 85, 86 and 87 as differentiated numbering for local telephony service in these areas.  At present, the number series 81, 82, 83 and 84 have already been assigned to operators. (Ministry of Transport and Communications of Peru, 6 September 2005).

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Brazil: Anatel adopts regulations governing certification of transmitters and transceivers at fixed cellular and trunking stations

The National Telecommunications Agency (ANATEL) has adopted a standard for certification and approval of radio base station transmitters and transceivers and of repeater stations for personal mobile service and specialized mobile service (“trunking”). (ANATEL, 5 September 2005).

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Venezuela: CONATEL is celebrating its fourteenth anniversary.

The National Telecommunications Board (CONATEL) is celebrating its fourteenth anniversary as the body promoting and regulating Venezuela’s telecommunications sector.  (CONATEL Venezuela, 5 September 2005).

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Brazil: Public referendum to be held on regulations governing reporting on the provision of personal mobile service

At its 359th meeting, the Directing Council of the National Telecommunications Agency (ANATEL) authorized a public referendum on the “Regulations Governing Reporting on the Provision of Personal Mobile Service.”  The document specifies how providers should report to the agency on personal mobile service, in accordance with Article 99.I of the Personal Mobile Service Regulations.  Presently, data on personal mobile service are submitted in an unorganized fashion.  Under the new regulation, the submission of reports, essential to Anatel’s monitoring of services, will be optimized through direct linkage with specific data-gathering systems and a single entry portal, encouraging better organization by providers.  The proposal establishes guidelines for the content of each of the reports and their submission by providers.  It also makes possible the transparency of these reports and their frequency. (ANATEL, 1 September 2005).

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Colombia: Invitation to bid for accessible telephony projects

Bearing in mind that the State should draw up the strategies that are needed to enable all Colombian citizens to gain access to information and communication technologies, the Ministry of Communications has proposed the possibility of having hearing-impaired persons benefit from access to telephony service. (Ministry of Communications of Colombia, 31 August 2005).

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Chile: Widespread interest in the chilean telecommunications development fund

The Under-Secretary of Telecommunications, Christian Nicolai, participated in an international seminar on consumer rights and universal access, held in China and sponsored by the International Telecommunication Union.  Nicolai also held working meetings with the authorities of the Ministry of the Information Industry.  (ANATEL, 31 August 2005).

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Uruguay: New Authorities of URSEC

The new authorities of the Communication Services Regulatory Agency of Uruguay (URSEC, Unidad Reguladora de Servicios de Comunicaciones) have been appointed:

Chair: Mr. León Lev
Directors: Eng. Alicia Fernández
               Dr. Juan José Camelo 
(August, 2005)
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El Salvador: New Authority of SIGET

Eng. Saúl Vasquez González has been appointed as Telecommunications Manager of the General Superintendency of Electricity and Telecommunications of El Salvador (SIGET, Superintendencia General de Electricidad y Telecomunicaciones de El Salvador. (SIGET, agosto 2005).

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Workshops on Number portability and Telecommunication International Regulations
Access Broadband over Power Line
International Workshop on the implementation of MRA on telecommunication equipment and promotion of trade
Digital Communities - Digital Revolution for the Social Inclusion
Latin America towards the future: first UMTS call in Uruguay
Service development for mobile telephony 2.5 G and 3G
What is cyber security?
Fellowships for telecommunication courses

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VIII meeting of WGCP
Washington, DC, United States of America, September 19, 2005
VII meeting of PCC.I
Washington, DC, United States of America, September 20 to 23, 2005
VI Meeting of PCC.II
San José, Costa Rica, October 25 to 28, 2005


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