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Electronic Bulletin Number 52 - October, 2008

 
 
Summary
World Assembly heralds new era in setting global ICT standards
Technology Forum  on “NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND ITS IMPACT ON THE INFORMATION SOCIETY”
Licensing of Fixed Satellite Services in Canada
Regulation of the Telecommunication Sector in Honduras
Work done after WRC-07
The Co-existence of Satellite C-band and Broadband Wireless
The Radioelectric Spectrum
 
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World Assembly heralds new era in setting global ICT standards
The World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-08) drew to a close in Johannesburg, South Africa, October 30, 2008, with decisions on a wide range of issues that will impact the future direction of the information and communication technology (ICT) industry. 768 delegates, including 13 Ministers or Vice-Ministers from 99 countries participated.

Delegates at the ten-day meeting in Johannesburg, spanning the global ICT industry and administrations from across the world, asked for increased emphasis on key areas such as ICTs and climate change, the deployment of IPv6, accessibility to ICTs for persons with disabilities, conformance and interoperability testing and agreed on restructuring ITU’s standards work to be able to tackle these important areas of study.

OEA/CITEL submitted 40 inter-american proposals to the Assembly and held nine regional meetings to do a follow-up of the most important issues so as to be able to make a decision on the way to move forward. Each proposal had a coordinator and an alternate coordinator for its presentation and negotiation during the several working meetings,

  Upcoming events
Technology Forum on “NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND ITS IMPACT ON THE INFORMATION SOCIETY”
This forum will take place on December 2, 2008, in San José, Costa Rica and has been done in coordination with the Asociación Hispanoamericana de Centros de Investigación y Empresas de Telecomunicaciones (AHCIET) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).  From the debates in the three round tables it will be possible to study the work being carried out by the three entities to promote the knowledge and the use of new technologies for the achievement of the millennium goals.

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  Important issues
Licensing of Fixed Satellite Services in Canada
By Chantal Beaumier, Industry Canada
With its large land mass, Canada is dependent on satellites for the delivery of communications services.  Canadian satellite policy objectives include ensuring there is sufficient capacity to meet the needs of Canadian telecommunications and broadcasting services, including those for Northern Canada.  The development of a Canadian satellite infrastructure to allow satellite operators and service providers to advance their offerings in Canada and beyond is also an important objective.   The development of fixed-satellite service (FSS) spectrum and the regulatory framework supporting FSS licensing activities are critical to achieving these objectives. 

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Regulation of the Telecommunication Sector in Honduras
By Javier Hernández Flores, CONATEL-Honduras
Almost 13 years have elapsed since the promulgation of the Framework Law for the Telecommunication Sector, Decree-Law 185-95, and its amendment through Decree-Law 118-97. It marked the beginning of a new era in that sector and ushered in major changes, due to the fact that a regulatory framework lays the groundwork for striking a balance between the core regulator-operator-user protagonists of telecommunication services of various kinds with different technologies, whereby telecommunication is regarded as a key factor in, and indicator of,  the economic development of Honduras.

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Work done after WRC-07
By Osvaldo Javier Ayala, CONATEL-Paraguay
When the 2007 World Radiocommunication Conference finished, we got new frequency bands allocated in particular for mobile systems. Here we have to highlight what was indicated at the opening of the Conference by Mr. François Rancy, Chair of WRC-07: "The goal of WRC-07 is that each country may be able to use the spectrum for its own needs, if it does not have an effect on the capacity of the other countries to share this resource".

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The Co-existence of Satellite C-band and Broadband Wireless
By Robert W. Ames. Jr., Satellite Users Interference Reduction Group
Satellite interference is a costly problem for operators around the world. Interference comes from many sources although the majority are human error and accidental. In the last year, however, there has been a growing controversy over the deployment of broadband wireless access (BWA) services such as WiMAX and International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) systems and the potentially devastating outcome on the C-band frequency.

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The Radioelectric Spectrum
By Ruben Kustra, Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires
We all know that our radios tune different "frequency bands"that we designate as: AM, shortwave, FM (VHF), etc. These bands are divisions of the "radioelectric spectrum" that by convention were done to distribute the different telecommunication services. Each of these ranges of frequencies have particular characteristics that allow different possibilities of reception (quality and range among others); this is the reason that we need to know the main characteristics of each of them.

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  What's happening in the region?
Colombia: Innovative "Open School," Wireless Network, and Virtual Classroom Project Launched by Minister of Communications in Quindío
Minister of Communications María del Rosario Guerra inaugurated the first two of ten "Open Schools" in municipalities of Quindio Department that are to have wireless networks, computers, e-mail platforms, and other technological tools, a strategy included in the Quindío Regional Digital and Armenia Digital City agreement she launched today, together with other connectivity projects for the people of that region of Colombia. (Ministry of Communications, 31 October 2008)

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Colombia: Ministry of Communications Launches an Invitation to Bid to Digital Micro, Small, and Medium-Size Enterprise for Improvement of Their Competitiveness
Minister of Communications María del Rosario Guerra has launched an invitation to bid to digital micro, small, and medium-sized enterprise for the development of a comprehensive strategy for Colombian MiSMEs to adopt information and communication technologies (ICTs), achieving true ownership thereof, with a view to generating impact on their productivity and competitiveness.  The invitation to bid was officially launched on Thursday, in Bogotá, at the fair “Colombia Global,” held in Corferias [an international business and expo center]. (Ministry of Communications, 23 October 2008)

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Brazil: The Number of Mobile Telephony Subscribers Exceeds 140 Million
With 2,367,663 new activations (an increase of 1.71%), September 2008 marked the year’s fourth highest month for activations, after August (3,089,919), May (2,815,604), and June (2,162,434). With this result, Brazil now has 140,788,562 Personal Mobile Service (SMP) subscribers.  Of the total number of accesses, 114,164,195 (81.09%) are prepaid, and 26,624,367 (18.1%) postpaid.

The number of SMP subscribers increased by 16.37% in nine months.  The 19,808,459 new subscription figure in that period is 54.34% higher than the 12,834,643 subscription figure recorded in the same period in 2007.  

The consolidated monthly mobile telephony subscription data is available via the portal of the National Telecommunication Agency (www.anatel.gov.br), on the “Sala de Imprensa” tab, "Anatel em dados" link [left side], under "Telefonia móvel." (Anatel, 16 October 2008)

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