1. Context and challenge
The broadband plays a crucial role in the transformation of our economies and society, said the Commission ‘’ the broadband for Digital Development’’ in an open letter to delegates attending the 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference, of ITU.
Indeed, according to that Commission, there are close links between broadband and development. That belief is based, among other things, on a study conducted by the World Bank (Qiang & Rossotto 2009), which reports a 1.38% increase in GDP in developing countries for each 10% increasing of Broadband penetration rate.
Governments must therefore ensure that ITU-defined broadband plans are established as a network able to transmit high-rate signals over multiple transmission channels as opposed to a baseband network that uses only one transmission channel. The challenge is to ensure that both the industrialized and the developing countries can take full advantage of the digital revolution in order to reduce the digital divide and provide new growth drivers for socio-economic development.
Côte d'Ivoire, aware of the challenges of telecommunication development / ICT and the need to build an inclusive information society, initiated several reforms that led to the adoption of the order No. 2012-293 dated 21 March 2012 on Telecommunications and Information and Communication Technologies. Those structural but also technological changes have increased the number of subscribers to telecommunications / ICT services to 2. 226.426 at the end of 2016 first semester. That represents a penetration rate of 105.48%. Internet access accounted for 7.600.542 subscribers in Côte d'Ivoire at the end of 2016 first semester, of which 7.498.587 for mobile Internet, accounting for over 98% of subscriptions to the Internet and 101.955 for subscribers for Fixed Internet. The access to Internet is largely dominated by mobile phones, which have significantly improved the Internet penetration rate in Côte d'Ivoire, which stands at 31.78% at the end of 2016 first term. It is also the market segment which represents considerable potential for growth and a drive for the reduction of the digital divide in Côte d'Ivoire in particular, in sub-Saharan Africa and globally in general.
Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector accounts for about 8% of GDP in Côte d'Ivoire for more than 150 000 jobs created. The purpose is to reach 15% of GDP in 2020. That ambition demonstrates the importance of ICT in Côte d'Ivoire's economy.
Today, more than ever, the dazzling evolutions and the opportunities related to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), open new prospects to Côte d'Ivoire for the reduction of poverty and the fight against the ills which affect the society.
It is in that perspective that RATCI, as part of encouraging the development of ICTs in Côte d'Ivoire and the access of the population to new technologies, in line with the missions to be entrusted to it in the order, conducted together with the firm Polyconseil, a study on the development of a national broadband development plan in Côte d'Ivoire. That study was carried out between June 21st and September 21st in concert with actors in the sector through a participatory approach in order to think consensually on a strategy for broadband development.
Following to that study, that can be considered as a prospective exercise, RATCI is organizing the second edition of the ‘’Regulator’s Prospective Day" to bring together all the actors of the sector on the themes "National Broadband Development Strategy". That day is a forum for the actors and experts of the sector inviting them to share their analyzes on the conclusions of that study.
In order to ensure the quality of conclusions, the study was carried out in concert with all the actors of the sector who were associated in all the key steps of the project, namely the technical, economic and regulatory state of the sector, the analysis of socio-economic issues and the national strategic plan.
The main purpose of that day is to show conclusions of the study on the development of a national broadband development plan and create a high-level framework for reflection on the strategy for the broadband development in Côte d'Ivoire.
It will thus be question to address specifically the development strategy in Côte d'Ivoire under the following points.
Development of infrastructures
Development of the uses
The creation of shared vision and the driving of its implementation
3. Date et place
That 2nd edition of the day ‘’ Regulator’s Prospective Day’’ that will take place on November 29th 2016 in Abidjan.
4. Expected players
That prospective day is a day of high-level exchanges for decision-makers and prominent actors in digital economy in Côte d'Ivoire, namely:
- The Minister of the digital economy and the Post office ;
- General Managers of public structures (RATCI, ANSUT, AIGF, VITIB, ESATIC, SNDI, BNEDT, SNDI, CNTIG (buried network) ;
- General Managers of electricity, communication and audiovisual regulators (ANARE and HACA) ;
- Managers and Technical Advisers of public structures (Ministry of Construction and Town Planning, Ministry of Economic Infrastructures, Ministry of Planning and Development) and the MENUP ;
- Members of RATCI Regulatory Board ;
- General Managers of Phone Company (ORANGE, MTN, MOOV) ;
- General or Technical Managers of Internet Service Providers (AFNET, AVISO, VIPNET, ALINK TELECOM, IZINET, YOOMEE) ;
- General or Technical Managers of equipment manufacturers (ALCATEL-LUCENT/ NOKIA, HUAWEI, ERICSSON) ;
- Chairmen of Telecommunications Associations / ICT (GOTIC and UNETEL) ;
- The General Managers of CIE ;
- The General Managers of IHS ;
- The General Managers of AWALE ;
- The General Managers of television programme package (CANAL+ and STARTIMES) ;
- The Ministry of Economic Infrastructures;
- The Ministry of Construction and Town Planning;
- The General manager of SITARAIL ;
- The General manager of NSIA TECHNOLOGIES;
- The Executive Secretary of the National Committee of Migration toward digital terrestrial television (CNM-TNT) ;
- General manager of OCDE ;
- The World Bank ;
- The Africa Development Bank
- The French development office ;
- The Printed and audiovisual press.
5. Progress of the event
The works will be implemented in the form of plenary session with an inaugural conference, and conference-debate and presented by a moderator and high-level panelists.
The moderator will open and close the exchanges around the themes that he will present carefully as well as briefly the speakers. He will be in charge of the moderation of the exchanges among the speakers, making sure to refocus the debates if need be and make summaries if necessary.
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