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Contribution by Sanjay Chaudhary

Based on my general understanding of the previous ITU strategic plan for 2012-15, here are my inputs for the 2016-19 ITU strategic plan:
1. The Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R)
1.1 Promote efficient and optimized use of spectrum across the globe e.g. promote the use of white spaces for rural communication
1.2 Promote spectrum farming and trading best practices
1.3 Ensure fair pricing of spectrum across the globe and stop unfair practices/monopolies e.g. ensure necessary spectrum band are available for free for public use (e.g. wi-fi 802.11, blue tooth, amateur radio etc.) and not all bands are pu for sale and sold for commercial purpose.
1.4 satellite, Maritime and terrestial Spectrum harmonization for natural and man made disaster prediction, monitoring, prevention and relief.
1.5 Spectrum band cohesion/harmonization between developed and developing countries.
1.6 Look at inter-satellite communication area
1.7 Seek participation from all sections of society namely government, public and private institutions/companies.

2. The Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T)
2.1 Promote formation of standardization bodies in developing countries
2.2 Provide free education on standardization
2.3 Ensure mandatory backward compatable of new standard e.g. TD-LTE with WCDMA and GSM
2.4 Promote cross standard equipment and devices for public good and mass benefit e.g. TDD-LTE plus FDD-LTE plus WCDMA plus GSM 900/1800 mobile phone
2.5 Las but not the least, convergence of standard and coming up with one universal acceptable standard for telecom and digital media world. I do come across different standard for digital media, broadcast and telecom equipment and services which are becoming outdated since lot of multimedia is now on telecom using iptv, digital cable, OTT on ip network, broadcast on mobile network etc.

3. The Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D)
3.1 Promote broadband access along with ICT access as fundamental right of world citizen
3.2 Free training and education on broadband policy to managers, ICT and broadband usage to masses
3.3 Start cross industry dialogue and forum movement on machine to machine communication as ITU has started on Internet society
3.4 Cyber security as must e.g. big movement on safe use of internet and telecom equipment and services. Intention is to stop terrorists to use IcT/web/cyber world for destruction and money laundering which is already a big problem now.
3.5 Use of telecom, broadband and ICT for financial inclusion.
Mass promotion of financial literacy on mobile telecom and mobile money used for financial inclusion.
3.7 Medical sector and its coherence with telecom world need to be looked in detail, beyond the realms of existing reviews of tele-medicine.
3.8 Promotion of global best practices via free publications e.g. shared Shared BTS Towers and Renewable Energy Service Company (RESCO) from India and use of green energy in India
4. the General Secretariat (GS)
4.1 Use of public forum/organization/industry association like ITU-APT of India for sourcing local resources like experienced consultants who can work on ITU projects.
4.2 Use of public forum/organization/industry association like ITU-APT of India for inputs to ITU-R/ITU-T/ITU-D via local conferences
4.3 Use of public forum/organization/industry association like ITU-APT of India for delivering training seminars in India
4.4 More general conferences, working group, advisory group etc. meeting in developing country for free publicity and increasing participation e.g. ITU-D conference in Hyderabad, India 2012

Are you aware of the mandate of the ITU?

List three key ways your life and activities are affected by information and communication technologies

What trends in information and communication technologies should ITU consider while planning its strategy?

What would be the main areas and opportunities for improvement of the ITU?

What are the top three achievements you would like to see the ITU accomplish in the 2016-2019 timeframe?

What do you consider to be the top three challenges for the ITU’s work?

Any other thoughts or comments you would like to make?

edited on Sep 6, 2013 by Fernando Rivera
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