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CITEL TO FACE COVID-19

imagejpeg_1.jpgThe Secretariat of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission - CITEL-, specialized agency in Information Technology and Communications / Telecommunications - ICT - of the Organization of American States -OAS-, has joined the actions that the OAS has undertaken to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Likewise,we recognize the importance of ICT in this critical context and the work that the Member States and Associate Members are doing to reduce and control this pandemic, among which the following stand out:

1. Streamline actions to encourage the expansion of Internet coverage and other telecommunications services, especially in areas that do not have access: These actions include the agile granting of permits for the temporary use of spectrum and for the deployment of infrastructure in order to expand network coverage. As well as allowing the agile entry of telecommunications equipment through homologation and import processes.

 
 
2. Prioritize the connectivity of strategic points in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic: the prioritization of projects aimed at connecting strategic institutions such as hospitals, health centers and food collection centers, as well as key infrastructures such as ports, airports, highways, power plants and borders.

3. Promote actions to encourage rational use of the Internet: These actions include strategies for the disclosure of rational Internet use habits and constant monitoring of the evolution of network traffic to determine additional actions aimed at guaranteeing the correct provision of the service. These actions are more effective with more actors involved.



4. Give priority to the tasks of support, operation, maintenance and deployment of additional capacity of telecommunications networks:
 This includes allowing the circulation of technical personnel in charge of networks and coordinated work with public service companies and other authorities to deal with possible interruptions in service.

5. Continue maintenance and surveillance of both physical and virtual telecommunications infrastructure: Prevent the infrastructure of telecommunications services from being intentionally compromised.

 
 
Therefore,given the importance of communications and with the aim of promoting debate, cooperation and regional coordination in the field of telecommunications that facilitate the fight against COVID-19, A space is added on the CITEL website to share the actions that governments and companies are carrying out. In this way, best practices can be shared and citizens will be kept informed.

Finally, CITEL members are invited to share the information or links related to these actions to make them public on our portal. Contact Point: Miguel Muñoz (mmunoz@oas.org)


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Mesa Redonda (Videos) // Round Table (Videos)

Mesa Redonda "El estado de Internet en el contexto del COVID-19 - Construyendo una agenda colaborativa en la CITEL"

02 abril 2020 // 02 April 2020

(Español // Spanish)

Segunda edición en español de la Mesa Redonda "El estado de Internet en el contexto del COVID-19 - Construyendo una agenda colaborativa en la CITEL"

14 abril 2020 // 14 April 2020

(Español // Spanish)

Open Roundtable on "The State of the Internet in the context of COVID-19: Building a collaborative agenda at CITEL”

16 abril 2020 // 16 April 2020

(Inglés // English)

Mesa Redonda: Agilizar acciones para incentivar la ampliacion de cobertura de Internet y otros servicios de Telecomunicaciones, en las zonas de que no tienen acceso // Round Table: Streamline actions to encourage the expansion of Internet coverage and other telecommunications services, specially in areas that do not have access.​​
14 mayo 2020 // 14 May 2020

(Español - Spanish // 
Inglés - English)​

Mesa Redonda sobre priorizar la conectividad de puntos estrategicos en la respuesta a la pandemia del COVID-19 // Roundtable on  prioritize the strategic points in the response to COVID-19 pandemic 

20 mayo 2020 // 20 May 2020

(Español - Spanish // 
Inglés - English)​​

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The context we are facing, generated by the COVID-19 virus, has revealed the relevance of information technologies and its value in all productive sectors, as well as in daily life. Which may raise doubts regarding the ability of networks to support the amount of data they are generating. 

For this reason, CITEL is coordinating dialogues with experts from Member States and Associate Members on the Internet in the context of COVID-19, in order to clarify what is happening and how to be ready for what is to come.​


Action// Acción

Objetivo // Objective

Fecha // Date

1. Agilizar las acciones para incentivar la ampliación de cobertura de Internet y otros servicios de telecomunicaciones, especialmente en las zonas que no tienen acceso

Discutir sobre otorgamiento ágil de permisos para el uso temporal de espectro y para el despliegue de infraestructura con el fin de ampliar la cobertura de las redes. Así como permitir el ingreso ágil de equipos de telecomunicaciones a través de la eventual revisión de los procesos de homologación e importación.

May 14 2020
14:00 (UTC-4)

1. To streamline actions to encourage the expansion of Internet coverage and other telecommunications services, especially in areas that do not have access:

These actions include the agile granting of permits for the temporary use of spectrum and for the deployment of infrastructure in order to expand network coverage. As well as allowing the agile entry of telecommunications equipment through homologation and import processes.

Meeting link

https://isoc.zoom.us/j/93852558155

Password: oea123

 

Action// Acción

Objetivo // Objective

Fecha // Date

2. Priorizar la conectividad de puntos estratégicos en la respuesta a la pandemia del COVID-19

Discutir sobre la priorización de proyectos orientados a conectar instituciones estratégicas tales como hospitales, centros de salud y centros de acopio de alimentos, así como infraestructuras clave como por ejemplo puertos, aeropuertos, carreteras, centrales eléctricas y fronteras.

May 20 2020
14:00 (UTC-4)

2. To prioritize the connectivity of strategic points in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic

The prioritization of projects aimed at connecting strategic institutions such as hospitals, health centers and food collection centers, as well as key infrastructures such as ports, airports, highways, power plants and borders.

Meeting link

https://isoc.zoom.us/j/94579056821

Password: oea123

 

Action// Acción

Objetivo // Objective

Fecha // Date

3. Promover acciones para incentivar el uso racional del internet

Discutir sobre estrategias de divulgación de hábitos de uso racional de internet y el monitoreo constante de la evolución tráfico de las redes para determinar acciones adicionales orientadas a garantizar la correcta prestación del servicio

May 27 2020
14:00 (UTC-4)

3. To promote actions to encourage rational use of the Internet

These actions include strategies for the disclosure of rational Internet use habits and constant monitoring of the evolution of network traffic to determine additional actions aimed at guaranteeing the correct provision of the service. These actions are more effective with more actors involved

Meeting link

https://isoc.zoom.us/j/98078758132

Password: oea123

 

Action// Acción

Objetivo // Objective

Fecha // Date

4. Otorgar prioridad a las labores de soporte, operación, mantenimiento y despliegue de capacidad adicional de las redes de telecomunicaciones

Discutir sobre la circulación del personal técnico encargado de las redes y el trabajo coordinado con las empresas de servicios públicos y otras autoridades para atender posibles interrupciones en el servicio

June 4 2020

14:00 UTC-4

4. To give priority to the tasks of support, operation, maintenance and deployment of additional capacity of telecommunications networks

This includes allowing the circulation of technical personnel in charge of networks and coordinated work with public service companies and other authorities to deal with possible interruptions in service.

Meeting link

https://isoc.zoom.us/j/98346657678

Password: oea123

   

Action// Acción

Objetivo // Objective

Fecha // Date

5. Continuar el mantenimiento y la vigilancia de la infraestructura de telecomunicaciones tanto física como virtual

Discutir sobre medidas para evitar que la infraestructura de los servicios de telecomunicaciones se vea comprometida en estos tiempos donde son fundamentales

June 11 2020

14:00 (UTC-4)

5. To continue maintenance and surveillance of both physical and virtual telecommunications infrastructure

To prevent the infrastructure of telecommunications services from being intentionally compromised.

Meeting link

https://isoc.zoom.us/j/98749329356

Password: oea123

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