ITU Platform Aims to Protect Telecom Networks During Global Pandemic
Monday, March 23, 2020 | Comments

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) launched a global platform to help protect telecommunications networks during the COVID-19 crisis. The new platform will assist governments and the private sector in ensuring that networks are kept resilient, the group said.

The platform will collect relevant and trustworthy information and expertise on actions that telecommunications policymakers, regulators and others in the regulatory community can use to ensure that their telecommunications networks and services serve the needs of their country. The platform will provide countries struggling to find appropriate solutions to ensure their networks' resiliency with relevant and trustworthy information and expertise on how to cope with the stresses faced by their infrastructure. The platform allows countries that still have time to prepare an opportunity to learn from what is being done elsewhere, from emergency spectrum reassignments to guidelines for consumers on responsible use.

ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao said he instructed his team to leverage ITU's existing regulatory and policymaker platform to help countries and industry cope with the increasing stress being put on global networks.

“At stake is our ability, as one human family, to give health workers everywhere the tools they need to carry out their duties, to allow all those that can to work from home, to trade online, to ensure that hundreds of millions of children and young people keep up with their studies, and to keep in touch with loved ones, wherever they are,” he said.

Serving initially as an informative tool, the Global Network Resiliency Platform will soon be expanded to provide an interactive and engaging platform for continuous sharing throughout this crisis and beyond.

“I call on all ITU members, from the public and private sector alike, to come together to build the best platform we can so that information and communication technology can help defeat COVID-19 and make us safer, stronger and more connected,” Zhao said.

More information on the platform is available here.

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