ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao. Pic by ITU

IN A STATEMENT released yesterday by the International Telecommunications Union-ITU-the agency has created a global platform to help protect telecommunication networks during the COVID-19 crisis.

The ITU is a United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies.

The global platform will help governments and the private sector in ensuring that networks are kept resilient and telecommunication services are available to all.

“Never before have telecommunication networks been so vital to our health and safety, and to keep our economy and society working, as during the COVID-19 crisis we are living through today.

As a result, I have instructed my team to leverage without any delay ITU’s existing regulatory and policy-maker platform to help countries and industry cope with the increasing stress being put on global networks” stated ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.

“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.”

The platform is a critical repository that telecoms policy-makers and regulators can use to ensure that their networks and services serve the national needs.

Global Network Resiliency Platform- the statement indicated- is an informative channel-which will soon be extended to provide an interactive and engaging platform for continuous sharing throughout this crisis and beyond.

Most people, in particular Zimbabwe- find the cost of data, SMS and voice unreachable.

Thus, “In these uncertain times, we should not forget all those around the world who still lack access to the Internet” Zhao remarked.




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