Information Communication Technology - ICT
The Pacific Regional Digital Strategy is an initiative under the Pacific Plan to promote economic growth, sustainable development, good governance and security in Forum Countries. The Strategy establishes the following priorities:
- improving access to communications technology
- reducing costs
- establishing higher bandwidth to the global ICT ‘backbone’
- removing inappropriate regulatory environments in order to foster higher levels of investment
- strengthening ICT skills.
The Pacific Islands region is in the midst of an information and communications technology (ICT) revolution that could have major implications, particularly for democratic governance and the region’s development. In urban, and increasingly in rural settings, Pacific Islanders are using new digital tools to communicate, form online networks and coordinate.
The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector in a number of Pacific Island Countries (PICs) has undergone significant liberalization and privatization, coupled with the deployment of undersea fiber optic cables, over the last decade, leading to a rapid increase in access to mobile voice and data networks.
This presents the Final Report for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) TA 4305-SAM - Supporting the Samoa SchoolNet and Community Access Pilot Project (the TA). The three key outputs for the TA are as follows:
Demonstrating the applicability of SchoolNet and community access program approaches for Samoa;
This paper summarises a report, published by the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF), on the economic and social impact of information and communication technology (ICT) developments in the Pacific.
It is based on the findings of research conducted in late 2014 in five countries -- Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu, and highlights impacts in sectors such as agriculture and fisheries, tourism, government, education and healthcare – but its conclusions are relevant to most Pacific Island Countries (PICs).
During the past decade, Asia and the Pacific region has experienced continuous Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure developments. ICT penetration in major cities in most of the countries has been fulfilled; however, in rural areas it is far below satisfactory levels and many people in those regions still do not have access to ICT.