Standardization Key In Addressing Digital Divide

This year’s World Telecommunication and Information Society Day was celebrated under the theme ‘Bridging the Standardization Gap” a divide that has over the years grown significantly between developing and developed countries mainly as an outcome of differences in levels of industrialization.

However Zimbabwe has taken strides in trying to bridge the digital divide in the different parts of the country through the adoption of telecommunication standards in which the telecommunications ecosystem works.

Speaking at the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day ICT Minister Honorable Kazembe Kazembe urged stakeholders to partake in the standards making process as the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) finalizes standards for 5G this year so that their needs may be recognized also.

“My take is that our Regulator, Operators, Academia, Industry and Policy makers and the general citizenry actively ensure that Zimbabwe has a voice in the standard making process, “

“While others may have priorities in self driving cars, our priority could be elsewhere particularly in e-Education, e-Health, e-Commerce and e-Agriculture,”.

Potraz Director General Dr Gift Machengete pointed out that the overarching goal of bridging the standardization gap will facilitate the increased participation of developing countries in standardization to ensure that developing countries experience the economic benefits of associated technological development, and to better reflect the requirements and interests of developing countries in the standards-development project.

“Bridging the standardization gap hinges on getting more developing countries participating and contributing to the development of international telecommunication standard,” he said.

“Participation ensures that fundamental needs of developing countries are catered for and captured during standards development,”

Bridging the standardization gap has been a fundamental part of International Telecommunication Union’s mission to connect the world. The program mainly addresses the disparities in the ability of developing countries to access, implement and influence ITU’s international standards in comparison to that of the developed countries. 

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