Regional: SASEC Information Highway

Sovereign Project | 40054-012

Summary

The objective of the project preparatory (PP) TA is to help SASEC countries prepare an investment project that will (i) establish robust data interchange capacity between all four SASEC members with reduced cost and an increase in reliability and competition, replacing some microwave facilities and providing efficient access, with redundancy, to submarine cables for Nepal and Bhutan, and also reduce the dependency on satellite, enhanced local peering and reduction of latency; (ii) establish village networks for SASEC regional village communities to enable rural ICT development consistent with the Millennium Development Goals; and (iii) establish a regional ICT training and research center to provide a focal point for teaching, research, professional development and industry and government advice.

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Project Name SASEC Information Highway
Project Number 40054-012
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector Information and communication technology - ICT industries and ICT-enabled services - ICT infrastructure - ICT strategy and policy, and capacity development
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description

The objective of the project preparatory (PP) TA is to help SASEC countries prepare an investment project that will (i) establish robust data interchange capacity between all four SASEC members with reduced cost and an increase in reliability and competition, replacing some microwave facilities and providing efficient access, with redundancy, to submarine cables for Nepal and Bhutan, and also reduce the dependency on satellite, enhanced local peering and reduction of latency; (ii) establish village networks for SASEC regional village communities to enable rural ICT development consistent with the Millennium Development Goals; and (iii) establish a regional ICT training and research center to provide a focal point for teaching, research, professional development and industry and government advice.

The TA outputs will include (i) an investment plan for the SASEC regional exchange including in-country gateways and cross-border access links together with applicable peering arrangements and organizational model for operating the regional exchange; (ii) an investment plan for establishing village networks over SASEC countries including its operational design; (iii) an investment plan for establishing a regional research and training center including its mandate and organizational set-up and a business model to operate it on a financially self-sustainable manner; and (iv) a feasibility assessment of the integrated investment project package.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

The TA will require international consulting services of 12 person-months and national consulting services of 43 person-months engaged from an international firm in association with national firms in each SASEC country using the biodata technical proposal procedures based on the quality- and cost-based selection method in accordance with ADB?s Guidelines on the Use of Consultants.

The international consultants will be (i) an ICT sector policy specialist (5 person-months), (ii) an ICT network specialist (5 person-months), and (iii) a telecenter specialist (2 person-months). The national consultants will be (i) four ICT technical specialist (5 person-months in India and 4 person-months in other countries), (ii) four telecenter specialists (2 person-months in each country), (iii) a project economists (3 person-months in India), (iv) a financial specialist (3 person-months in India), (v) four social development specialists (2 person-months in each country), and (vi) four environmental specialists (1 person-month in each country).

Responsible ADB Officer Taku Nishimura
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development BankTaku Nishimuratnishimura@adb.orgAsian Development Bank
Timetable
Concept Clearance 11 Aug 2006
Fact Finding 20 Sep 2006 to 20 Sep 2006
MRM -
Approval 01 Dec 2006
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 06 Dec 2007
Last PDS Update 17 Oct 2008

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Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
01 Dec 2006 - 01 Dec 2006 30 Jun 2007 31 Dec 2008 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 01 Dec 2006 453,394.35

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