Telecommunications and ICT

Telecommunications is now considered an infrastructure essential to a country’s economic development and competitiveness. Apart from facilitating communication and various economic activities, telecommunications is an economic sector in itself. The mobile phone boom worldwide has created jobs and generated income for the government, operators, manufacturers, service providers, and application/content developers. In developing countries, mobile phones serve as the universal access tool, especially for their low-income populations.

ICT, which includes computers, software applications, and the internet, are benefiting countries and their citizens. A 2009 World Bank report found that for every 10 percent increase in high speed internet connections, there is a 1.3 percent increase in economic growth. The impact of ICTs is also seen in their creative and cost-efficient use in basic sectors, such as education, health, and agriculture, among others.

Title Description
Pacific Information and Communication Technology Investment Planning and Capacity Development Facility This technical assistance (TA) will make complementary support available to Pacific countries to overcome fundamental barriers to ICT development and make strategic decisions on ICT investment. Approved in 2013, it aims to achieve enhanced government capacity and leadership in ICT development in selected Pacific DMCs through (i) demand-driven ICT technical advice, assessment, and capacity development; and (ii) knowledge products on ICT development experience.
Broadband for Development Project The loan will invest in a submarine fiber optic communication cable system that will link Solomon Islands to an existing international submarine cable network that runs between Guam and Sydney, and will comprise an international spur into Guadalcanal (landing in Honiara) and two domestic spurs linking Guadalcanal with Malaita (landing in Auki) and the Western Province (landing in Noro). It aims to provide the population of Solomon Islands good quality broadband internet services at affordable prices.
Renewable Energy for Telecom Networks This technical assistance aims to support mobile operators in reducing reliance on diesel for power generation at mobile base station locations. It will undertake a solar and wind assessment for mobile base stations; pilot renewable energy and remote monitoring technologies; provide training in operation and maintenance (O&M) and best practice engineering for solar and wind technologies; pilot community power models; and prepare a plan for upscaling and increasing access to renewable technologies.