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Centre of Excellence for the Americas The Caribbean Work Plan 2006-2008. BDT/HRD June 2006 Philip Cross/Jean-Claude Faure BDT/ITU. The Centre of Excellence for the Americas (or CoE-AMS) was among the four Centre of Excellence Projects launched during year 2000.

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Centre of excellence for the americas the caribbean work plan 2006 2008

Centre of Excellencefor the AmericasTheCaribbean Work Plan2006-2008


June 2006

Philip Cross/Jean-Claude Faure BDT/ITU

Background on coe ams

The Centre of Excellence for the Americas (or CoE-AMS) was among the four Centre of Excellence Projects launched during year 2000.

From the very beginning, this project had a growing impact in the region,taking into consideration several factors:

Firstly, most of the CoE training production is delivered in Distance Learning mode with easy access to the ITU e-learning platform from any existing organization in the region

Secondly, training fees have been applied successfully since 2002. The generated revenues are split between the Nodes and the Project budget, ensuring a long term sustainability of the CoE mechanism.

Thirdly, this project has signed 17 Node agreements with Key Training Providers and Training Organizers (CITEL, COMTELCA, ACIEM, CTU, etc.) who are the real stakeholders of the CoE


Background On COE- AMS

BDT/HRD CoE-ASP May 2006

Role and objectives of the coe

To establish a regional mechanism aimed at strengthening the capacity, within the region, to develop high-level know-how and expertise in telecommunication policy, regulatory matters, management and advanced telecommunication technology.

The final objective is to build a self-dependent and sustainable network of training providers offering advanced training facilities at cost on sensitive issues for the different Players of the Telecommunication sector in the concerned Regions

It should be achieved by mid-2007 for Latin American Nodes and by mid 2009 for Caribbean Nodes

Role and Objectives of the CoE

BDT/HRD CoE-ASP May 2006

Target population

Policy makers, regulators and managers, responsible for the development of national priority policies and regulations for the telecommunication sector.

Senior corporate executives and managers, in aspects relating to the management of telecommunications networks and services

Over 5 years the CoE-AMS has organized 64 training sessions, attended by 2499 participants

Once established, the Caribbean Nodes should offer al least 12 training sessions per year, attended by some 300 participants

Target Population

BDT/HRD CoE-ASP May 2006

Major functions

To assess priority training and HRD needs for policy makers, regulators and operators

To establish cooperation agreements between governments, regulators, operators, service providers, financing and development bodies and regional and international organizations aimed at mobilizing resources

To promote the use of IT and telecommunications for e-learning and teleworking

To plan, organize and implement the activities to be carried out in the region

To build for each CoE programme regional network of Subject Matter Experts able to maintain an inventory of existing facilities and expertise in the participating institutions

Major Functions

BDT/HRD CoE-ASP May 2006

Convergence of coe programmes worldwide

Regulatory Issues

A limited number of issues but with a diversity of regional practices influenced by a growing harmonization on the regional level

Business Management

A wide range of topics focusing on the Operator skills with some subjects which address other Player needs (Strategic Planning, Tariff strategies, etc,.)

Technology Awareness

Four major topics: Broadband Services, Transitions towards NGN, Transitions towards 3G mobile networks, IP based Technologies

Spectrum Management

Already implemented in most of the regions. An area where Subject Matter Experts are more familiar with cooperative practices

Rural Connectivity

Close relationship with Universal Service Strategies. Growing need for combining the three main aspects in each workshop: Technical, Regulatory and economical

Convergence of CoEprogrammes worldwide

BDT/HRD CoE-ASP May 2006

Caribbean nodes implementation

Through the implementation of a dedicated Working Plan, the CoE-AMS will seek to bring into operation in the Caribbean region a network of 3 self-sustainable nodes.

Once established, these Nodes should offer together at least 20 training sessions per year distributed among 3 major areas of ICTs (Spectrum Management, Regulatory Issues, Technology Awareness)

In two years, Caribbean potential content providers, service providers and technology providers already established in the region, should be able to give practical effect to Nodeagreements in order to serve as network nodes or to provide leadershipship for CoE training programmes carried out on an annual basis

Caribbean Nodes Implementation

BDT/HRD CoE-ASP May 2006

Project implementation three phases of evolution

Establish the “Center of Excellence” brand; build a caribbean framework; create a critical mass of Training courses; attract a significant number of participants and sponsors.Funding: Seed fund established by the CoE project.

Consolidate the “Center of Excellence” brand; fine tune the network and the training offer to guarantee excellent quality of the programmes offered; ensure satisfaction of participants and partners; start generating income to foster the future self-sustainability of the Caribbean Nodes.Funding: Seed fund, income due to training fees and sponsorship. (Decreasing use of the seed fund and increasing use of other resources).

Achieve self-sustainability of the Center of Excellence, established as a network with recognized programmes and stable income that covers the costs of the course delivery and the coordination of the CoE activities.Funding: Income from training fees and sponsorship.

Project Implementation “three phases of evolution”

BDT/HRD CoE-ASP May 2006

Roles and responsibilities

CoE Steering Committee

CoE AMS National Coordinator

Programme Leader -

Each node will be a programme leader for either one or more of the 3 CoE training domains. They will be responsible for working in cooperation with the other nodes that may be relevant as well as establishing partners to further the goal of becoming a recognised training provider in that particular programme/s. The host organisation will both host the action and provide key expertise in the programme they lead.

Roles and Responsibilities

BDT/HRD CoE-ASP May 2006

Roles and responsibilities condt

Training Partner/Provider –

Centre of Excellence relies on a strong commitment to an originating partnership agreement. An essential target of the networking process is to keep this first partnership alive and to attract additional partners which could contribute to the real strengthening of the regional expertise with the purpose to increase the academic and other capabilities of the Centre of Excellence and to keep the Centre up-dated with modern technology and modern practices.

A training partner may have different profiles depending on whether they offer a) In kind assistance b) In cash Assistance or c) Complementary projects .

They are primarily linked to one node, due to geographical, political or practical considerations that may exist, but support other node/s.

Roles and responsibilities (condt.)

BDT/HRD CoE-ASP May 2006

Project timeline period of implementation 2 years

Year 1: July 2006- June 2007

Establishment of Advisory Committee and Training partners

Establishment of 2 nodes

Five (5) training actions implemented at minimal cost

4 actions with applied fees

Funded entirely by project

Year 2: July 2007-June 2008

Establishment of 1 additional node

5 actions implemented at minimal cost

6 actions with applied fees

Monitoring and evaluation of programmes, nodes and actions

Funded by project

Year 3: July 2008-June 2009

Caribbean Nodes should be self-sustainable with a minimum total of 20 activities annually.

Project TimelinePeriod of Implementation -2 years

BDT/HRD CoE-ASP May 2006

Programmes and activities some basic principles

CoE products provide the opportunity to complement other ITU regional training activities. In this respect they need to focus first on experience and best practices.

The most successful CoE products combine face-to-face workshops, e-learning activities and case studies or simulations based on models

Best CoE products are based mainly on regional cooperative work and Partners inputs - CTU, CANTO, OOCUR, ECTEL, CARICOM, CITEL, Governments, Regulators, Operators, Manufacturers

The global acceptance of a long-term sustainability is based on delivery at cost and simplified coordination

Programmes and activitiesSome Basic Principles

BDT/HRD CoE-ASP May 2006

Domain technology examples of face to face workshops 2006

05.06.06 - 09.06.06Workshop on new generation networks - TanzaniaEnglish

12.06.06 - 16.06.06Workshop on new generation networks - MozambiqueEnglish

26.06.06 - 30.06.06Telecom standardization workshopMozambiqueEnglish

01.07.06 - 30.09.06Workshop on introduction to wireless  Englis

02.10.06 - 14.10.06Workshop on advanced teletraffic engineeringMozambiqueEnglish

27.11.06 - 01.12.06Workshop on Fixed Network Transition AngolaEnglish

22.05.06 - 26.05.06Workshop on teletrafic engineering (AIRTEL) SenegalFrench

Jun/2006Workshop on mobile datas services networksMauritaniaFrench

Quarter: 3/2006Workshop on NGN Phase IISenegalFrench

Quarter: 3/2006Workshop on migration NGNCameroonFrench

Jul/2006Workshop on SDH technologies: SenegalFrench

Sep/2006Workshop : WDM and new technologies r SenegalFrench

Quarter: 3/2006Workshop on triple play technologiesJordanEnglish

Quarter: 3/2006Workshop on fixed network transition towards NGNOmanEnglish

Quarter: 3/2006Workshop on migration towards 3G mobileTunisiaEnglish

03.09.06 - 07.09.06Workshop on wireless networks (IIT)EgyptEnglish

Jun/2006Workshop on digital broadcastingBosnia &HerEnglish

Sep/2006Workshop on hybrid communications Serbia and English

Nov/2006Workshop on broadband network developmentMacedonia English

Dec/2006Workshop on mobile virtual network operator RomaniaEnglish

Domain: TechnologyExamples of face-to-face workshops (2006)

BDT/HRD CoE-ASP May 2006

Domain technology examples of distance learning workshops 2006

15.08.05 - 18.08.06Telecommunication technologyITU elearningSpanish

06.03.06 - 12.05.06Current and Future Trends of Telecommunications TechnologyITU elearningSpanish

24.04.06 - 19.05.06Optimization of telecommunication networks ITU elearningSpanish

12.06.06 - 07.07.06Broadband network planningITU elearningSpanish

19.06.06 - 21.07.06Security in Information NetworksITU elearningSpanish

Quarter: 3/2006Current and Future Trends of e-learningITU elearningSpanish

07.08.06 - 15.09.06New generation converging public networking ITU elearningSpanish

21.08.06 - 22.09.06Wi-Fi NetworksITU elearningSpanish

28.08.06 - 22.09.06ICTs for sustainable developmentITU elearningEnglish

25.09.06 - 20.10.06Development, planning and analysis of VSAT ITU elearningSpanish

02.10.06 - 10.11.06Digital TV: Technological and Market AspectsITU elearningSpanish

16.10.06 - 10.11.06Application and Data in Cellular Mobile NetworkITU elearningSpanish

Quarter: 3/2006Technology awareness programmeITU elearningEnglish

06.02.06 - 06.03.06NGN DL group 1 - Technical and economical ITU elearningRussian

06.03.06 - 03.04.06NGN DL group 2 - Technical and economical ITU elearningRussian

25.04.06 - 23.05.063G communicationsITU elearningEnglish

Sep/2006Assessing trends in telecom marketITU elearningEnglish

Domain: TechnologyExamples of distance learning workshops (2006)

BDT/HRD CoE-ASP May 2006

The global coe network

The Global CoE Network


Centre of excellence for the americas the caribbean work plan 2006 2008

CoE Programmes and Partners



5 Prog/Partners (tbd)


Technical Awareness

Regulatory IssuesBusiness Management

Rural connectivity

Spectrum management

5 Prog./3 Partners

4 Prog./4 partners








Telecom Policies

New Telecom Techniques

Regulatory Issues

ICT based Business



Policies & Reg. IssuesCorporate ManagementInternet Technologies

Spect Man & Sup.

Strategic ManagementTechnology TrendsRegulatory IssuesSpectrum managementInformation Techn.


The ITU Centre of Excellence Network




5 Prog./4partners

6 Prog./3 partners

Telecom Policies

Regulatory Issues

Business management

New Technologies

IP Awareness

Rural Connectivity

Regulatory Issues

Business management

New Technologies

Spectrum Management

Rural Connectivity






5 Prog./5 partners






Regulatory Issues

Business management

New Technologies

Spectrum Management

Rural Connectivity

CoE Africa


BDT/HRD CoE-ASP May 2006

Current typology of coe training activities results 2005

Current typology of CoE training activities (Results 2005)

BDT/HRD CoE-ASP May 2006

Centre of excellence for the americas the caribbean work plan 2006 2008

CoE Trained Managers

BDT/HRD CoE-ASP May 2006

Thank you for your attention philip cross@itu int jeanclaude faure@itu int

Thank you for your attention!philip.cross@itu.intjeanclaude.faure@itu.int

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