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ITU Internet-related resolutions, accepted at Plenipotentiary 2010

Posted by ISOC.BG News on October 31, 2010

The ITU Plenipotentiary conference, which took place in Guadalajara, Mexico in October, accepted several resolutions, related to the Internet.
These are WGPL/8, Resolutions 101, 102, 130, 133. Here they are in one pdf file (219 Kb).

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Internet-related public policy issues at ITU (Bulgarian Internet development)

Posted by ISOC.BG News on October 20, 2010

Bulgaria has sent a document to the ITU, published here, but requiring password for download. Since the document presents interest for the larger audience, we publish it on our blog, so that everyone can use it.

Here’s the beginning of the document, to make you interested in downloading the docx file. You can also download it in .odt format.

1. References: Resolutions 101, 102, 130; document 16/71 at PP-10,

2. Background

A number of documents have been circulated among the ITU members, dealing with Internet-related issues. We would like to focus the attention of the ITU Member States and Sector Members on the question, being raised in the above mentioned documents, mainly the Internet access charges in developing countries. Document 16/71 stipulates that,

“that advances in the global information infrastructure, including the development of Internet Protocol (IP)-based networks and especially the Internet, and future IP developments, continue to be an issue of crucial importance, as an important engine for growth in the world economy in the twenty-first century, even if expectations in terms of the number of Internet users in developing countries have not been met due to high service subscription charges;”

These lines raise the following questions, to which we believe Bulgaria could provide some answers:

– What are the expectations of developing countries in terms of number of Internet users?
– Which developing countries have exactly that expectations?
– What are the reasons for their expectations not being met?
– Are there other reasons, besides the high service subscription charges?

Please, download the the docx file (Microsoft Word 2007) and in the better .odt format (OpenOffice.org).

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Socioeconomic Benefits of Bulgarian Fiber Broadband

Posted by Veni Markovski on October 15, 2010

In September 2009, the Fiber to the Home Council Europe commissioned a study of the Bulgarian fiber market to evaluate the impact of the FTTB offerings in Bulgaria.
The qualitative and quantitative study was undertaken by Yankee Group, in cooperation with Stratix Consulting and ISOC-Bulgaria, between September and December 2009. The present document describes the main results and examines in particular the socioeconomic impacts of FTTB on Bulgarian broadband users.

We believe that the study may be of interest for a wide number of people from the worldwide Internet community.

Executive Summary

The Bulgarian broadband market is atypical in that some of the trends that have been emerging slowly in developed markets over recent decades seem to have played out much faster in Bulgaria. While the country still ranks last in broadband penetration in the EU, the growth in broadband penetration has been strikingly fast in the last few years and has been driven mostly by fiber connectivity. Fifty-five percent of Bulgarian broadband customers enjoy speeds in excess of 10 Mbps, and according to our survey results, approximately 30 percent have fiber to the building (FTTB).
This fast development of FTTB is due in part to the reluctance of incumbent Vivacom to allow any form of unbundling, as well as to the loose regulatory framework around physical network deployment. This has allowed a large number of small entrepreneurs to deploy fiber connectivity to buildings in their own neighborhoods and provide end-users with high-quality connectivity.
To assess the impact of FTTB on socioeconomic well-being in Bulgaria, the Fiber to the Home Council commissioned this study, composed of a quantitative survey administered to over 500 Bulgarian broadband users and complemented by a number of interviews with Bulgarian broadband experts and government officials.
The survey results show that beyond driving broadband availability, FTTB contributes significantly to the well-being of Bulgarian subscribers by providing a higher quality of service.
The survey clearly demonstrates that FTTB users are the most satisfied with their connectivity. Close to 85 percent of FTTB users are satisfied with their broadband, whereas that number is only 75 percent for cable users and 60 percent for DSL users. The differences are even more striking when looking at users who are very satisfied with their connection. Additionally, customers of large FTTB service providers are even more satisfied overall. Also, FTTB users spend more time actually using their broadband, even though the nature of their usage is not significantly different from that of other broadband users.
Connectivity is very important to Bulgarians in their work life: More than 30 percent of employed respondents claim to work from home very often, which suggests that a large proportion of professionals use the Internet as a work tool. A higher proportion of FTTB users work from home often or always (57 percent as opposed to 53 percent), which suggests that FTTB encourages smart working patterns and less commuting. Furthermore, FTTB users attribute more importance to the quality of their broadband when it comes to deciding to work from home.
Another area where broadband affects behavior is in choice of residence, where a majority of Internet users—especially the most experienced ones—state that the quality of available connectivity impacts where they choose to live.
Overall, a majority of Bulgarian Internet users believe that the Internet plays an important role in most aspects of their lives: education, professional occupation, living standard, social life and overall quality of life. Regarding all of these aspects except education, FTTB users rate their quality of life higher than users who don’t have FTTB. This highlights a likely correlation between FTTB and quality of life, especially since FTTB services in Bulgaria are not significantly more expensive than other broadband services and, in some instances, are even cheaper.
This survey establishes a strong connection between fiber broadband and improved quality of life for Internet users in Bulgaria today and suggests that as usage matures, the contribution of fiber broadband to quality of life can only increase.

You can download the full survey here (PDF, 530 Kb)

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Интернет общество – България проведе международен семинар за управление на риска в МСП

Posted by jvelkova on October 7, 2010

На 17 септември в София, в сградата на БТПП на ул. Искър 9 се проведе международен семинар посветен на управлението на риска, с домакин Интернет общество – България и гост лектори от проект „Пандора“, финансиран по програма Леонардо да Винчи на ЕС.

Проект “Пандора” цели да създаде програма за обучение, която да промени отношението на малките и средни предприятия към управлението на риска, както и да се улеснят МСП в справянето с оценката на риска по един отговорен и достъпен начин.

Целта на семинара бе да представи темата за управление на риска в малките и средни предприятия, както и разработените електронни обучителни материали по проекта и тяхното приложение в България.

В рамките на семинара беше представена дейността и проектите на Интенрет общество – България, както и целите и задачите на международното Интенрет общество.

Семинарът се финансира от проект “Пандора” и “Интернет общество“.

МАТЕРИАЛИ:

Семинарът се организира и финансира от Интернет общество България, Европейския проект „Пандора“ със съдействието на международното Интернет общество. Медиен партньор: Project Media.

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