Government Push for National ICT4D in Ecuador

Ecuadorian National ICT Resources

  1. National ICT Policy/Plan/Strategy

This article discusses Ecuador’s National ICT plan when ICT discussion became prevalent in 2007 some years after the 1999 financial banking crisis. However, it takes a very theoretical approach to ICT policy without very specific information on how this national policy will be organized for implementation. This plan was written in part by the following organizations:

CONATEL (National Council for Telecommunications)

SENATEL  (National Secretary for Telecommunications)

Last Updated: 2007     Language: Spanish

CONATEL, National Strategy for Electronic Government

Public Google Document   Language: Spanish

2. Government Website/Webpage

National Plan for Universal Access and Digital Readiness, On-line Government and Broadband Development          Last Updated: 2/21/13      Language: Spanish

3. External (non-government) Resources

GISWatch serves as a compilation of various reports including the original CONATEL “Libro Blanco” or White Paper on Developing Ecuador’s Information Society.

  • Other ICT Policy Reports Included:

GIT “Report 2012: Living in a Hyperconnected World

International Telecommunication Union 2012 “Measuring the Information Society

4. Notes on Research Process

Although it was initially difficult for me to find ICT policy work or even statistics, I found that there is plenty of information available if searched in Spanish. In doing so I was able to find a number of Spanish government documents since Ecuador especially has multiple government organizations working in telecommunications. Although this does mean that there is duplication and overlap of work, it does provide researchers with a number of resources to choose from including MINTEL, CONATEL, SENATEL, CONARTEL and SUPTEL. Additionally, I would highly recommend a strong knowledge of Spanish in order to navigate the many government documents available on Ecuador’s National ICT Policy.

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