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AseanAffairs Magazine September - October 2011
CONTENT • ASEAN TRAVELLER
• ASEAN MONEY • FEATURED COMPANIES
• ASEAN SECURITY

INSIDE OUT

• ASEAN TECH P

 

 

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By 
Ralf Hundertmark


   
ASEAN ICT

MASTER PLAN ASSESSED



Ralf Hundertmark looks at Asean’s master plan and finds that the details leave him wanting.

>> WHEN I STARTED OUT
PREPARING FOR THIS ARTICLE I THOUGHT THAT INSTEAD OF
FOCUSING ON THE VISIONARY PART OF THE PLAN, I WOULD
LIKE TO DISCUSS THE MORE
CONCRETE PROJECTS, ONLY TO FIND THAT THE PLAN CONSISTED OF MOSTLY INTANGIBLE TARGETS, WITHOUT MUCH DETAIL ON HOW THESE PROJECTS WOULD
OR COULD BE IMPLEMENTED.
<<

In the today’s connected world, ICT technologies in general and the Internet and telecommunications in particular are major transformation drivers. The Internet not only provides vast access to information, but is even more so a clear business enabler. There are studies that show that an increase of 10 percent in Internet connectivity in a particular country can directly be related to a 1.2-1.6 percent increase of its Gross Domestic Product.

In this issue, I will look at the framework and the major initiatives of the Asean ICT Master plan 2015 and provide some insight into what the European Union has done with respect to ICT policies and how the two approaches differ.

When I started out preparing this article I thought that instead of focusing on the visionary part of the plan, I would like to discuss the more concrete projects, only to find that the plan consisted of mostly intangible targets, without much detail on how these projects would or could be implemented. The plan calls on the member nations to “Engage the business community to identify their ICT needs and requirements” or to “Identify relevant e-services to be developed, considering in particular the cost of such e-services and location of the content”.

Toward the end of the plan there is even a section that discusses the implementation of the plan, but also here most key deliverables are softened with words like study, determine or identify. There will be a study carried out on how to lower intra-Asean roaming charges, which is certainly great for regional business, but without proper formulated targets or approaches will most likely not yield any real benefits to the business community.

In my opinion such targets are easy to underwrite but are lacking quantifiable milestones.
 

The few examples I found, which are measurable are that every child in Asean should have broadband access by Year-end 2012. At the same time in 2012 the Asean Internet Exchange Network will be established and one year later the Asean Broadband Corridor will be ready to go..............


The above chart provides a high lever overview of the Asean ICT Master plan, which is made up of three key result areas, the pillars, which are supported by three foundations all to achieve a defined outcome – so far so good.

 

 



 

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