Telecoms, networks vital in response to COVID-19

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has launched a Global Network Resiliency Platform (#REG4COVID) to assist national policy-makers, regulators and industry stakeholders to ensure that networks are kept resilient and telecommunications services are available to the maximum extent during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
In a statement released by the organisation, ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao said never before have telecommunication networks been so vital to health and safety, and to keep economies and society working.

“… as during the COVID-19 crisis we are living through today. As a result, I have instructed my team to leverage without any delay ITU's existing regulatory and policy-maker platform to help countries and industry cope with the increasing stress being put on global networks. At stake is our ability, as one human family, to give health workers everywhere the tools they need to carry out their duties, to allow all those that can to work from home, to trade online, to ensure that hundreds of millions of children and young people keep up with their studies, and to keep in touch with loved ones, wherever they are.”
 
According to the ITU, the platform will collect relevant and credible information on actions those within the telecommunications ecosystem can take to ensure uptime and reliability of their networks.

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