BASS (Bandwidth and Signal Statistics) shared its story with the United Nation’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) at the panel discussion on “Crowdsourcing ICT data”. The panel was held at the Cesar Amphi in Medina, Hammamet, Tunisia.
Other panelists in the discussion included Mr Christopher Amin and Bjorn Forsell. MsKhoptsoMtwazi moderated the event.
Chris Amin is the Senior Software Engineer, Research and Developent, for the Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC). It is the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia. It is headquartered in Amsterdam.
Bjorn Forsell is the statistician for Statistics Sweden. Statistics Sweden’s main task is to “supply users and customers with statistics for decision making, debate and research.”
MsKhopotsoMtwazi is thedirector Department of Telecommunications and Postal Service of South Africa
The presentation can be viewed here: https://www.facebook.com/chua.jane/videos/10210336065658124/
Project BASS (Bandwidth and Signal Statistics) is a mobile application that collects users’ internet bandwidth and mobile signal strength data. This enables the crowdsourced data to help drive themuch-needed policy reforms and regulationsfor improved internet service in the Philippines.While started in the Philippines, BASS now sees measures coming from other parts of the world as well. In the future, this data will enable cross country comparisons as well.
Why ICT is important
Studies by the World Bank and ITU have shown a direct correlation between ICT usage and reduction of poverty. BASS aims to be a tool for Government regulators to help drive improvements in ICT usage and thus help alleviate poverty.
Background of the event
The panel discussion on “Crowdsourcing ICT data” was part of a larger event called WTIS2017. The World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium (WTIS) was first held in 1996 and has evolved to become the main global forum for telecommunication and information society measurements. It brings together delegates from all over the world. The event this year was attended by 96 countries and 556 delegates.