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Communications forum debates regulation challenges

Fri, 13 Mar 2020 10:21 - Updated Sun, 15 Mar 2020 13:47

Luanda - The minister of Telecommunications and Information Technologies, José Carvalho da Rocha, launched last Thursday, in Luanda, the challenge of completing the digital agenda of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) and reducing the digital divide, aiming at providing quality services at prices more accessible to citizens.

The minister, who was speaking at the opening of the 11th forum of Regulatory Authorities for Electronic Communications (ARCTEL) of the CPLP, which takes place in Luanda, said that it serves to tune up strategies and decide the direction of this activity in the community.

The meeting, happening in Luanda and which is set to close this Friday, discusses current issues, such as the arrival of 5G networks and Internet of Things, new business models and cyber security.

The official stressed that “the Executive has been promoting the liberalization of the sector, public and private investment and the construction of infrastructures”.

On his turn, the ARCTEL's secretary general, Francisco Chavate, stated that the consultative and reflection forum aims to affirm itself as an open and participatory debate space on the perspectives of the sector in Portuguese-speaking countries.

The regulation of the digital society must respond to the challenges of connectivity, technological development, having as the maximum exponent, the protection of the consumer, he reinforced.

The CEO of the Angolan Communications Institute (INACOM), Leonel Augusto, as a regulatory authority, drew attention to the responsible use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).

“Digital is a double-edged sword. Although it is used to cut the cake, it has also been used to hurt and cause serious damage to society”, he said.

Organized by INACOM, in partnership with ARCTEL, the eleventh CPLP communications forum serves to share experiences between regulators, operators, universities and civil society.