ITU platform to protect networks during Covid-19

By and on 25 March, 2020

The UN’s agency for ICT technologies has launched a global platform to protect telecommunications during the Covid-19 crisis.

As the developed world convulses into lockdown to try to contain the spread of novel coronavirus 2019, network and communications infrastructure has been suddenly inundated with exponentially greater throughput volumes and hence, stress.

The International Telecommunications Union has launched the Global Network Resiliency Platform in order to help maintain uptime to the extent possible.

According to a statement made on March 23, the platform aims to assist policymakers, regulators and industry stakeholders internationally to maintain network resilience by sharing best practices put in place during the Covid-19 crisis.

‘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,’ the statement reads.

‘This new ITU platform will provide countries struggling to find appropriate solutions to ensure their networks’ resiliency with relevant and trustworthy information and expertise on how to cope with the stresses faced by their infrastructure. And because time is of the essence, it will give those countries that still have time to prepare an opportunity to learn from what is being done elsewhere – from emergency spectrum reassignments to guidelines for consumers on responsible use.’

The brand-spanking-new #REG4COVID platform can be accessed here

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