7b. Spectrum for Mobile Broadband Award

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Category 7 – Government Mobile Excellence Awards

7b. Spectrum for Mobile Broadband Award

The economy of a country and its people benefit when the national regulatory framework stimulates competition and investment, enabling a thriving mobile sector to contribute fully to social and economic development.

Mobile networks can deliver universal broadband across developed and emerging markets, significantly contributing to the socio-economic wellbeing of societies around the world. Mobile broadband could have a particularly positive impact in less-developed countries which have limited fixed line infrastructure. Numerous studies have found the widespread use of broadband stimulates economic activity, increases productivity and creates jobs.

With data traffic on existing mobile broadband networks growing exponentially, governments need to explore short and long term strategies to ensure there is enough spectrum to meet demand. Recognising and implementing policies that use the scarce spectrum resource to benefit all communities – urban and rural.

This award will be presented to the government that demonstrates in 2013-2014 the most transparent and stable long-term spectrum policy roadmap.

The winner will be announced on Monday 24th February 2014 at the Ministerial Programme, part of Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain.

Eligibility:

Entry is open to the governments of all United Nations-recognised countries.

Please note there is no entry fee for this category.

Judging criteria:

Entries for the Spectrum for Mobile Broadband Award will be judged on the following main criteria:

  • Development of regulatory and policy framework that balances government and investor needs
  • Demonstrated vision in the management of spectrum resources
  • Demonstrated good practice in government transparency and public consultation
  • Development and/or implementation of stable long-term spectrum policy
  • Demonstrated cross departmental or organisational collaboration to address challenges

Entry forms, supporting materials & formats:

Category judges will include senior representatives from industry and academia.

If you are referring judges to a website, please refer to one (1) website URL, where specific information relating to your application can be found. Please note judges will not have time to browse websites looking for the information so please do not submit a URL for homepage or an index page; the best possible URL will include specific information about your policies.

The online entry form includes an upload facility for you to provide multimedia content. You can upload five 5 additional files to accompany your application, with a maximum file size of 5MB each. These can be government broadband plans, illustration PDF, JPEG for photos or PowerPoint for technical diagrams or statistics. Please ensure these are relevant to your entry and keep to a maximum of 2 pages.

We encourage you to submit an existing video to support your application. You may provide 1 URL to a video link demonstrating your entry. This should be either privately or publicly posted to YouTube (if a private post, please provide a user name and password for judges to access). The video should be no more than 5 minutes in length.

Specific application form questions for this category:

In addition to submitting contact information, you will be asked to answer 5 questions. A maximum of 1,500 characters (approximately 250 words) including spaces is permitted per question response.

Preview of questions:

  1. What is the name of the government or regulatory organisation submitting your country’s application?
  2. What do you consider to be the key achievement of your organisation in relation to spectrum policy-making in the last year?
  3. Provide an outline of your approach to the long-term planning of spectrum allocation in your country, including policies to ensure sufficient and suitable spectrum.
  4. Describe any steps you have taken in the past year to demonstrate government transparency and public consultation.
  5. Describe any initiatives that have successfully encouraged mobile network investment in your country.
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