INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES SUPPOR PROGRAM (TICAF)

The TICAF program is aimed at preparing the countries of the region to meet the challenges of information on society and the sustainable development in the 21st century, making maximum use of new information and communication technologies (TIC).

TICAF develops regional studies of available telecommunications infrastructure, as well as software applications and industries that are generated in the region, in order to contribute to their continued development and internationalization.

The program also identifies new business opportunities in state-of-the-art telecommunications technologies that are created by developing countries, such as satellite and radar design and operation technologies. The goal is to provide the countries with financial and technical support to help them break down the barriers that keep them from entering the regional markets.

To create synergies for transportation and energy infrastructure, TICAF implements the concept of roads built with fiber optic cable, which introduces savings in construction costs and operations by such pipelines in all roads or power line construction. This offers remote settlements not only roads and electricity, but also connectivity capable of providing universal access (voice, Internet and digital TV).

Through this program, and inspired by the principle of universal access, the Institution has initiated pilot projects in telemedicine and long distance education in rural areas of Bolivia and Ecuador  with encouraging results, thus improving the quality of life of thousands of families in the Andean highlands.

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