|Topic:||The other side of telecommunications in Ecuador|
|Author:||Jaime Guerrero Ruiz|
|Title:||Minister of Telecommunications & Information Society|
Jaime Guerrero Ruiz is the Minister of Telecommunications and Information Society from April 2010 to the present. Also chairs the National Telecommunications Council , the governing body of the telecommunications market .
Born in the Galapagos October 12, 1960 . Is Electrical Engineer with specialization in Electronics. The above studies were conducted at the Polytechnic School of the Coast ( Repository ) . The secondary was made in the Liceo Naval Guayaquil.
He holds a Degree in Service Management Systems and Telecommunications and has several courses in Management .
Led renegotiations of concessions with mobile operators CONECEL (Claro) and OTECEL (Movistar ) in Ecuador , a process that was described as successful , because a higher tax revenue for the state and quality services for citizens was achieved.
In the “State of the Internet in the third quarter, (Nasdaq: AKAM)” report, published by the specialist content delivery networks Akamai, ranks Ecuador as a leader in Latin America in global average Internet speed, an increase of 53% in respect of 2012. Ecuador became the first country in the region to achieve this goal; while subscribers grew by 16.56%.
In 2007, implementation of public policies in the field of telecommunications led to the development of programs and projects that aim to bring technology to the Ecuadorian citizenship and encourage development of social, economic and productive activities, which is recorded a rapid change in the access to Information Technology and Communication (ICT).
The Ministry of Telecommunications and the Company, through its Community Infocentros program until April 2014, 489 Infocentros installed in different parishes and communities nationwide and one MegaInfocentro, in the parish of Tumbaco. This network of learning centers managed until December 2013, adding 1.6 million visits by citizens to use ICT.
The mission to democratize and universalize access to technology is understood as a commitment to those who do the Technological Revolution in Ecuador. Therefore, from the rector of telecommunications ministry we have promoted programs that reached the remotest parts of the Sierra, Costa, Amazon and Insular Region.
For the Ecuadorian today, it’s easy to access the Internet, you only need to attend one of the Community Infocentros free and you can write a text, hold a conversation for any social network or participate in a videoconference real time, from anywhere in the world.
With the Mobile Classrooms program, from 2010 to December 2013 to 380,884 Ecuadorians sensitize technologically poor and visited 2,668 rural and urban areas.
These actions have caused in the Ecuadorian citizens greater opportunity to acquire knowledge and be part of development is sought in Ecuador.
From the area of telecommunications, is also working to consolidate the Good Life, providing the people of small towns the same opportunities that are in the main cities, it gives way to equality of opportunity and achievement goals occurs raised from the public service.
The contribution to education from the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Society is essential to strengthen the teaching-learning process. Until the end of 2013, Ecuador had taken over 7,439 educational institutions with connectivity. Before 2007, there was none.
During the past year, activities were streamlined data transmission through increased coverage of optical fiber. In 2006, Ecuador had 3,500 kilometers of optical fiber. Today, we have 35,111 kilometers, which shows significant growth. The need to communicate effectively, requires better services to Ecuadorian citizenship are presented, so that in 2013 over 96,000 new lines of fixed telephone subscribers were delivered, representing an increase of 4.2% from 2012.
The steady growth of the number of active subscriber lines Advanced Mobile Services, which in December 2013 recorded a total number of 17,541,754, in a population of about 15,000.000 inhabitants, led analytical work in service offer; ie, a process was initiated to set new quality standards that enable protect the interests of users.
One of the most significant achievements of the Government of the Citizen Revolution in the field of telecommunications, is the position that Ecuador is in the use of broadband Internet. In the “State of the Internet in the third quarter, (Nasdaq: AKAM)” report, published by the specialist content delivery networks Akamai, ranks Ecuador as a leader in Latin America in global average Internet speed, an increase of 53% in respect of 2012. Ecuador became the first country in the region to achieve this goal; while subscribers grew by 16.56%.
The way we live now would have been considered a myth in previous governments, since, although there was notable access to telecommunications services from commercial and public places, it came at a high cost, access to the Internet was even considered a privilege, but this is now past. Since, from the Government of the Citizen Revolution, the democratization of technology and the inclusion of the population in learning processes of ICT promoted, favoring education, improved living standards, productivity and conditions social of all Ecuadorian population, which increasingly has more services and information technology.
The new model of economic development is framed in exchange for a production model based on finite to infinite resources. Therefore, the development of ICT is essential to achieve this change, especially the increase in the penetration and use of broadband in its aspects of public policy, regulation and infrastructure deployment that are strategic elements of the Government contribution of Ecuador, in order to reduce the digital divide and moving towards increased economic growth, productivity, employment and social inclusion.
As a Government we reaffirm our commitment to continue delivering quality telecommunications services and to further implement public policies for the benefit of citizens to consolidate the Digital Ecuador.