March 9, 2021, Project BIRD (Global Plan Inc.) nominated for WSIS Prizes for 2021
Feb. 3, 2021, WSIS 2021 Interview (President of Global Plan Inc.)
(1) Globally Deploy the Solution BIRD*
*Broadband Infrastructure for Rural-Area Digitalization
Digital Divide Today
– Feb. 18, 2021, The Pandemic emphasized the digital divide and the internet (UNDP)
– Nov. 30, 2020, How much longer can we tolerate the gap (ITU Sec. Gen.)
– Sept. 23, 2020, Bridging the digital divide is to help achieve the SDGs (UN Sec. Gen.)
– Aug. 23, 2020, Biden’s 3 big ideas to close the digital divide (Education News)
– Jun. 11, 2020, the digital divide is a Matter of Life and Death (UN Sec. General)
– Mar. 2020, Pandemic changing the perception of the digital divide (Washington Post).
– Dec. 2019, 46% of the global population is not using the Internet (ITU).
– Dec. 2019, 5G is WIRED Wireless (CEO of US Telecom)
About the Solution BIRD
“BIRD” is the Global Plan’s extremely cost-effective, all-terrain optical-cable solution that is contributing to global sustainability and equality. It is built on the three new ITU-T Recommendations developed under the editorship of H. Okamura, that expressly targeting to closing the digital divide ;
①affordability-first concept with sustainability, upgradability, and scalability (L.1700)
②lightweight, robust optical cable for all-terrain application (L.110), and
③do-it-yourself (DIY) cable installation surface to underground to air to water (L.163)
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Closing the digital divide (not-for-profit)
The BIRD brings unconnected rural communities within reach of education, healthcare, financial services, and new opportunities to do businesses, and suppressing pandemics. The BIRD also helps advanced countries learn from distant cultures, which have preserved values, traditions, and knowledge now forgotten by many modern societies. The BIRD contributes to achieving many of the SDGs.
The solution BIRD was installed in a mountain village of West Nepal, where an L.110-compatible lightweight robust optical cable was installed in an unexplored jungle in a mountain village of west Nepal in 2019 with the help of the local community in a DIY manner as seen in the photo below.
Using online businesses to affordably, sustainably close the digital divide
Even in the remotest areas beyond difficult terrain and environment, the BIRD makes on-line business practicable such as Remote-Tourism, Remote-Agriculture, Remote-Forestry, Remote-Grazing, and Remote-Mining, where Video Cameras, Drones, Vehicles, Excavators, etc. are used online, realizing healthy/safe labor, low-carbon, nature conservation, pandemic suppression, and speed/cost savings.
Profitable remote online businesses are encouraged to support connecting the unconnected communities on the cable route and, to provide broadband e-services thus bridging the digital divide and achieving many of the SDGs in a cost-effective and DIY manner.
Plans of the Solution BIRD
– 2020-2021 Remote on-line business+ Rural development with ICT in Africa
– 2018-2021 Installation of the Solution BIRD connecting the Mt. Everest Base-Camp (see below)
History of the Solution BIRD
Interview: The Coronavirus Response
– Up to 2020, the feasibility of BIRD confirmed in Nepal & Mongolia
– 2019 Sept. ITU Telecom(Budapest) 2019 →YouTube@ 6’49” go to “SMEs” and then to Special Feature from the ITU-T SMART ABC Pavilion
– 2019 April, “Solution BIRD may stop the Pandemics”→ YouTube @3’28”.
– 2018, Sept., ITU Telecom 2018 (South Africa)→ click the picture
(2) Turn Technologies into ITU and IEC Standards
Global Plan Inc. established in 2003 with a business model “Help turning your technology into Global Standards” for the first time as a private company in Japan. Clients include private Companies/Organizations and Public Sectors/Administrations not only in Japan but also in Asia-Pacific, Africa, and the Americas.
Toward the development and agreement of international standards for the excellent technologies, GP Inc. is ready to help get agreements at ITU and IEC, particularly in the field of ICTs on Trasport and Access, and Fibre Optics by writing, participating in actual meetings, and coordinating discussions, while providing advice for future standardization. GP Inc. also covers information infrastructure, environment, safety, market development in developing countries, etc.
(1) WSIS Panel Discussion (Sept. 2020) moderated by the President of Global Plan Inc. Bridging the digital divide: how ITU-T standards enable installation of optical fibre cable in remote areas.
(2) ex. President of IEC, “Importance of international standardization from the perspective of industry”
(3) Enhance Human Capacity and Service Productivity* (Online During COVID-19)
*Okamura is a vice president of Joy of Work Promotion Association