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August 25, 2022

During a three-day workshop, regulatory and technological approaches to reduce the digital gap, mainly in rural areas, were shared.

The Embassy in partnership with the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MTC) and the U.S. Trade Law Development Program organized a workshop to discuss regulatory approaches to bridge the digital gap and implement networks of resilient wireless communications for 5G technology.

Held from August 22 to 24, the workshop brought together government and private sector leaders from the United States, Peru, Australia, Bolivia, and Ecuador to discuss their efforts to advance broadband connectivity and bridge the digital gap. Interested parties also discussed the benefits of a diverse and competitive market in the transition to 5G and the importance of open and interoperable telecommunications networks.

The Deputy Minister of Communications of the Ministry of Transports and Communications, Víctor Álvarez Herrera, mentioned that broadband Internet is the fundamental basis for the development of information and communication technologies, as well as the transformation towards a digital society and economy.

In that sense, he added that the government’s approach is to promote greater coverage, especially rural, to close the digital gap, thus generating a positive socioeconomic impact in the country.

For his part, the Embassy’s Counselor for Economic Affairs, John Barrett, stated that “connecting Peruvians – and more people in the region – who live in rural areas to the Internet will make a real difference in their lives: improving their health and education, providing greater opportunities for entrepreneurial and small business development, and ultimately unlocking the true potential of our economies.”

Under the auspices of the Digital Connectivity and Cybersecurity Partnership (DCCP), the workshop advanced the conversation on the effective use of the universal service fund, best practices in broadband regulation, and expanding 5G provider security and the diversity of providers.

The Rural Broadband Connectivity Workshop boosted Peru’s efforts to reform legal frameworks to encourage the deployment of secure and interoperable 5G networks. The workshop also encouraged regional and global cooperation in a critical sector to drive economic growth in the region and beyond. This event also laid the groundwork for future collaboration between governments on network security and provider diversity, which are critical components for the universal deployment of broadband services.

Funding for this commitment was made possible by the DCCP, a multi-year approach by the U.S. government to foster an open and competitive internet, secure 5G networks, and promote safe and responsible business opportunities in countries around the world.