MTI unveils National ICT Eco-System Framework

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Given the criticality of ICT (Information & Communication Technology) to a Nation’s Economic Development, MTI has unveiled a National ICT Eco-System Framework. The strategic intent is to provide a holistic framework for nationally strategic ICT decisions, which otherwise tends to suffer from ‘silo’ based, sub-optimal initiatives.

Given the pervasive nature of ICT,  it is important to take a holistic perspective of the entire ICT eco-system of a country. This would be the most effective way of critiquing the current state of ICT in a country. MTI’s National ICT Eco-system Model (graphically illustrated below) can be used as the framework to assess and critique country’s current state of ICT.  This will also enable a country to assess how international trade agreements will benefit the country – vis-à-vis alternate routes to achieving the end result.

MTI’s National ICT Eco-system models is based on:

  • 4 Verticals i.e. Consumption, Devices, Connectivity and Life Applications.
  • 7 Enablers i.e. Policies, Regulatory, Security, Institutional Framework, Enabling Infrastructure, Human Capital and Investment Climate.
  • 3 Value Chain Components i.e. R&D, Components and Manufacturing / Development.
  • Augmented with a Device to Connectivity Enabler (i.e. Network Devices) and Connectivity to Life Applications Enabler (i.e. OTT Applications).

The Models starts with assessing how ICT is ‘consumed’ in a country (in terms of primary, secondary and integrated demand) and the device types used for ICT ‘consumption’. The country specific challenges in terms of acquiring, funding (affordability) and usage (contents) the devices will be explored at this stage. The next phase studies how the Devices are connected to a multitude of Life Applications. In doing so, the different forms of connectivity infrastructures, from Spectrum to Fiber Optics is studied. Devices and Connectivity will require the Research, Development and Manufacturing of the Hardware and Software.

Enabling the 4 Verticals will be the National Enablers – given that all 7 of these Enablers (impacting horizontally across the entire eco-system) are key drivers of the state of ICT in a country. Therefore, the enabling role that is expected from the Government.

MTI Consulting is an internationally-networked boutique management consultancy – enabling clients to ‘Analyze > Strategize > Realize’ effective outcomes. Our practices cover Strategy, Operations, Corporate Finance Digital & Analytics. In the last 25 years, we have carried out 680 projects across 49 countries – covering diverse industries, businesses and challenges.

Photos: MTI’s Thought Leadership Team comprising CEO Hilmy Cader and Regional Consultants Darshan Singh and Subash Bidare

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