Sharing Information and Communications Technology

  • ICT infrastructure refers to the type of network through which telecommunication is conveyed, while ICT services refer to any form of signal or data transmission by means of a telecommunication network by a telecommunication company.
  • Broadband refers to the medium of wide bandwidth which can facilitate high-speed data transmission of multiple data signals simultaneously. 
  • The benefit of ICT can be through better logistics, allowing virtual operations, ore grade optimization, and better exploration analyses.
  • By capitalizing on the extractive industry’s demand for ICT services and potential investment in ICT infrastructure, it is possible to develop the national ICT infrastructure and increase coverage in remote areas where extractive companies tend to operate. 

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Topic Briefing

The shared use of information and communication technologies (ICT) infrastructure refers to leveraging the extractive industry project’s demand for ICT infrastructure and sometimes its own investment in ICT to create more robust national infrastructure. Another benefit that can be derived from the shared use of ICT infrastructure is enabled access to ICT for communities living in remote areas.

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More precisely, ICT infrastructure refers to the types of network – such as telecommunications towers, antennae, and fiber optic cable networks through which telecommunication is conveyed – while ICT services refers to any form of signal or data transmission by means of a telecommunication network by a telecommunication company (e.g. wireless signals, telephone services, broadcasting).  Broadband refers to the medium of wide bandwidth which can facilitate high-speed data transmission of multiple data signals simultaneously. Broadband technology can be used across a large range of frequencies and data types.

ICT infrastructure is employed in all phases of an extractive industry project life because it increases efficiency and improves cost savings for the extractive company. The benefit of ICT can be through better logistics, allowing virtual operations, ore grade optimization, and better exploration analyses. With the advent of automation, the use of ICT infrastructure is increasing, given the need to remotely control semi-automated or fully automated equipment. The contribution of ICT to national development is widely recognized. However, estimates suggest that 3.9 billion people around the world are still unconnected, primarily in developing countries.

By capitalizing on the extractive industry’s demand for ICT services and potential investment in ICT infrastructure, it is possible to develop the national ICT infrastructure and increase coverage in remote areas where extractive companies tend to operate. Effective coordination could even result in extractive industry operations benefiting from considerable cost-savings.