PTC Projects

The PTC Projects initiative provides both members and non-members the opportunity to develop and implement projects that promote the use of telecommunications and ICT to improve the quality of life in the Pacific Hemisphere.

The initiative’s goals are two-fold:


Projects Approved in 2014

Solar Powered Digital Library Kits for Remote Pacific Island Schools

Principal Investigator: Laura Hosman, Assistant Professor, California Polytechnic State University, USA

Partner Organizations: University of the South Pacific, Government of the Republic of Vanuatu, United States Peace Corps, Federated States of Micronesia

This project will help increase literacy and support education in all subject areas by providing access to books, videos, and other valuable educational content through an offline digital library, including content specifically curated for the Pacific Islands.

Two-Way Speech-To-Speech Translator for Disaster Relief

Principal Investigators: Dr. Julie Vonwiller and Chris Vonwiller

Partner Organizations: PTC Australia, RedR Australia, The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering, Open Systems Education Trust, Vonwiller Foundation

This project's goal is to develop and demonstrate proof-of-concept small, hand-held, easy to use devices that are capable of two-way speech-to-speech translation for deployment in emergency situations where the responder does not speak the language used in the disaster region.


Project Approved in 2013

Sustainable Rural Broadband in Palau: A Broadband for Good Project

Principal Investigator: Bruce Baikie, Director, Broadband Initiatives, Inveneo, USA

Partner Organization: Palau National Communications Corporation (PNCC)

This project helped extend broadband Internet access in Palau, one of the world’s most remote countries. Learn more about this project.


Projects Approved in 2012

PISCES Project: Pacific Island Schools Connectivity, Education, & Solar Project

Principal Investigator: Dr. Laura Hosman, Assistant Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA

The PISCES Project brought solar-powered Internet connectivity and laptops to a remotely located school in Chuuk, Micronesia.

A Broadband Bridge for the Disability Divide: What Works and What Does Not

Principal Investigator: Dr. Krishna Jayakar, Associate Professor, College of Communications, The Pennsylvania State University, USA

This project assessed the status of programs and policies that promote broadband access for persons with disabilities in the leading economies of the Asia-Pacific region.


Projects Approved in 2011

Regional Renewable Energy Data Center Assessment Study: Focus on Five Pacific Island Nations

Principal Investigators: Dr. Laura Hosman, Assistant Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA and Bruce Baikie, CEO & Founder, Green Wifi, USA

This study investigated the potential for a new generation of ultra energy efficient data centers to benefit the local economies in Guam and Palau initially and later possibly in Fiji, New Caledonia, and Vanuatu by collecting relevant data, reporting on demand forecast and possible scenarios, and assessing the potential impact for each country.

Telecom Enhancement of e-Learning Networks in the Asia-Pacific.

Principal Investigators: Dr. Mark Chun, Associate Professor and Director, Center for Applied Research, Graziadio School of Business & Management, Pepperdine University, USA and Dr. Charla Griffy-Brown, Associate Professor and Director, Center for Teaching Excellence, Pepperdine University, USA

This research project, which was a joint collaboration that included CPCNet in Hong Kong and six universities across mainland China and Taiwan, investigated how the technologies and resources of telecommunications companies could help corporations in delivering e-learning initiatives (i.e., integrate face-to-face, online, and asynchronous learning) in the Asia-Pacific region.

Spreading Best Practices in Rural Agricultural Information: Lessons of Sichuan for the Asia-Pacific Community

Principal Investigator: Dr. Chun Liu, Associate Professor, Southwest Jiaotong University, People’s Republic of China

This project identified the best practices and lessons Sichuan’s experience offers for rural development in other Asia-Pacific communities or sub-national administrative units.



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