Validation Procedure

A simple traffic light system is used to indicate the validation status of each piece of network infrastructure shown in the map. In order to see the current status of any line on the map, select the ‘Validation Status’ checkbox in the map layers panel. Each transmission line falls under one of the four categories: RED, AMBER, GREEN or PUBLIC. The objective of the validation exercise is to engage network operators and administrations to verify the accuracy and integrity of the data, whilst it remains visible (albeit protected) behind TIES. As the lines are verified, their status will progress from either RED, AMBER or GREEN through to light blue for PUBLIC. For a detailed description of this classification, please scroll to the bottom of this page.

To change validation status

1. Check your network on the map. Go to the ITU Infrastructure Connectivity Map and check the information shown for your network. The map layer called Validation Status indicates whether this network is classified as RED, AMBER, GREEN or PUBLIC (see below). If you click your mouse over any line, the link to the source material used to draw the map appears at the bottom. Click this link to go through to the homepage for that network operator.


2. Confirm or change validation status. At the top of the homepage for each network operator is a called Leave a Reply. Click this in order to open a form through which to submit feedback and Validation information. Please submit a comment in this way, clearly stating either that the current validation status (RED, AMBER, GREEN or PUBLIC) for a network operator is correct, or that it needs to be changed. If it needs be changed, please state (Network Operator) needs to be changed, for example from GREEN to PUBLIC.

3. Authentication and moderation. The only users with access to the ITU Interactive Transmission Map are registered TIES members. In order to authenticate your comment, please identify yourself with your name, title and affiliation. All comments will be moderated by our GIS team, who will change the validation status of this network operator as instructed by you. This change will appear in the map and its underlying database.

4. Clearance for publication. Only those network operators which have been given a validation status of PUBLIC will be made available to be published in the publicly available version of the transmission map.

Red: Information was sourced from a restricted document (for example on TIES), a potentially unreliable publicly available source (such as a third party), may contain information which is confidential or regarded as sensitive by the network operator, and/or is very old and could be out of date (if it is more than 3-5 years old). Information must be validated by network operator or stakeholder to provide clearance that the information is correct, up-to-date, and is not confidential.
Amber: Information was not taken from a publicly available source, may be unreliable because of difficulties reading or interpreting the source material, and/or may be old and out of date. Operator is asked to provide clearance that the information is correct, up-to-date, and is not confidential.
Green: Information was sourced from an authentic, reliable publicly available source (such as a company website, annual report, presentation, or other publication), and has been deliberately put into the public domain by the network operator or administration (it is therefore not confidential). The information is current and correct, and there is no reason why a public version could not be put into the public domain.
Public: Information has been actively checked and validated by stakeholder through the TIES interactive web map platform, specifically granting permission for this information to be put into the public domain.