RéCATIC, African ICT Consumer Network, is a grouping of associations for ICT users across the African Continent. Founded in October 2008 in Cotonou, Benin, its objectives are: to collaborate with Governments, regulators, operators, equipment manufacturers, and international organizations; to develop ICTs in Africa; to serve as an interface between the consumer and Government in order to improve policy and regulation; to educate consumers and to strengthen the capacity of its members in supporting effective ICT regulation in Africa. RéCATIC joined ITU in April 2010. Its permanent secretariat is based in Cotonou and coordinates representation from the sub-regions: Northern, Western, Southern, and Central East Africa.
Le RéCATIC est le Réseau des Consommateurs Africains des TIC, premier regroupement à l’échelle continentale des associations des usagers finals des services des télécommunications et des technologies de l’information et de la communication. Il est créé en octobre 2008 à Cotonou au Bénin par une vingtaine d’organisations africaines. Il a pour principaux objectifs - d’œuvrer en collaboration avec les Etats, les régulateurs, les opérateurs, les équipementiers et les organisations régionales et internationales, pour le développement des télécommunications e (read more ...)
ATU is the first inter-governmental organisation dedicated to fostering ICT infrastructure development in Africa's search for prosperity. The Union has a mission to promote rapid development of info-communication in Africa to achieve universal access and service as well as full interconnectivity among countries. Its vision is to be a full and active participant in the global information and knowledge society. ATU has been an active Sector Member of ITU-D activities. ATU experience as an ITU-D Sector Member, is the ability to learn from the experiences of other regions and the great assistance from ITU-D in the organisation of regional conferences.
African Union (AU) was created on by the Sirte Declaration calling for the establishment of an African Union, to enable it play its rightful role in the global economy while addressing multifaceted social, economic and political problems. The main objectives of the OAU were, inter alia, to rid the continent of the remaining vestiges of colonization and apartheid; to promote unity and solidarity among African States; to coordinate and intensify cooperation for development; to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Member States and to promote international cooperation within the framework of the United Nations.
L’Union Africaine de Radiodiffusion (UAR) à étè crée le 30 octobre 2006 pendant la 43ème et dernière session de l'Assemblée Générale de l'Union de Radiodiffusions et Télévisions Nationales d’Afrique (URTNA) à Abuja, Nigéria du 30 Octobre 2006 qui a été transformée en une Union nouvelle appelée Union Africaine de Radiodiffusion (UAR). UAR a pour objectif de faire une Union Africaine de Radiodiffusion ouverte à la diaspora et qui contribue à l’enrichissement de la qualité de vie des africains et projette la vraie image de l’Afrique.
AfriNIC, the Region Internet Registry (RIR) for the African region, is headquartered in Cyber City, Ebene, Mauritius, and is a non-governmental and not-for-profit membership based organisation. Our primary responsabilies are distributing and managing IP addresses and related resources. There are a total of five RIRs world-wide, sharing the same mission but covering different regions. AfriNIC is member of the Number Resources Organization (NRO). For additional information, access: www.afrinic.net. Key services: Distribution and Management of Internet Protocol Adresses, Distribution and Management of Autonomous Numbers, Oversight on Policy Development and Implementation, Training and other educational opportunities, Public Whois database for IP resource Registration. Our key stakeholders: Staff, Board Members, Members, Technical Community, National Regulators, Government, Academia, Private Sector, Telecoms, Civil Society, and related organizations.
L’Agence pour la Promotion de l’Accès Universel aux Services régulés et de base (APAUS) a été créée par ordonnance n° 2001 du 27 juin 2001.L’APAUS a pour objectif statutaire garantir à l’ensemble des populations de Mauritanie (notamment des plus démunies et défavorisées) l’accès permanent à l’eau potable, à l’électricité et aux télécommunications. Il s’agit ainsi, de développer le partenariat public-privé (PPP) pour la fourniture des services publics dans le contexte actuel de Réforme des secteurs d’Infrastructures. L’Agence est chargée par l’Etat de mettre en œuvre la Stratégie nationale d’Accès Universel. Cette dernière vise une généralisation progressive des services essentiels au développement économique et au bien-être social.
The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) is the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Canada, many Caribbean and North Atlantic islands, and the United States. ARIN manages the distribution of Internet number resources, including IPv4 and IPv6 address space and AS numbers. ARIN opened its doors for business on December 22, 1997. ARIN is a nonprofit corporation with headquarters in Chantilly, Virginia, USA
"Apprenticeship Without Boarders (AWB) is a non-profit organisation actively engaged in development cooperation. It works for the recognition of education by apprenticeship at an international level, through the settlement of multifunctional apprenticeship centres (that proposes training in different areas). Its desire is to enable young unprivileged people to have a good professional education through apprenticeship so that they can find an enhancive job and by that become autonomous. In 2005, AWB joined the family of NGOs; in June 2010, it was accepted at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) as an observer with a special status. Since 2012, it is a member of the Telecommunication Development Bureau of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). It also is a member of Swissfunraising and is currently in a process of accreditation for the Zewo label."
The Arab Academy for Science and Technology and Maritime Transport (also known as AASTMT or AAST) is an organization specialized in Science and Technology and Maritime Transport. Over the past years, the academy, which started as a regional maritime academy has received a worldwide recognition. This is due to its important contribution to the international maritime world and in particular to Egypt and African countries. The AASTMT started as a notion in the Arab League Transport Committee's meetings on 11th of March, 1970. By the end of 1971, the United Nations delegated a joint committee of its concerned organizations to study the region's need for this project. Then, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) approved of funding 3.2 million dollars on the condition that the participant Arab countries contribute a sum of 8.25 million Egyptian pounds during a period of five years. Moreover, after visiting many of the region's countries, the committee chose the city of Alexandria, known for its great cultural legacy, as a location because of its important geographical location, which is in the middle of the whole Arab region.
The Arab ICT Organization (AICTO) is an Arab governmental organization working under the aegis of the league of Arab States.
Activities : Scope : The Arab Strategy for ICTs - building the Information Society to 2012 & The WSIS recommendations. • Disseminating information about Arab ICT solutions, innovations and software, • Promoting R&D throughout the Arab region, • Organizing thematic exhibitions and events (training sessions workshops, conferences, ..) • Fostering experience share amongst Arab experts. Implementation Mechanism: Working groups composed of Aicto Associate Members. Membership : • Member States Arab countries members of the League of Arab States • Associate Members - Private and public companies active in the ICT sector in Arab countries, - Civil society • Honor Members
The "Arab Private Broadcasting Union" is an Arab regional organization that has a legal personality and competence to conduct its business and attain its purposes. It shall be administratively and financially independent as defined by its Articles of Association based on the following:
Union shall bring together all private broadcasting companies, represent them before all official and unofficial authorities, defend their rights and interests and those of their announcers, reporters and all other personnel, and confirm their rights of thought, creativity, freedom of expression and constructive criticism in no deviation from the values, principles and rules of conduct.
The Union also seeks to establish an integrated, cooperative and coordinated relationship among the broadcasting companies in a positive competitive atmosphere that would enable them to challenge the intellectual invasion that targets our Arabian values and identity.
The Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU), founded in 1969, is an Arab joint-action institution related to the League of Arab States and the Pan-Arab Association of Public Service and Commercial Broadcasters based in Tunis. The ASBU is a professional organization, established in Khartoum, with the objective of strengthening ties and promoting cooperation among broadcasters in the Arab States for better production and content development. ASBU provides important services such as engineering and consulting services, radio and television exchange of news, programming and sports, as well as radio and TV training.
APNIC is one of five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) charged with ensuring the fair distribution and responsible management of IP addresses and related resources. These resources are required for the stable and reliable operation of the global Internet. APNIC is an open, membership-based, not-for-profit organization. As part of this service, the APNIC Secretariat is responsible for maintaining the public APNIC Whois Database and managing reverse DNS zone delegations. APNIC also provides forums for bottom-up policy development through an open process of consultation and consensus.APNIC is also actively involved in the development of Internet infrastructure throughout the region. This includes providing training and education services, supporting technical activities such as root server deployments, and collaborating with other regional and international organizations.
The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) is a non-profit, non-government, professional association of broadcasting organisations, formed in 1964 to facilitate the development of broadcasting in the Asia-Pacific region. It provides a forum for promoting the collective interests of television and radio broadcasters, and engages in activities to encourage regional and international cooperation between broadcasters. It currently has nearly 200 members in 58 countries, with its broadcaster members reaching a potential audience of about 3 billion people.
The ABU is the third largest of the world's eight broadcasting unions, but covers the largest geographic area of the world.
The ABU works closely with the other regional broadcasting unions, and with many other international organisations, on matters of common concern. For more information, please visit www.abu.org.my
The Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD), established in 1977 under the auspices of UNESCO, is a unique regional inter-governmental organization servicing countries of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) in the field of electronic media development. It is hosted by the Government of Malaysia and the secretariat is located in Kuala Lumpur. The AIBD is mandated to achieve a vibrant and cohesive electronic media environment in The Asia-Pacific region through policy and resource development. The Institute enjoys a membership of 26 countries, 94 affiliates and 58 partners in Asia, Pacific, Europe and North America as of December 2010.
The Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) is a leading intergovernmental organisation for the development of telecommunications and ICT in the Asia-Pacific region. APT was established by ESCAP and ITU in July 1979 with the objective to promote the development of telecommunications and ICT services in the Asia-Pacific region, with particular emphasis on the developing countries. APT facilitates and supports regional cooperation by engaging decision-makers in government, business and other sectors in the development and implementation of policies that are beneficial to the telecommunication and ICT sectors in the region. Currently, the APT has a strength of 34 Full Members, 4 Associate Members and 120 Affiliate Members. The headquarters of the APT is located in Bangkok. Further information about APT is available at APT website, www.apt.int.
Asociación de Reguladores Administrador del Foro Latinoamericano de Entes Reguladores de Telecomunicaciones, REGULATEL, fue constituido, con el propósito de fomentar la cooperación y coordinación de esfuerzos y promover el desarrollo de las telecomunicaciones en América Latina. Este foro está conformado por veinte entes reguladores de América Latina: Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, República Dominicana, Uruguay, Venezuela, y tres de Europa: España, Portugal e Italia. En este sitio se busca lograr de una manera efectiva, y acorde con los últimos adelantos de comunicación e interacción de Internet, un verdadero canal de comunicación y promoción de nuestros objetivos. Además, intenta manifestar el convencimiento de sus miembros de que las telecomunicaciones constituyen un poderoso instrumento para la promoción e integración entre los pueblos de la región.
ACIST – Portuguese Communications Business Association – represents 150 small and medium business clusters operating in the following areas: infrastructures, telecommunications, ICTs and multimedia. ACIST gathers more than 90% of the Portuguese enterprises that fit this economic profile. It is the only association of its kind in Portugal.
ACIST is represented at ANACOM’s Advisory Board, the representative of the communications sector in Portugal, and participates in several workgroups and specialised committees in the field, namely in association with the Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Communications, towards the development and implementation of the NGNs in Portugal.
A credible interlocutor and social partner for the enterprises it represents, ACIST acts as a dynamic motor in their negotiating power, business and structural strengthening, and in promoting regular updates in the ICT sector, enabling them to compete with market rivals.
Since 2008, ACIST has expanded its area of performance by launching a strategy to internationalise its services, making it a goal to follow closely and in constant dynamic the development of the sector in the Portuguese speaking countries.
The Caribbean Association of National Telecommunication Organizations (CANTO) was founded in 1985 as a nonprofit association of telephone operating companies in the Caribbean. This initiative marked the first time that Caribbean Operating companies had come together to address independently a wide array of telecommunication issues of mutual concern. CANTO’s objective, then and now, is to establish a forum through which Caribbean Telecommunication Organizations may exchange information and expertise pertaining to the telecommunications field, generate inputs for orderly growth of the sectors, formulate policy and consider matters of mutual interest to its members. Over the past twenty six years our membership has grown from eight members in eight countries in 1985 to 111 in 31 countries in 2009.
In 1989, the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) was established in Nassau, The Bahamas by the Heads of CARICOM Governments in an atmosphere of cautiousness about setting-up new organizations. In 1990, the Organization established its Headquarters in Barbados, on agreement with that Government, but it was relocated to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, where it continues to function in accordance with the terms of a Headquarters Agreement, dated April 8, 1993. At the time of the establishment of CTU, the role played by the operator-group, CANTO, and Technical Assistance by the International Telecommunication Union, was already of significant value. CTU has a multi-stakeholder membership that includes CARICOM states, non-CARICOM states, private sector organizations and non-governmental agencies.
Le Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches des Télécommunications (CERT)créé par la en 1988, le Centre d'Etudes et de Recherche des Télécommunications (CERT), a démarré ses activités en février 1991. Etablissement placé sous la tutelle du Ministère des Technologies de la Communication, le CERT participe au développement du secteur des télécommunications en Tunisie et au soutien des activités des grands acteurs de télécommunication à l’instar de la Poste Tunisienne, de l’Office National des Télécommunications (Tunisie Télécom), l’Office National de Télédiffusion et l’Agence Tunisienne de l’Internet. Le CERT s’est investi dans plusieurs créneaux du secteur des télécommunications, à la fois stratégiques et innovants.
The Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (Cedare), established in 1992, is an international inter-governmental organization, with diplomatic status. The Centre's mission is to provide leadership and advocate sound governance for environmental protection. The Centre' specific priorities for action include: water resources management, land resources, knowledge management and information technology applications, and the interrelated issues of markets, business and the environment. Cedare’s global partner base includes governments, universities, international organizations, NGO’s, media, private sector, and civil society. Cedare contributes to the establishment of a number of regional environment and information networks.
About CTO: With a history dating back to 1901, the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) is an international development partnership between the Commonwealth and non-Commonwealth governments, businesses and civil society organisations. CTO provides the international community with effective means to help bridge the digital divide and achieve social and economic development, by delivering to developing countries unique knowledge-sharing programmes, events and conferences in the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).
With its headquarters in London and recipient members based in Europe, the Caribbean, Americas, Africa and Asia-Pacific regions, CTO has been at the centre of continuous and extensive international communications development funding, co-operation and assistance programmes. CTO’s mission is to reduce global poverty and its development agenda reflects the development challenge set in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The CTO also provides professional training and capacity building programmes through its Programme for Development and Training (PDT) and iLearn initiatives, and is the trusted partner of policy makers, regulators, donor agencies, operators, technology and equipment manufacturers f (read more ...)
Concero Connect. L3C delivers radically affordable broadband connectivity to the underprivileged and underserved in emerging nations. Working with local and international partners, Concero Connect will enable access to telecommunications, education, healthcare, government and financial services. Inspired by principles set forth by Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Muhammad Yunus, and established as an L3C company, Concero Connect’s main purpose is to serve its social mission in a financially sustainable manner. By taking a holistic view of the financial and social ecosystem, this company seeks beneficial outcomes for the individuals and groups involved in, or affected by its work.
The Consortium for the Actions in Support of the Promotion and Development of Africa (CAPDA) is an NGO based in Cameroon created for educating young people, women and artisans / promoters of micro projects and local actors for a collective awareness development in urban and rural areas through individual and collective initiatives to eradicate hunger, poverty and misery in their living environment. It aims at providing communities with a variety of information on prospects and opportunities and with a framework for consultation, exchange of experiences and information on alternative solutions to development problems.
Continua Health Alliance is an international not-for-profit industry organization enabling end-to-end, plug-and-play connectivity of personal health devices and services. These services will empower information-driven health self-management and facilitate the incorporation of health and wellness into the day-to-day lives of consumers. Continua is a pioneer in establishing standards-based guidelines and security for connected health technologies such as smartphones, gateways and remote monitoring devices through its Guideline releases. The Alliance’s activities include a certification and brand support program, events and collaborations to support technology and clinical innovation, and outreach to employers, payers, governments and care providers. With nearly 220 member companies reaching across the globe, Continua is comprised of technology, medical device and healthcare industry leaders and service providers dedicated to making personal connected health a reality.
The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (CCASG;), also known as the Gulf Cooperation Council, (GCC) is a political and economic union of the Arab states bordering the Persian Gulf and constituting the Arabian Peninsula, namely Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates. On May 10, 2011, a request by Jordan to join the GCC was formally being considered and Morocco was invited to join the council. The GCC Charter states that the basic objectives are to effect coordination, integration and inter-connection between Member States in different fields.
The Daisy Consortium embraces the principles of collaboration and transparency that define open standards development. With its member organizations literally spanning the globe, the DAISY Consortium is able to build project teams of talented administrators, software architects, and implementers that are representative of the global population served by the DAISY multimedia standard. Collaborative efforts result in accessible standards and systems that reflect the needs of persons with disabilities, while providing the richest reading experience for the whole population. More information about the DAISY Consortium and the DAISY multimedia Standard is available at http://www.daisy.org/.
Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) is a leading international social enterprise headquartered in Ottawa, Canada with local operations around the globe. Harnessing the power of youth, we transform young people (DOT Interns) into leaders of change as they facilitate technology, business, and entrepreneurial learning experiences to people in their own communities. Our unique youth-led programs empower people living in communities that are developing, in transition, or under stress with the confidence to use technology for entrepreneurial, community, educational, and personal development. Launched in 2002, DOT has mobilized the talent and energy of over 4,000 Interns worldwide - a powerful force for change. The impact of DOT's programs has reached 1 million people in communities and schools around the world helping them to develop an entrepreneurial spirit and technology and business skills that will last a lifetime.
Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) is the global open digital broadcasting system for broadcasting bands up to 174 MHz (covering LW, SW, MW and bands I/II). DRM30, used for long distance broadcasting and the well established part of the standard, offers near-FM sound quality plus the ease-of-use that comes from digital transmissions, combined with low power consumption. DRM+ operates in higher frequencies between 30 and 174MHz and uses the same audio coding, data services, multiplexing and signalling schemes as DRM30 and also offers CD-quality audio and surround-sound. In the few years since its inception, DRM has expanded into an international consortium of broadcasters, manufacturers, and network operators, research institutions, broadcasting unions, regulatory bodies and NGOs. DRM´s membership is global in scope, with members from countries as varied as Ecuador, Germany, China, the U.S.A, Norway, Malaysia, the UK, Japan, Mexico and Australia. For more information and DRM updates, please visit www.drm.org or write to the DRM Project Office, email@example.com .
Dominic Foundation is a Swiss Foundation with the purpose of actively and directly promote, support and finance Technological Research Projects and promote ICT (Information Communication Technology) in order to improve the quality of life and independency of people in particular for people with disabilities or those most in need all around the world. Identify, directly support and coordinate specific and selected projects with the purpose of improving the standard of living and create a living, educational and social environment able to guarantee a better future for people living in particular in emerging countries. We believe in better education, better work, better life and therefore focus on promoting a personal independent living and professional development of future generations. The aim of our projects is to achieve immediate, tangible results in the live of individuals, while at the same time affecting long-term changes in their communities. Science and technology have the great challenge of improving quality of life, freedom and independency all around the world. Our aim is also to guarantee that any donation or budget assigned to a specific project will be solely used (100%) for the project itself and avoiding diluting the available funds for internal and admi (read more ...)
The East African Communications Organization (EACO) is a leading inter- governmental organization established by ICT regulators and operators from the East African Community. The organization is headquartered in Kigali, Rwanda. The main objective of the EACO is to harmonise policy and regulatory frameworks in the region; promote the development of broadcasting, postal and telecommunications/ICT services and regulatory matters; and devise ways and means to achieve fast, reliable, secure, affordable and efficient communications services within the region.
The East African Community (EAC) is an intergovernmental organization comprising the five east African countries Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. The organization is headquartered in Arusha. The EAC is one of the pillars of the African Economic Community. The EAC is a potential precursor to the establishment of the East African Federation, a proposed federation of its five members into a single state. In 2010, the EAC launched its own common market for goods, labor and capital within the region, with the goal of a common currency by 2012 and full political federation in 2015.
The Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL)is the regulatory body for telecommunications in five Eastern Caribbean States— Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. ECTEL which was established in May 2000 by Treaty and consists of A Council of Ministers (made up of the Ministers responsible for Telecommunications in the ECTEL states, and the Director General of the OECS), a regional Directorate with a Board of Directors(comprising one member and an alternate from each Member State and the Managing Director of ECTEL); and a National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC) in each Member State. The National Telecommunications Regulatory Commissions (NTRCs) are the Telecommunications regulators at the national level in each Member State.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is a regional group of fifteen West African countries. Founded on 28 May 1975, with the signing of the Treaty of Lagos, its mission is to promote economic integration across the region in "all fields ofeconomic activity, particularly industry, transport, telecommunications, energy, agriculture, natural resources, commerce, monetary and financial questions, social and cultural matters. The ECOWAS consists of two institutions to implement policies, the ECOWAS Secretariat and the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development, formerly known as the Fund for Cooperation until it was renamed in 2001.
The European Communications Office (ECO) is the Secretariat of the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT), an organisation where policy makers and regulators from 48 countries across Europe collaborate to harmonise telecommunication, radio spectrum and postal regulations. ECO provides advice and support to CEPT to help it to develop and deliver its policies and decisions in an effective and transparent way. Its core duties are to provide a European centre of expertise in electronic communications, to contribute to the work of the three CEPT committees and to manage CEPT’s day-to-day activities. ECO further supports CEPT member countries and other stakeholders providing a forum to debate and advance European communications policy for the benefit of all Europe’s citizens.”
The European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations - CEPT - was established in 1959 by 19 countries, which expanded to 26 during its first ten years. Original members were the monopoly-holding postal and telecommunications administrations. CEPT's activities included co-operation on commercial, operational, regulatory and technical standardization issues. Today 48 countries are members of CEPT. The work of CEPT is conducted by three autonomous business Committees: The Electronic Communications Committee (ECC), The European Committee for Postal Regulation (CERP) and The Committee for ITU Policy (Com-ITU)
The European Telecommunications Satellite Organization was originally set up in 1977 as an intergovernmental organization (IGO) to develop and operate a satellite-based telecommunications infrastructure for Europe. It started operations with the launch of its first satellite in 1983. Initially established to address satellite communications demand in Western Europe, Eutelsat rapidly developed its infrastructure to expand coverage to additional markets, such as Central and Eastern Europe in 1989, and the Middle East, the African continent, and large parts of Asia and the Americas from the 1990s.Eutelsat was the first satellite operator in Europe to broadcast television channels direct-to-home. It developed its premium neighborhood of five Hot Bird satellites in the mid-1990s to offer capacity that would be able to attract hundreds of channels to the same orbital location, appealing to widespread audiences for consumer satellite TV.With the general liberalization of the telecommunications sector in Europe, the IGO’s operations and activities were transferred to a private company called Eutelsat S.A. in July 2001.
ETSI, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, produces globally-applicable standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), including fixed, mobile, radio, converged, aeronautical, broadcast and internet technologies and is officially recognized by the European Union as a European Standards Organization. Founded in 1988, ETSI is an independent, not-for-profit association whose 717 member companies and organizations, drawn from 62 countries across 5 continents worldwide, participate directly in its work. ETSI and ITU-D engage in regular knowledge exchange and collaboration. For more information please visit: www.etsi.org
The European Union is a unique economic and political partnership between 27 European countries. It has delivered half a century of peace, stability, and prosperity, helped raise living standards, launched a single European currency, and is progressively building a single Europe-wide market in which people, goods, services, and capital move among Member States as freely as within one country. The EU was created in the aftermath of the Second World War. The first steps were to foster economic cooperation: countries that trade with one another are economically interdependent and will thus avoid conflict.
Fibre to The Home Council Middle East and North Africa is a non-profit organization with a mission to accelerate the FTTH adoption by all broadband stakeholders through information and promotion, in order to deploy the fiber-based, ultra-high-speed access networks to consumers and businesses. FTTH Council MENA started as the Middle East group within FTTH Council Europe in 2009 and was launched as FTTH Council MENA in January 2011. Its members consist of vendors, manufacturers, utilities, consultants, operators, academies, governments who are involved in Committees dedicated to developing and promoting FTTH in the fields of Market Development & Intelligence, Policy & regulation, Technology & Training. FTTH Council MENA is a member of FTTH Councils Global Alliance including sister councils Europe, North and Latin America, Asia Pacific and Africa.
The Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) consists of a network of individual computer security incident response teams that work together voluntarily to deal with computer security problems and their prevention. FIRST is a premier organization and recognized global leader in incident response. These teams represent government, law enforcement, academia, the private sector, and other organizations with justifiable interest as determined by the Steering Committee. The FIRST was formed in 1990 in response to a computer security incident known as the "Internet worm". The reaction to this incident was isolated and uncoordinated, resulting in much duplicated efforts and in conflicting solutions.
G3ict - Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies, G3ict, is a flagship advocacy initiative of UN-GAID, the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development. Initiated in December 2006 by W2i, the Wireless Internet Institute, G3ict is a public-private partnership dedicated to facilitating the implementation around the world of the Digital Accessibility Agenda defined by the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). G3ict was incorporated in 2008 as a 501 (c)(3) not for profit corporation in the State of Georgia, United States, where it maintains an office in Atlanta. Significant financial support to G3ict comes from corporate and institutional sponsors, such as IBM, Microsoft, AT&T, Time Warner Cable, Air France, Samsung, The Mozilla Foundation, Dominic Foundation, TecAccess, InternetSpeech, and W2i.
GEW Technologies (Pty) Ltd., a system engineering company that came into being in 1968, has since grown into a worldwide supplier of sophisticated Communication Intelligence, Spectrum Monitoring Systems and Security products. The company's business is to conceptualise, specify, develop, implement and support systems for Government institutions, Spectrum Management authorities and National Defence Forces.
GEW SpecMon (www.gewspecmon.co.za) is a business unit within Grintek Ewation (Pty) Ltd and focuses on ITU spectrum monitoring solutions. Spectrum monitoring systems and products manufactured by Grintek Ewation are in service with the Communication Authority of South Africa (ICASA). Country-wide Monitoring and Direction Finding systems are also integrated to spectrum management systems. News updates can be found at: http://www.gewspecmon.co.za/News-Events/
Founded in 1997, GVF (www.gvf.org) is the single and unified voice of the global satellite industry. It brings together organisations engaged in the delivery of advanced broadband and narrowband satellite services to consumers, and commercial and government enterprises worldwide. Headquartered in London, and with a Regional Office in Washington DC, GVF is an independent, non- partisan and non-profit organisation with 230+ members from more than 100 countries. The broad-based membership represents every major world region and every sector of the satellite industry, including fixed and mobile satellite operators, satellite network operators, teleports, satellite earth station manufacturers, system integrators, value added and enhanced service providers, telecom carriers, consultants, law firms, and users. The GVF Installation & Maintenance Training portal is at http://gvf.coursehost.com
The GSMA represents the interests of the worldwide mobile communications industry. Spanning 219 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators, as well as more than 200 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset makers, software companies, equipment providers, Internet companies, and media and entertainment organisations. The GSMA is focused on innovating, incubating and creating new opportunities for its membership, all with the end goal of driving the growth of the mobile communications industry. For more information, please visit http://www.gsmworld.com.
The Arab ICT Organization, its Arabic name, IJMA3 was formed with the belief and determination that it will accelerate the process of development in the Arab countries since it links the most prominent ICT associations of the region together. IJMA3 is a leader in harnessing ICT toward the broad-based development needs of local communities especially in areas such as: Workforce development, Educational services, Business incubation, Professional training, Community ICT centers and ICT Camps among others. The founding members include the ICT associations of: Morocco, Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, and Lebanon. Syria, Bahrain, Tunisia, Algeria, Iraq, Kuweit, Saudi Arabia and Sudan have subsequently joined the organization, bringing the total number of members to thirteen.
The International Indigenous ICT Task Force (IITF) is a volunteer body created at the WSIS in Tunis in 2005. The objective of the IITF is to implement the Plan of Action of the WSIS process which specifically mentions Indigenous Peoples, and the objectives of the Global Forum of Indigenous Peoples and the Information Society. Article 15 of the WSIS Declaration states: “In the evolution of the Information Society, particular attention must be given to the special situation of Indigenous Peoples, as well as to the preservation of their heritage and their cultural legacy.” Members of the IITF are from the seven geographical regions from around the world. The Indigenous Portal is an initiative of the IITF and is administered by the Indigenous Portal Board
The Inter-American Telecommunication Commission or Comisión Interamericana de Telecomunicaciones (CITEL) is an entity of the Organization of American States. It was originally created as the Inter-American Electrical Communication Commission in 1923. It has 35 Member States and over 200 Associate Members. It has been entrusted by the Heads of State at the Summits of the Americas with specific mandates. CITEL has technical autonomy to perform its functions within the limits prescribed by the OAS Charter, its statutes and the mandates of the General Assembly. Its objectives include facilitating and promoting the continuous development of telecommunications
International Air Transport Association (IATA)was founded in Havana, Cuba, in April 1945. It is the prime vehicle for inter-airline cooperation in promoting safe, reliable, secure and economical air services - for the benefit of the world's consumers. At its founding, IATA had 57 members from 31 nations, mostly in Europe and North America. Today it has some 230 members from 126 nations in every part of the globe.
The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) is the worldwide federation of national Amateur Radio organizations. Its membership consists of more than 160 member-societies in as many countries and separate territories. The IARU was founded at a meeting in Paris in 1925. The IARU is recognized by the ITU as the representative of the interests of the amateur and amateur-satellite services. The IARU is a Sector Member of the ITU Radiocommunication and Development Sectors and participates in the Study Groups of both Sectors. Its Web site is www.iaru.org.
The International Center for Promotion of Enterprises (ICPE) is a intergovernmental organization, with its headquarter in Slovenia set up on a United Nations initiative in 1974, with member countries from Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe, mandated to pursue and promote international cooperation in areas related to the transfer of technology, sustainable entrepreneurship and promotion of knowledge-based societal change through research, training, consultancy an information services in these fields. More information at: http://icpe.si/newsletter
The International Committee of the Red-Cross (ICRC), established in 1863, is an independent and neutral organization, its mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. Based in Geneva, Switzerland , the ICRC works worldwide to provide humanitarian help for people affected by conflict and armed violence and to promote the laws that protect victims of war. it employs some 12,000 people in 80 countries; it is financed mainly by voluntary donations from governments and from national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies.
The IEC produces International Standards and conducts conformity assessment for the millions of objects, systems or machines that contain electronics or use/ produce electricity in any form. Examples of technologies covered by IEC International Standards and assessments: power generation, transmission, distribution, including all renewable energy sources; batteries, lighting, home appliances, office and medical equipments, all public and private transportation, semiconductors, fibre optics, nanotechnology, multimedia, information technology, and more. Over 10’000 experts in 173 Technical Committees with over 1000 working groups Over 13’000 standards published since inception Over 6000 standards in catalogue today Over 300’000 conformity certificates established Founded in 1906 in London 159 member countries and affiliates Head office: Geneva.
Founded in 1960, IFIP links more than 50 national ICT societies with an aggregate membership in excess of nearly 1,000.000 individual members. It is a not-for-profit body with its headquarters in Austria. It has 13 Technical Committees bringing together 3500 global experts to address key ICT issues for today. IFIP provides a global forum of ICT experts that plays an active role in developing and sharing expertise amongst all stakeholders of the information and knowledge society. IFIP runs numerous significant conferences each year and also offers a free-to-read digital library of technical information. IFIP’s Strategic Aims are: To provide a global platform to (1) Advance technologies for the information and knowledge societies; (2) Disseminate high quality information; (3) Promote social responsibility in the application of ICT; (4) Promote Digital Equity; (5) Advance Professionalism in ICT. In order to achieve the strategic aims, its Objectives are to: (1) Be one of the leading organizers of ICT related events; (2) Be one of the leading sources of advice on ICT related issues; (3) Provide services and supporting its member societies and their members; (4) Support education and lifelong development of academics and practitioners.
Headquartered in the United States and with offices in London, Hong Kong and Tokyo, the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc., (ISC)²®, is the global, not-for-profit leader in educating and certifying information security professionals throughout their careers. We are recognized for Gold Standard certifications and world class education programs.
We provide vendor-neutral education products, career services, and Gold Standard credentials to professionals in more than 135 countries. We take pride in our reputation built on trust, integrity, and professionalism. And we’re proud of our membership – an elite network of nearly 75,000 certified industry professionals worldwide.
International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is the world's largest developer and publisher of International Standards. ISO is a network of the national standards institutes of 163 countries, one member per country, with a Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, that coordinates the system. ISO is a non-governmental organization that forms a bridge between the public and private sectors.
The International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO) is an intergovernmental organization with 149 member States. ITSO’s mission is to: (i) act as the supervisory authority of Intelsat Ltd.; (ii) ensure the performance of Core Principles for the provision of international public telecommunications services, with high reliability and quality; and (iii) promote international public telecommunication services to meet the needs of the information and communications society. The Core Principles of the Organization include, maintaining global connectivity and coverage; providing public telecommunications services, including capacity and price protection guarantees to “Lifeline Connectivity Obligation (LCO)” customers; providing domestic public telecommunications services between areas that are isolated or separated by geographic or natural barriers or high seas; and ensuring non-discriminatory access to Intelsat, Ltd.’s communications system.
The International Telecommunications Users Group (INTUG) has represented business users of communications services globally since its formation in 1974 and has participated in ITU affairs for much of the 35 years since then. It consists of national and international user groups and associate companies and is registered in the Netherlands. INTUG has participated in ITU Study Groups and Working Parties on Recommendations and Standards in areas including tariff principles and service definitions, and focuses attention on sector regulation as a mechanism for introducing open competition and interoperability internationally. INTUG has been a leading campaigner for open access to Next Generation Networks, and reducing the financial burden of non-cost related charges, for example for roaming and call termination and for mark -up on international leased lines. INTUG has recognised status within OECD, and regionally in APECTEL, CITEL and the EU. INTUG has a memorandum of understanding with the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO).
Radio science encompasses the knowledge and study of all aspects of electromagnetic fields and waves. The International Union of Radio Science (Union Radio-Scientifique Internationale), a non-governmental and non-profit organisation under the International Council for Science, is responsible for stimulating and co-ordinating, on an international basis, studies, research, applications, scientific exchange, and communication in the fields of radio science. URSI has the objective - to encourage and promote international activity in radio science and its applications, for the benefit of humanity; - to encourage the adoption of common methods of measurement - to stimulate and co-ordinate studies of the scientific aspects of the generation, radiation, propagation, and detection of fields and waves and their use in telecommunications. - to represent radio science to the general public.
Internet Society or ISOC is an international, nonprofit organization founded during 1992 to provide direction in Internet related standards, education, and policy. It states that its mission is "to assure the open development, evolution and use of the Internet for the benefit of all people throughout the world". The Internet Society has offices near Washington, DC, USA, and in Geneva, Switzerland. The Internet Society engages in a wide spectrum of Internet issues, including policy, governance, technology, and development.
Internet Systems Consortium, Inc. (ISC) was originally founded in 1994 and i is a non-profit public benefit corporation dedicated to supporting the infrastructure of the universal connected self-organizing Internet - and the autonomy of its participants - by developing and maintaining core production quality software, protocols, and operations. ISC is the producer and distributor of commercial quality Open Source software.
ITU-APT Foundation of India formed in 2003 as a non-profit, non-political body and registered under society act in India.The Foundation activities broadly relates to: (1) coordination, promotion and formulation of expert opinion on topical subjects including radio-communications, spectrum management, radio regulations, telecommunication standardization and telecommunication development; (2) to act as a bridge between the industry and other institutions on the one hand and the government and regulatory agencies on the other; (3)to promote, support and participate in the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference, WTDC, WSIS, TDAG, ITU Telecom and other major ITU-D meetings and events.
The Arab League officially called the League of Arab States, is a regional organization of Arab economies in North and Northeast Africa, and Southwest Asia (Middle East). It was formed in Cairo on 22 March 1945 with six members: Egypt, Iraq, Transjordan (renamed Jordan in 1949), Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Yemen. The Arab League currently has 22 members and four observers. The main goal of the league is to "draw closer the relations between member States and co-ordinate collaboration between them, to safeguard their independence and sovereignty, and to consider in a general way the affairs and interests of the Arab countries. The Arab League has played a role in shaping school curricula, advancing the role of women in the Arab societies, promoting child welfare, encouraging youth and sports programs, preserving Arab cultural heritage, and fostering cultural exchanges between the member states.
NetHope Inc enables humanitarian organizations to better serve the developing world through smarter use of technology. We help our member organizations collaborate, innovate, and leverage the full potential of information and communications technology to support their causes. We focus on five key areas: Connectivity, Field Capacity Building, Emergency Response, Shared Services and Innovation for Development.
Established in 2003, PIHR is a not-for-profit volunteer organization working for the promotion and delivery of Universal Human Rights through the use of ICTs, by way of informing, capacitating and transforming institutions and communities. We are running 8 Multipurpose Community Telecentres (MCT) in 4 provinces, and have helped establish 488 Educational Broadband Centres (EBC) and 176 Community Broadband Centres (CBC) in 4 districts. With infrastructure in place, PIHR is in the process of empowering men and women, boys and girls by providing opportunities of skill development, access to information, and delivery of social services such as education and health. This is achieved through projects under four programme areas: Connecting Schools – Enabling Communities, Tolerant Pakistan, Strengthening Democratic Values and Research in ICT4D.
The Regional African Satellite Communications Organisation (RASCOM) is an intergovernmental satellite communications organization created through the desired political will and commitment of all African governments to pool their resources together to provide a continent-wide telecommunications infrastructure using a dedicated Pan-African satellite system, covering the entire continent and providing information and communications services, especially in isolated and rural areas in Africa. Its headquarters is in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire and it has a membership of 45 African countries. African Telecommunications operators in member states are signatories to the operating agreement. It launched its first Pan African satellite on the 21st of December 2007. The commercial operations started in August 2008 and customers will seamlessly be migrated to the replacement satellite to be launched between July and September 2010. RASCOM mission is to launch a series of satellites. In this vein it will always count on the full cooperation of all member states of the ITU for the coordination of more spectrum/orbital resources for the launch of more of its satellites. The RASCOM satellites are being technically and commercially run by the Pan African Satellite Operator, RascomStar-QAF.
Regional Commonwealth in the field of Communications (RCC) was set up on December 17, 1991 in Moscow by the Heads of Communications Administrations (CA) of independent states with the mission to develop communications networks and facilities; coordination in the field of scientific and technical policy, radiospectrum management, tariff policies for communication services and settlements, staff training; interaction with the international organizations in the field of communications and informatization, information interchange as well as to carry out cooperation between new independent states in the field of telecommunication and postal communication.
The Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC) is an independent, not-for-profit membership organization that supports the infrastructure of the Internet through technical coordination in its service region. The RIPE NCC is one of five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) providing Internet resource allocations, registration services and coordination activities that support the operation of the Internet globally.
The privately owned company group has a global presence. It develops, produces, and markets a wide range of electronic capital goods for industry, infrastructure operators, and government agencies. Rohde & Schwarz numbers among the market leaders in all of its business fields, including wireless communications and RF test and measurement, terrestrial TV broadcasting, and technologies relating to the interception and analysis of radio signals. Numerous subsidiaries and representatives not only ensure quick and competent on-site support anywhere in the world, but also safeguard customer investments with comprehensive service and support offerings. In fiscal year 2010/2011, Rohde & Schwarz reached incoming orders in the amount of € 1.7 billion. We are proud Sector Members of ITU-D since 1994.
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is an intergovernmental organization that provides technical and policy advice and assistance to its Pacific Island members. SPC was established as an international organization in 1947 and has 26 member countries and territories. SPC’s vision for the region is a secure and prosperous Pacific Community, whose people are educated and healthy and manage their resources in an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable way. SPC’s mission is to help Pacific Island people position themselves effectively to respond to the challenges they face and make informed decisions about their future and the future they wish to leave for the generations that follow. The focus of SPC’s work changes over time in response to evolving regional needs and regional collaborative arrangements with other organizations. In 2010, the organization has six divisions with over 400 staff.
The Southern Africa telecentre Network (SATNET) Southern Africa Telecentre Network is a regional civil society organization whose objective is to facilitate increased access and usage of ICTs to improve the quality of life for people in southern African region. Key to achievement of this objective is support to development of community based telecentres as avenues by local communities to access social and economic services and information resources. Among others SATNET is involved in providing capacities for development of national telecentre (ICT) networks as platforms for information exchange and knowledge sharing. SATNET was established in June 2008 by ICT development practitioners from Southern African region after the Telecentre Africa international Conference. With existing challenges such as inadequate rural ICT infrastructure, awareness, lack of and high cost of access to internet communications, majority rural communities continue to be marginalized. SATNET works with partners to identify innovative solutions to resolve these challenges to achieve key universal access goals. SATNET collaborates with various regional organizations and governments to monitor and evaluate ICT policy implementation strategies.
The Southern African Development Commission (SADC), was established in 1980 in pursuant of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Treaty and the provisions of the SADC Protocol on Transport, Communications and Meteorology. Until 1999, the association was known as the Southern Africa Telecommunications Administrations (SATA). From its inception, SATA was a forum for public operators of fixed land telephony networks, by virtue of the sectoral composition at the time. However, in response to sector changes in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), the current SATA Constitution was revised in May 2005 to open up membership to other players in the sector. Full membership is now open to both fixed and mobile cellular operators who own a telecommunication network regardless of whether they are a public or a private enterprise. Other ICT stakeholders such as Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Equipment Manufacturers/Suppliers may join SATA as Associate Members only as approved by the SATA Executive Board.
Telecentre.org Foundation, supports the establishment and sustainability of grassroots level telecentres. These telecentres – public places of access to the Internet and other digital technologies that help promote personal and social development – offer crucial services, skills and opportunities to people living in remote and rural locations around the world. Since its launch at the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis in 2005, the telecentre.org programme has been instrumental in setting up telecentre networks in more than 40 countries. Initially administered by the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the programme is now managed by Telecentre.org Foundation, an independent, non-profit, non-stock international organisation registered in Manila, Philippines.
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents the manufacturers and suppliers of global communications networks. Since 1924, TIA has been enhancing the business environment for the information and communications technology (ICT) industry through standards development, policy and advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence, and networking events. TIA members' products and broadband network services empower communications in every industry and market in both the public and private sectors. Visit www.tiaonline.org.
The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (‘the Authority’) was established in July 2004 by the enactment of the Telecommunications Act 2001 Amended by 17 of 2004 as the independent regulatory body responsible for the transformation of the telecommunications sector from a virtual monopoly to a competitive environment. The Authority is responsible not only for the liberalisation of the telecommunications sector, but also for regulating both telecommunications and broadcasting sectors, managing spectrum and number resources, establishing equipment and service quality standards, setting guidelines to prevent anti-competitive practices and encouraging investment in order to facilitate the availability of affordable telecommunications and broadcasting services to all. The Authority is run by a Board of Directors consisting of a Chairman, a Deputy Chairman and nine other members as appointed by the President. The Board oversees the activities of the Authority and appoints an Executive Director who manages the affairs of the Authority subject to the directions of the Board.
COMTELCA es un Organismo Regional de Telecomunicaciones cuyo objetivo es coordinar y promover la integración y el desarrollo de las telecomunicaciones de Centroamérica, así como las de orden internacional, que satisfagan las necesidades de los clientes de la Región, por medio de un marco jurídico que permita armonizar las regulaciones de cada país, administrar los Sistemas de Telecomunicaciones y dictar las resoluciones con carácter de cumplimiento obligatorio para sus Miembros. Forman parte de COMTELCA las siguientes Instituciones: SIT, SIGET, CONATEL, TELCOR, ICE, ASEP, INDOTEL, HONDUTEL, ARESEP.
Telefónica O2 Czech Republic is a major integrated operator in the Czech Republic, operating more than seven million lines, both fixed and mobile, making it one of the world’s leading providers of fully converged services. The organization offers the most comprehensive portfolio of voice, data and ICT services in this country. Telefónica O2 Czech Republic operates the largest fixed and mobile network including a 3rd generation network, CDMA, and UMTS, enabling voice, data and video transmission. The organisation is paying a special attention to the responsible approach and developing Corporate Social Responsibility activities. Actively contributes to the healthy development of the society in all relevant places. Its vision is to grow in a sustainability way enhancing people’s lives and the progress of communities where operates.
For more than 45 years, the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) has been a driving force behind global efforts to advance scientific expertise in the developing world.
Founded in 1964 by the late Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam, ICTP seeks to accomplish its mandate by providing scientists from developing countries with the continuing education and skills that they need to enjoy long and productive careers. ICTP has been a major force in stemming the scientific brain drain from the developing world.
The Guglielmo Marconi laboratory of the ICTP hosts training programmes on wireless communications technologies. These programmes have been providing much-needed support in wireless technology education to students and researchers from developing countries. The laboratory, named after Italian inventor and Physics Nobel laureate Guglielmo Marconi, was inaugurated on 23 November 2010 by ICTP Director Fernando Quevedo and Hamadoun Touré, Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
http://www.ituaj.jp/ The ITU Association of Japan (ITU-AJ) was founded on September 1, 1971 to coordinate Japanese activities in telecommunication and broadcasting sectors with international activities. Since then, ITU-AJ has been conducting cooperation/coordination works for international organizations including the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).The ITU-AJ, as its regular activities, organizes Study Meetings on Basic Matters for the ITU, ITU-T(Telecommunication standardization Sector), ITU-R (Radiocommunication Sector) and Digital Opportunities. In 1993, ITU-AJ joined the ITU's Development Sector (ITU-D).
Mobile broadband is changing the way the world communicates. The UMTS Forum helps all players in this dynamic value chain understand and profit from the opportunities of 3G/UMTS networks and their Long Term Evolution (LTE). The UMTS Forum participates actively in the work of the ITU, EC, ETSI, 3GPP and CEPT plus other technical and commercial organisations. It also contributes to the timely licensing and deployment of mobile broadband globally through regular dialogue with regulators and responses to public consultations. The UMTS Forum supports the interests of its membership with a range of studies, reports and other outputs. Membership of the UMTS Forum draws together everyone with an interest in mobile broadband, including operators, regulators and the manufacturers of network infrastructure and terminal equipment.
The UKTA is a not for profit organisation made up of a number of member UK companies, organisations and institutions and possesses a proven track record for developing relationships within the communications industry in the UK and throughout the World. The UKTA is proud to be a sector member of the ITU for both ITU-T and ITU-D and sees its strong bond with ITU as a catalyst to further ‘knowledge transfer’ globally but, in particular to Africa and China in an effort to support the achievement of many HRD millennium goals. Testament to this work is the relationship that UKTA has established throughout the Africa region with Kigali Institute of Science & Technology already producing some forty three outstanding graduates.
Webforce International Federation is a UN-NGO (Non Governmental Organisation) operating under Swiss law in special consultative status with the ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council of the United Nations) and as a member of the D sector of the ITU (International Telecommunications Union). It is probably the most active NGO in the fields of communication and telecommunications. We have taken a highly active part in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) since 2001.
The West Africa Telecommunications Regulators Assembly was established in November 2004. WATRA consists of 15 independent National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) and departments for regulation of telecommunications services established by governments of member states in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) sub-region and Mauritania. WATRA was born out of the need to address present realities in the telecommunications industry in the sub-region while focusing on the need for West Africa to evolve a harmonized regulatory identity to boost investment and investors-confidence and to more effectively enhance the regulations of telecommunications services by contributing to human resource and capacity building efforts aimed at redressing the shortage of indigenous skills, competencies and capabilities in emerging information and communications technologies in the sub-region. WATRA partners are International development organizations, Private telecoms operators, Governments, ICT equipment manufacturers, ICT equipment vendors and Industry stakeholders.
Through service to members, networking and project implementation, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), brings together a network of more than 4,000 community radios, Federations and community media stakeholders in more than 130 countries. The main global impact of AMARC since its creation in 1983, has been to accompany and support the establishment of a worldwide community radio sector that has democratized the media sector. AMARC advocates for the right to communicate at the international, national, local and neighbourhood levels and defends and promotes the interests of the community radio movement through solidarity, networking and cooperation.