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Towards the Telecommunications of Tomorrow

The expansion and evolution of telecommunications brings new opportunities, as well as new challenges. Convergence and the move towards networks based on IP or NGN are redefining the industry and business strategies. New services and applications, such as VoIP, are disrupting business models and calling regulatory frameworks into question. Faced with this transition, governments, regulators, operators and manufacturers are struggling to anticipate and adapt to tomorrow's emerging issues. Throughout this transition, ITU remains committed through its range of activities to helping ensure that communications over public telecommunication networks remain reliable, secure, interoperable and user-friendly.

The coming years, 2008 and 2009, promise to be as fully-charged as ever. Among the key events in ITU's calendar, ITU looks forward to TELECOM AFRICA 2008 in Cairo, Egypt, and TELECOM ASIA 2008 in Bangkok, Thailand, which will unite CEOs, Ministers, regulators and policy-makers from across these regions to shape the future of the ICT industry. TELECOM WORLD will be held in Geneva in 2009. The Forums at these events explore the very latest technologies and solutions in deployment, the prospects for growth, the impact of liberalization, business strategies that have succeeded and much more. TELECOM Exhibitions provide a wealth of opportunities for networking and forging business partnerships to promote trade and investment in telecommunications.

The eighth annual Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR) will be held in Pattaya, Thailand, in March 2008, in collaboration with the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology and the National Telecommunications Commission of Thailand, on the theme of “Innovative infrastructure-sharing and open access strategies to promote affordable access for all”. The Symposium unites regulators from developed and developing countries to share their experiences on the latest developments in regulation.

ITU is also preparing for the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-08), which will take place in October 2008 in Johannesburg at the kind invitation of the Government of the Republic of South Africa. WTSA-08 defines the overall policy, working methods and procedures for ITU-T, including the structure and participants of study groups and the Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG). For the first time ever, WTSA will be preceded by a Global Standardization Symposium in the same venue. In 2009, ITU will hold the fourth World Telecommunication Policy Forum in Switzerland on the subject of convergence and its relevance to the changing telecommunication environment.

ITU is working hard to adapt to the evolution and newly emerging challenges of the information society and the changing needs of its membership. ITU continues to improve its standardization and spectrum allocation activities, to make them more efficient and effective and responsive to membership's needs.

ITU is designing new and tailored work programmes for technical assistance to developing countries, adapted to their requirements. ICTs, as well as the broader information society, continue to evolve, but the management team of ITU has every confidence that, united, we can work together to make the information society more inclusive, safer, more secure and as widely accessible to as many people as possible. ITU looks forward to continuing to work closely with its membership to fulfill this mandate.



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