"The Arab Region
Internet and Telecom Summit"
organized by the Telecommunication
Development Bureau of the ITU
and hosted by OmanTel,
was held in Muscat, Oman from 28 to 30 May 2001. The
conference focused on the key challenges and opportunities the Internet
poses for governments, telecommunication businesses and Internet Service
Internet is one of the most dynamic areas of development in the
telecommunication sector today. Internet and IP networks are
revolutionizing the delivery of information services and commerce in
many countries, and will make a major contribution to business, social
and economic development throughout the Arab region during the next
decade. This conference was intended for senior personnel who have
responsibility for Internet policy and operation in their countries in
the Arab region such as ministries of communications, regulatory bodies,
telecommunications operating companies and Internet service businesses.
It allowed them to share their knowledge about
current Internet developments and opportunities with
colleagues from the Arab region, as well as with leading international
experts from the telecommunications business and development
communities. The conference also highlighted the latest
Internet-related information and research from the ITU.
issues that were covered include:
roles of the Internet Service Provider and the telecommunications
operators in delivering Internet service;
and other key applications of Internet;
costs and pricing;
networks and Internet telephony;
technologies for delivering Internet;
opportunities for Internet development;
examples of Internet development and use around the region.