Our gracious hosts MICT and NTC, Excellencies,
Distinguished Chairmen; Directors General and Presidents of the
Regulatory Authorities, Members of the private sector, Invited
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 8th annual Global
Symposium for Regulators. I would like to extend a special
word of thanks to our hosts the Ministry of Information and
Communication Technology and the National Telecommunications
Commission of Thailand for inviting us to hold the GSR in Thailand.
In particular, I am grateful to General Choochart Promphrasid,
Chairman, National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), for his kind
acceptance to chair this year’s GSR. He and his entire staff
have gone out of their way to welcome all of us.
When we decided in ITU eight years ago to launch a global dialogue
among regulators, we were confronted with skepticism. Now,
eight years later, we are delighted to have created the GSR as a
unique platform in ITU where regulators can share their experiences,
exchange best practices and enter into a frank dialogue. Having more
than 100 heads of regulators authorities, board members and
commissioners gathered here in Pattaya today certainly demonstrates
the need for such a unique global gathering. A need also recognized
by our Members during the Plenipotentiary Conference 06 with the
adoption of Resolution 138 on the GSR.
The theme of this year’s GSR is Six Degrees of Sharing.
Sharing of views, experiences and best practices among regulators is
the only way to address the challenges posed by today’s
technological and market developments. It is only by working
together that smart policies and practices can be put into place to
ensure that the target of connecting the world to ICT within the
next seven years can be met. Connecting the world means that
the benefits of the Information Society are shared by all.
Technological developments bring high hopes and expectations.
In developing countries, wireless broadband technologies are
increasingly viewed as the means of achieving universal access to
ICT at the local level. At the same time, the development of
regional and national broadband IP backbone and backhaul networks,
like high speed submarine cable networks, are critical to the
success of broadband access technologies. Speed is key in the
ICT world! Technology alone, however, is not enough to ensure
success. The environment that enables new technologies to be
used and shared by all can only be created through regulatory
This year’s GSR will explore how regulatory reform can reduce the
high investment costs associated with the deployment of new
technologies. We will examine a range of sharing strategies
designed to cut the costs of network rollout, and each one has a
role to play in ensuring that countries meet their development
millennium goals by 2015.