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 Friday, November 16, 2012
ITU Blog: Clarification needed during Open Letter season

It is with great surprise and disappointment that ITU notes the joint letter signed by Greenpeace International and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) which was addressed to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon regarding the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12).

The assertions in the open letter cannot go unchallenged, as many of the issues raised are misleading, inaccurate and grounded in conjecture.

It is unfortunate that this letter was drafted, dispatched and made public without any consultation with ITU Secretary-General, Dr. Hamadoun Touré or ITU as an organization.

A number of misleading inaccuracies which are contained in the letter could have been dispelled before being made public.

Read more...

Friday, November 16, 2012 2:25:29 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Second ITU Global Media Briefing on WCIT-12

In December in Dubai, ITU membership will meet to discuss possible revision of the International Telecommunication Regulations, a global treaty governing the way international telecommunications traffic is managed. On September 17, ITU held a second global media briefing entitled WCIT: Myth versus Fact. An audio archive and comprehensive presentation on challenges and opportunities of the WCIT event is available online.

WCIT-12 website

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 9:50:04 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, July 16, 2012
WCIT 2012: an opportunity to create an open, innovative and sustainable ICT environment

ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré and Chair of the Executive Board of the European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association (ETNO) Luigi Gambardella met today at ITU headquarters in Geneva. During their discussion they stressed the importance of the World Conference on International Telecommunications 2012 (WCIT-12), which will review the International Telecommunication Regulations, or ITRs. They said that an update of this international treaty will lay the framework to support continued growth and an innovative and sustainable future for the telecommunication and information and communication technologies (ICTs) sector.

 

Dr Touré noted that “the 1988 ITRs opened the door for the telecommunication revolution of the 1990s — and notably privatization, liberalization, and new technologies such as mobile. Now it’s time to take the next step and open the door for the broadband revolution of the next decade, so that all the world’s people can gain access — affordable, equitable, high-speed fixed or mobile access — to voice, video and data.”

 

Mr Gambardella stated that “WCIT-12 allows us to address the need for a new ecosystem for communications, enabling operators and service providers to meet the huge challenges that are being driven by the rapid rise in data traffic, while allowing users to continue enjoying the benefits brought about by the Internet and other technologies."

 

The ITRs set out the basic principles for ensuring that networks can connect smoothly and efficiently across borders and among technologies. However, the environment has changed dramatically since their last revision in 1988. The growth in traffic puts a strain on network resources and risks worsening users' experience of connectivity. The ITRs need to reflect changes in markets and technologies, while allowing innovation to continue.

 

The ITU membership, which includes ETNO, sees WCIT-12 as an opportunity to agree on a new and sustainable model for international communications, favouring innovation, openness and consumer choice. ETNO believes that improved user experience would be encouraged by allowing commercial agreements between players on end-to-end quality of service. The association has put forward a proposed revision to the ITRs that it believes would ensure that the framework is future proof.

Monday, July 16, 2012 7:56:42 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, September 23, 2011
The Importance of National Broadband Plans

In its latest September edition, the ITU News magazine of the ITU examines the need for national broadband plans, their aims and relationship with national targets and goals.

A national broadband plan is as much a social contract as a plan of action to develop the industry base. It can be understood as bringing about a stronger foundation for effective governance, private investment and more active citizenship, leading to a desirable social and economic future.

The article draws on a discussion paper entitled “Setting national broadband policies, strategies and plans: A practical step-by-step approach”, written by Dr Bob Horton, consultant for the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU–D), and prepared for the 11th ITU Global Symposium for Regulators 2011, to be held in Armenia City, Colombia, on 21–23 September 2011.

For more information, please read here.

Friday, September 23, 2011 1:02:50 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
ITU and the Broadband Commission for Digital Development

ITU and the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development are proud to host the Broadband Leadership Summit on 24-25 October 2011, immediately before the opening of ITU TELECOM World 2011. The Broadband Leadership Summit will feature a series of eight Plenary Sessions bringing together top CEOs (including Cisco, Intel, Fujitsu, Ericsson and Alcatel Lucent), various Heads of State and Governments, the Heads of a number of international organizations (including UNESCO, the OECD and WIPO) and members of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Digital Development with other key players to discuss the issues facing today's global broadband industry.

Hot topics to be debated by panellists and speakers include the benefits of broadband for stimulating economic growth and jobs, business models that work in emerging markets, the evolution of online regulation, latest trends in social media and smart societies, the impact of the latest financial repercussions on financing the industry and how broadband can boost progress in achieving the MDGs. Watch this space for further announcements!

Friday, September 23, 2011 8:02:21 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, March 14, 2011
Why are young girls rejecting careers in technology?

ITU'S High-level Debate held to commemorate 100 years of International Women's Day tackled the issue of declining female participation in the information and communication technology industry.

Professor Anastasia Ailamaki, Director, DIAS Lab, School of Computer & Communication Sciences, EPFLIt's a little-known fact that women were the original programmers of ENIAC, the US government's first ever computer. But while teenage girls now use computers and the Internet at rates similar to boys, they are five times less likely to consider a technology-related career.

It wasn't always so. In the US in the 1980s, for example, young women were earning 37% of computer science degrees; today, that number has fallen to around 20%.
That lack of trained female professionals in turn means that in OECD countries, women now account for under 20% of ICT specialists in OECD countries. It also means that most developed countries are forecasting an alarming shortfall in the number of skilled staff to fill upcoming jobs in the ICT sector. The European Union calculates that in 10 years' time there will be a lack of some 300,000 people to fill ICT jobs in the region; globally, the shortfall is closer to 1.2 million.

With computer and information systems managers consistently ranked among the top 20 best-paying jobs – on a par with surgeons, orthodontists, airline pilots and lawyers – why are young women turning their backs on technology?

ITU's High-level Panel of experts from government, the ICT industry, the education sector and the media agreed that major problems include a poor perception of the industry among girls, and a lack of inspiring role models.

Finnish Communications Minister Suvi Lindén spoke of a culture of negativity around science and maths that is affecting girls as young as primary level. Educator Inal Uygur of the International School of Geneva noted that teachers unwittingly or even deliberately put girls off technology as a career, often with a misplaced sense that they are acting in the girl's best interests. Professor Anastasia Ailamaki, who leads the DIAS Lab at the prestigious Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, observed that male teachers' envy of young girls' talents can also sometimes play an insidious role.

Ms Alethea Lodge-Clarke, Programme Manager, Public Private Partnerships DigiGirlz, Microsoft
Industry representatives Alethea Lodge-Clark of Microsoft and Victor Agnellini of Alcatel-Lucent affirmed that encouraging more girls into technology careers was important to the ongoing growth of the ICT industry, particularly in Europe and the US. Both highlighted their own companies' initiatives to redress the problem, such as the Digigirlz programme managed globally by Microsoft, and female-oriented initiatives managed by the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation in countries around the world.  Aurora Velez, Chief Producer of the Learning World series at Euronews, pointed to some of the innovative approaches her team has uncovered around the world, and hosted the screening of two Learning World stories created for this year's International Women's Day, both focused on encouraging girls to think about careers in technology.

Dr Speranza Ndege, Director of the Institute of Open, Distance and e-Learning at Kenya's Kenyatta University, told of the strong resistance she met from male colleagues when she crossed over from the traditional female academic domain of social sciences to ICTs. ITU's own Gitanjali Sah, who works as an ICT analyst focused on development issues, brought a regional perspective, noting that ICT training for girls was very popular in much of the Asia region, because of its perceived prestige.

And Serbian Minister Jasna Matiã, who has earned an international reputation as a passionate champion of technology education for women, proposed a concrete way forward with the creation of a Girls in ICT Day, to be held on the fourth Thursday in April every year, where governments, private industry and the education sector will be encouraged to team up to promote technology as an attractive career choice for female students.

from left to right: Finnish Communications Minister Suvi Lindén, ITU's Head of Strategic Planning and Membership department Doreen Bogdan, and Serbian Minister Jasna Mati¿The event was attended by around 100 representatives from UN agencies, national missions, the ICT industry, the education sector and the general public.

 

Monday, March 14, 2011 10:26:34 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, June 05, 2009
ITU Secretary-General addresses Annual St. Petersburg International Economic Forum

In his address to the Forum, Dr Hamadoun Touré emphasized the power of innovation and how ICTs will play an important role in overcoming the economic crisis.

Dr Touré met His Excellency Dmitry A. Medvedev, President of the Russian Federation, who reconfirmed the commitment of the Russian Federation to ITU. During his visit, he had the opportunity to discuss with Minister Shchegolev and other senior officials key issues related to the Union's objectives, including cybersecurity, climate change and the upcoming Connect CIS Summit.

His visit generated much interest in the planned ITU ICT Exploratorium which is scheduled for opening in 2010.

Friday, June 05, 2009 12:28:28 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, April 27, 2009
ICTD 2009

ICT for Development Conference (ICTD 2009 http://ictd2009.org/cfp.html

Monday, April 27, 2009 8:41:36 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
ITU Sub-Regional Seminar

The ITU Sub-Regional Seminar was held in Belgrade, Republic of Serbia from 27-29 April. Dr Touré met with H.E. Mr Mirko Cvetkovic, Prime Minister of Serbia. As an integral part of the Seminar, the Ministerial Round Table on "Switchover from Analogue to Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting in Central and Eastern Europe" was chaired by H.E. Ms Jasna Matic, Minister of Telecommunications & Information Society, Republic of Serbia and Dr Hamadoun Touré, ITU Secretary-General. This event gathered about 155 high-level participants and gave an opportunity to better understand the complexity of the switchover from analogue to digital as well as facilitated a strategic dialogue aimed at considering the most important technical, regulatory and economical aspects of the process.

 

 

 

Monday, April 27, 2009 8:39:53 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, April 22, 2009
World Telecommunication Policy Forum (WTPF)

The World Telecommunication Policy Forum (WTPF-2009) was preceded by a Special Strategic Dialogue: on the theme "Confronting the Crisis". The outcome of WTPF was the Lisbon Consensus.

 

Press releases

SG’s Speeches:

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 8:31:08 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, February 26, 2009
ITU launches on YouTube a video contest on the future of ICTs


ITU has launched a video contest on YouTube asking young people for their vision on the future of information & communication technologies. Winners will be invited to take part in the upcoming World Telecommunication Policy Forum (WTPF). WTPF is a high-level international event to exchange views on the key policy issues arising from today’s fast changing information and communication technology (ICT) environment. WTPF 2009 will take place in Lisbon from 21-24 April


 

Thursday, February 26, 2009 5:49:21 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, January 22, 2009
ICT for a Global Sustainable Future: How can ICT durably contribute to the wellbeing of all citizens?

From left to right: Luiz Fernando Ferreirada Silva, Eduard Dundler, Hamadoun Toure, Basievon Solms, Roland BurgeThe European Commission Conference on ICT for a Global Sustainable Future was held in Brussels on 22-23 January 2009. As one of the keynote speakers ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré, offered his views on how ICTs can estimulate economic growth and boost business. He also addressed the issue of Climate Change and how ICTs can be effective in helping reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.

Thursday, January 22, 2009 5:40:29 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, January 19, 2009
Video message on multilinguism by ITU Secretary-General

19-21 January 2009, Bamako (Mali)
ITU's Secretray-General, Dr hamadoun I. Touré, participated through a video message at Bamako's International Forum on Multilinguism, organized by MAAYA (World Network for Linguistic Diversity).

Monday, January 19, 2009 1:25:22 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, December 12, 2008
ITU World Radiocommunication Seminar: Focus on revised ITU Radio Regulations

Geneva, 12 December 2008: The ITU World Radiocommunication Seminar 2008 (WRS-08) closed in Geneva today. The week-long meeting dealt with international regulations on the use of the radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits. Discussions centred on the application of the ITU Radio Regulations, the treaty which regulates international wireless communications. The Seminar also examined the activities of the ITU Radiocommunication Study Groups and focused on the use of ICT in emergency situations and as a solution to combat climate change.

WRS-08 was opened by ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré and Director of ITU’s Radicommunication Bureau Valery Timofeev in the presence of 461 participants, representing 121 countries and 13 organizations. The Chairman of the ITU Radio Regulations Board, Ms Julie Zoller also participated. The European Broadcasting Union, represented by Ms Elena Puigrefagut, presented the challenges and lessons learned by the switchover to digital broadcasting. [Read de full note to the press...]

 

Friday, December 12, 2008 3:48:55 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, December 08, 2008
United Nations Climate Change Conference - Poznañ, Poland

The United Nations Climate Change Conference - Poznañ, Poland kicked off Monday, 1 December. The two-week meeting, the fourteenth Conference of the 192 Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the fourth meeting of the 183 Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, is the half-way mark in the negotiations on an ambitious and effective international response to climate change.

The deal is to be clinched in Copenhagen at the end of 2009 and will take effect in 2013, the year after the first phase of the Kyoto Protocol expires. Close to eleven thousand participants, including government delegates from 186 Parties to the UNFCCC and representatives from business and industry, environmental organizations and research institutions, are attending the two-week gathering.

ITU is organizing a side-event on "ICT and Climate Change: Finding Solutions" which will take place on 10 December 2008 from 10.00 to 12.30 hours, Econcern Sustainable Energy Event at The World Trade Center - Conference Room 1, Poznan, Poland.

Information about this side-event can be found here or by contacting Ms. Cristina Bueti at climate@itu.int

Find out more about ITU's actvities on climate change.

UNFCCC Press release can be found here.

Monday, December 08, 2008 10:10:04 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, December 05, 2008
Don't miss: ICTs and Climate Change:Finding Solutions Side-event, Poznan (Poland), 10 December 2008

ICTs and Climate Change:Finding Solutions Side-event will be held in Poznan (Poland), from 09.00 to 12.30 hours, on Wednesday 10 December 2008.

ICTs are a vital tool in every aspect of our daily lives and they also present the best possible hope we have for combating climate change, and tackling the 98% of emissions produced by sectors other than ICTs.

At ITU, we’re promoting ICTs as a powerful cross-cutting solution to not only reduce the emissions within its own industry but also significantly reduce the GHG emissions of other sectors.

With ICTs an essential part of the ongoing global discussion, come to our side-event on Wednesday to find out:

-- How ICTs can provide solutions to reduce the GHG emissions produced by other sectors of the economy.

-- How ICTs can help developing countries to adapt to climate change.

-- Why ICTs are essential in measuring climate change.

-- How ICTs can help mitigate disasters and emergencies

-- What cost savings can be leveraged by applying ICTs to global infrastructure and industry.

-- How the ICT industry could help reduce global emissions by as much as 15 per cent by 2020.

Practical information:

What: Side-event on ICTs and Climate Change: Finding Solutions

When: 10.00-12.30, Wednesday 10 December

Where: Conference Room 1, World Trade Center, Poznan, Poland

Organizers: ITU -- the UN specialized agency for ICTs -- in partnership with Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) and the European Business Council for Sustainable Energy (e5)

Website: http://www.itu.int/themes/climate/events/2008-12-10.html

List of speakers:

Mr. Houlin Zhao, Deputy Secretary-General of ITU
Mr. Luis Neves, GeSI Chairman
Mr. Sebastian Gallehr, Chief Executive Director, e5 European Business Council for Sustainable Energy
Mr. Bjorn Stigson, President of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
Dr. Ignacio Campino, Senior Executive Vice President and Representative of the Board of Management for Sustainability and Climate Protection, Deutsche Telekom
Dr. Chris Tuppen, Chief Sustainability Officer, BT Group
Mr. Joaquim Croca, Corporate Responsibility Executive, Vodafone
Mr. Pierre Delforge, Manager, Energy and Climate Strategy, HP
Mr. Shailendra Mudgal, Senior Vice President, BIO Intelligence Service
Ms. Cristina Bueti, Policy Analyst, ITU

Information about this side event can be found here or by contacting us at climate@itu.int

Find out more on ITU's actvities on climate change.

Friday, December 05, 2008 6:59:06 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, December 03, 2008
ITU Secretary-General speaks at the Opening Session of the Internet Governance Forum in Hyderabad, India

At the 2008 Internet Governance Forum (3-6 December, Hyberabad, India) ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré, presented the latest ITU activities and achievements in this domain. He also underlined the most critical issues to be addressed in the future.

 

Wednesday, December 03, 2008 2:53:42 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, November 28, 2008
The Lyon Conference for Digital Solidarity asks ITU Secretary-General to forward the final declaration of the Conference to the WSIS + 3 meeting held in Hammamet this week.

The Lyon Conference for Digital Solidarity was held in Lyon on 24 November 2008 at the invitation of President Nicolas Sarkozy, on a proposal made by the President of Senegal, Abdoulaye Wade, and under the French presidency of the European Union. The Conference concluded with a final declaration recalling the importance of bridging the digital divide to help achieving the UN Millenium Development Goals. This final declaration asks the ITU Secretary-General to forward the document to the WSIS + 3 meeting taking place in Hammamet, Tunisia, on 27-28 November 2008.  

Friday, November 28, 2008 11:47:06 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, November 14, 2008
HLS-08 concludes with ITU Secretary-General's Declaration on Cybersecurity and Climate Change

The 63rd Session of ITU Council opened with a High-Level Segment, 12−13 November 2008. The meeting was inaugurated by two Heads of State, H.E. Mr Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, and H.E. Mr Blaise Compaoré, President of Burkina Faso, as well as by United Nations Secretary-General Mr Ban Ki-moon via video message. It was attended by some 400 participants, 21 Ministers, Ambassadors and heads of regulatory organizations and UN agencies. The High-Level Segment concluded on 13 November 2008 with a Declaration by ITU Secretary-General, Dr Hamadoun Touré.

Extract from Dr Touré's Declaration:

"Cybersecurity is one of the most important challenges of our time. The rapid growth of ICT networks has enabled opportunists to exploit online vulnerabilities and attack countries’ critical infrastructure...

... Climate change is another profound challenge that is at work, transforming the face of the world. Whatever the underlying cause, at current rates of extinction, scientists predict that two-thirds of all bird, mammal, butterfly, and plant species will be extinct by the end of this century...
"

 

Friday, November 14, 2008 2:18:42 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Media Advisory: High-level intervention on ICTs and Climate Change and Cybersecurity

Press conference with Presidents of Burkina Faso and Rwanda

What: High-level meeting on Climate Change and ICTs and Cybersecurity: Press conference
When: 12 November 2008 at 11 am
Where: ITU Headquarters, Place des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
Why: Climate Change:

    1. Combating Climate Change through information and communication technologies (ICT)
    2. Adapting to Climate Change: The Role of Emergency Telecommunications

Cybersecurity:

  1. Managing cyberthreats through harmonized policies and organizational structures
  2. Addressing the technical and legal challenges of the borderless nature of cybercrime
  3. Protect children online: New ITU initiative to safeguard the most vulnerable users of the Internet
  4. ITU Global Cybersecurity Agenda: Towards an International Roadmap

Who:

  • President of Burkina Faso H.E. Mr Blaise Compaoré
  • President of Rwanda H.E. Mr Paul Kagame
  • ITU Secretary-General, Dr Hamadoun Touré

Some 25 Ministers and leading policy makers, regulators and UN agencies will attend. See programme: www.itu.int/council/C2008/hls/programme.html

Read the Media Advisory...

 

Tuesday, November 04, 2008 5:31:14 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Sunday, November 02, 2008
ICT to Steer Economic Growth and Climate Change

ITU has called for increased emphasis on key areas that could drive economic growth including Information Communications Technology- ICTs and climate change.

The suggestion came at the end of the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly held in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The meeting resolved to recognize that ICTs can be a major mitigating factor in efforts to moderate climate change and to limit and ultimately reduce green house gas - GHG emissions across all industry sectors.

Read more...

Find out more about ITU's activities on climate change.

Sunday, November 02, 2008 11:06:58 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, October 31, 2008
Closing of WTSA 2008, 30 October 2008: ITU Secretary-General summarizes the Assembly's main achievements

Photo: Dr Hamadoun I. Touré, ITU Secretary-GeneralIn his closing speech, Dr Hamadoun I. Touré summarized the key achievements of ITU's World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly 2008, held in Johannesburg, South Africa:

"...Ladies and Gentlemen I would like to list for you some of the Assembly’s notable achievements:

  • It is the first time we have had a WTSA in Africa…
  • The first time we have had an exhibition
  • We have been honoured by the presence of the highest number of Ministers and Vice Ministers of any WTSA
  • We have seen the highest number of documents
  • And, the highest number of new Resolutions adopted
  • It is the first time that we have had a woman chairman
  • And the first time that we have invited students
  • We have achieved a restructuring of the sector that takes into account market realities and allows for greater efficiency in our work and keep ITU-T as the leading standardization body in the world.
  • We have achieved a strengthening of the resolve of ITU to bridge the standardization gap, what a new opportunity we have created.
  • And a fine tuning of working methods
  • We have adopted key Resolutions on:
    • ICTs and climate change
    • Accessibility to ICTs for persons with disabilities
    • Conformance and interoperability testing and possible future ITU-Mark
    • Encouraging academic participation \
    • Encouraging sector members from developing countries
    • Studies regarding nomadic telecommunication services and applications
    • The creation of national Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs), particularly for Developing countries... "

 

Friday, October 31, 2008 4:28:33 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
ITU Press Release: World Assembly heralds new era in setting global ICT standards

Photo: Malcolm Johnson WTSA-08Geneva, 31 October 2008 — The World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-08) drew to a close yesterday in Johannesburg, South Africa with decisions on a wide range of issues that will impact the future direction of the information and communication technology (ICT) industry.

ITU members, spanning the global ICT industry and administrations from across the world, asked for increased emphasis on key areas such as ICTs and climate change, the deployment of IPv6, accessibility to ICTs for persons with disabilities, conformance and interoperability testing, and encouraging academic participation in ITU’s work.

Malcolm Johnson, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) said in his closing speech, "We have received a strong message from our members that ITU is, and will remain the world’s pre-eminent global telecommunication and ICT standards body. And we also hear very clearly that ITU should continue on its mission to connect the world, and that bridging the standardization gap — by increasing developing country participation in our work — is an essential prerequisite to achieve this goal."... [Read more...]

Friday, October 31, 2008 4:05:54 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, October 29, 2008
High Level Segment of ITU Council 2008 (Geneva, 12-13 November) will focus on climate change and cybersecurity

The High-Level Segment (HLS) follows the opening of Council and is designed to provide Ministers and Councillors with an opportunity to exchange views on issues of strategic importance to the Union and on emerging trends in the sector.

This year, speakers will offer their perspectives on different topics around two main themes: Climate Change and ICTs and Cybersecurity
 

Further details on sessions and speakers available in the High Level Segment 2008 Programme

Find out more about ITU's actvities on climate change

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 9:53:43 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, October 23, 2008
African Nations Urged to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emission

The Global Standards Symposium that ended in Johannesburg, South Africa has called for measures to limit the emission of greenhouse gases using information communications technology.

African governments were urged to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and their carbon footprints while ensuring that the expansion of the global communications network is done in an environmentally friendly manner.

ITU Focus Group on Climate Change was also asked to research into the impacts of Information Communications Technology - ICTs on the reduction of greenhouse gas - GHG emissions.

Malcolm Johnson, ITU-T Director,  noted that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had underscored the need for ITU to play a significant role in addressing climate change terming it the moral challenge of our times. "Industry is faced with probably its biggest ever challenge but also its biggest ever opportunity in terms of corporate social responsibility. There is the challenge for the ICT industry to limit its own emissions, but also the opportunity to maximize its potential to help other sectors reduce their emissions. This could make for a tremendously good news story for the ICT industry," said Johnson.

Find more about ITU actvities on climate change.

Thursday, October 23, 2008 7:04:52 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Global Standards Symposium Meets in Johannesburg

The first-ever Global Standards Symposium concluded yesterday in Johannesburg, South Africa, with broad agreement on the need to take aggressive action to streamline standards work and end the duplication of efforts within the sector. The one-day symposium brought together government ministers, diplomats, senior executives from the private sector and lead officials from other standards bodies.

Opening the Symposium, ITU standards chief Malcolm Johnson noted that without global standards the ICT world would be a very different place. "Imagine a world with no Internet or no telephone calling from one side of the world to the other. Literally thousands of standards pin together this framework of technologies that keeps the world's businesses and consumers connected," Johnson said, adding that clarity and efficiency must be brought to bear as the standardization scenario gets more complex by the day.

"We must ensure we all pull together and avoid duplication of effort and waste our increasingly limited resources. Even large organizations are having difficulty resourcing this effort, so how can small organizations, especially from developing countries, hope to play a role?"

Addressing Global Challenges

Participants at the Global Standards Symposium also addressed ICTs and climate change, increasing developing country participation in the standardization process, and accessibility to ICTs for persons with disabilities. Delegates were called on to set an example by committing to specific programs to limit their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduce their carbon footprint and help ensure that the expansion of the global communications network is done in an environmentally friendly manner.

The importance of the work of the ITU Focus Group on Climate Change was recognized; in particular the need for a standardized approach to measuring the impact of ICTs on the reduction of GHG emissions. Malcolm Johnson noted that U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had underlined ITU's role in addressing climate change.

 "From a standardization perspective, ITU has already produced a checklist for standards authors to ensure climate change is taken into account in the development of our standards," Johnson said. "Industry is faced with probably it's biggest ever challenge but also its biggest every opportunity in terms of corporate social responsibility. There is the challenge for the ICT industry to limit its own emissions, but also the opportunity to maximize its potential to help other sectors reduce their emissions. This could make for a tremendously good news story for the ICT industry."

Read more...

Find out more about ITU's actvities on climate change and the Global Standards Symposium

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 8:03:55 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, October 21, 2008
ITU Secretary-General opens World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly 2008 in Johannesburg

Photo: ITU Secretary-General, Dr Hamadoun I. TouréAt the opening of the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly 2008 (WTSA-08) on 21 October, ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré recalled the importance of standards for international communications and global trade: "Globalisation requires global standards, and a global standards body like ITU clearly has an increasing role to play. Global standards avoid costly market battles over preferred technologies, and for companies from emerging markets, they create a level playing field which provides access to new markets" Dr Touré said.

WTSA is a quadrennial event where ITU members decide on the direction of ITU’s standardization work for the next four years.

 

 

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 1:37:31 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, October 20, 2008
ITU News magazine - issue 8, October 2008: World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly 2008

Issue 8, October 2008: World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly 2008

  • Global standardization in the spotlight
  • Welcome to South Africa
  • Emmy Award for ITU, ISO and IEC
  • Expectations for WTSA-08
  • Kaleidoscope 2009 - Call for papers on Innovations for Digital Inclusion
  • The Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG)
  • Combating climate change
  • More Internet addresses required
  • Ubiquitous sensor networks
  • Internet protocol television
  • Highlights from ITU TELECOM ASIA 2008
  • MoU signed by ITU and Geneva’s Observatoire Technologique
  • Official announcements
Monday, October 20, 2008 8:02:16 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, October 17, 2008
World Summit of Regions to be held in Saint Malo, France (29-30 October 2008)

While France has made energy and climate one of the priorities of its Presidency of the European Union and the UN is preparing a new global climate conference to take place in December in Poznañ, the Regional Council of Brittany and the international nrg4SD network will bring together, in Saint-Malo, 450 representatives of Regions, States, the European Union, NGOs, civil society and several UN agencies. The United Nations has expressed specific interest in this proactive and innovative regional-scale approach for the first time. 

Find out more about World Summit of Regions.

Find out more about ITU's activities on climate change.

Friday, October 17, 2008 12:01:33 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, October 03, 2008
Different business strategies for WiMAX deployments

Business News Americas conducted an insightful interview with Aptilo Networks' CEO Torbjorn Ward. Aptilo Networks, a Swedish vendor of integrated service management and access control solutions for WiMAX networks, is witnessing considerable growth in WiMAX markets in the Caribbean and South American regions.

Speaking from the WiMAX World conference in Chicago earlier this week, Ward noted that the business case for WiMAX in developing markets is very different to that in developed markets. In developing nations, wireless infrastructure is deployed to provide voice and Internet coverage to remote areas lacking fixed-line infrastructure. While mobile penetration is often high, broadband penetration is typically very low. In developed markets, WiMAX operators are pushing the concept of advanced 4G connectivity.

On the debate about whether WiMAX or LTE will prove more dominant, Ward observed "this not a horse race in which there is going to be a winner or loser". He noted that there are a variety of technologies competing to provide fixed broadband to the home (such as DSL over copper or fiber and cable).  Ward suggested that LTE is the obvious migration path for mobile operators, while WiMAX may appeal more to greenfield operators. "Who is winning [between cable or wireline operators]?  If you are a cable operator you can only work with cable and if you're a wireline operator you can only work with DSL," Ward said. "My point is that's exactly the same thing when it comes to WiMax and GSM and LTE. If you're a GSM operator, you can offer that over mobile broadband and later LTE. If you're not a GSM license holder, you can offer WiMAX".

Ward quoted Ron Resnick, president of the WiMAX Forum, as stating that there are 1,700 WiMAX licenses in the process of being issued worldwide, in addition to the 300-400 WiMAX operators already active today.

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Friday, October 03, 2008 8:00:18 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, September 29, 2008
World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly 2008, Setting the standardization future for ICT

Standards for ICTs underpin the Internet and the global telecommunications network. No call is made or message exchanged without the use of ITU standards. As the only international intergovernmental standards organization, ITU is hosting WTSA and GSS to set the stage for the future development of ICT.
The Global Standards Symposium (GSS) is a first-ever one day event (20 October 2008) designed to focus on key standardization issues in the ICT world, such as bridging the digital divide, climate change, accessibility, and the proliferation of standards bodies. GSS will provide inputs to the landmark World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-08) that follows immediately (21-30 October 2008).

Monday, September 29, 2008 7:27:34 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Saturday, September 13, 2008
ITU TELECOM Asia 2008 - Interview with ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Toure

Video: Interview with ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré is interviewed by Tony Poulos from TelecomTV on the theme of ITU Telecom Asia 2008: New Generation, New Values.

Dr Touré explains how Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), being the tools for all other sectors of economy, are key to achieving United Nations Millennium Development Goals by 2015. Other subjects such as climate change and cybersecurity are also discussed in the course of the interview. [Full video interview...]

 

Saturday, September 13, 2008 8:22:32 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, September 08, 2008
GSMAP 2008: One in two of the world’s inhabitants have access to a mobile phone

The Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union, Dr Hamadoun I. Touré , highlighted at the GSMA Asia-Pacific Conference (Colombo, Sri Lanka, 7-10 September 2008), that in August last year we surpassed the milestone of three billion mobile phone subscriptions and today, one in two of the world's inhabitants have access to a mobile phone. Mobile cellular subscribers are likely to reach the 4 billion mark before the end of this year.

ITU is working closely with the GSMA under a Memorandum of Understanding signed at the 7th Global Symposium for Regulators in Dubai last year. This project aims strengthening cooperation and improving access to mobile phone services to bridge the digital divide in least developed and developing nations. It concentrates on three key areas: supporting developing market projects for low-cost access to ICTs in underserved areas; industry and government cooperation; and benchmarking of the global industry, on the basis of a close monitoring of the markets.

Monday, September 08, 2008 3:18:24 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, September 05, 2008
ITU TELECOM ASIA 2008 closes with bullish outlook for ICT industry: Baton passes from Bangkok to Geneva for ITU TELECOM WORLD 2009

ITU TELECOM ASIA 2008 brought the shutters down in Bangkok with a focus on new business opportunities to sustain growth in the dynamic ICT industry in the Asia-Pacific region as well as on the younger generation of users and innovators.

With over two billion telephones, including 1.4 billion mobile subscribers, and 42 per cent of the world’s Internet users, Asia is a region of superlatives in the ICT arena. It is also the world’s largest broadband market with a 39 per cent share of the world’s total at the end of 2007, as noted in ITU’s 2008 Asia Pacific Telecommunications and ICT Indicators Report that was launched at the event. ‘New Generation, New Values’, the theme of ITU TELECOM ASIA 2008 addressed the demands of a young population that is clearly setting the tone for a new generation of ICT developers and development.

Over 170 exhibitors from around the world occupied some 15 000 square meters of covered space at the IMPACT Centre, a modern convention and exhibition complex on the outskirts of Bangkok. Business was brisk with trade visitors and exhibitors meeting on the show floor as well as in the national pavilions of China, France, Korea (Republic of), Japan, Russia, Thailand and the United States.

"Business as usual" was the common refrain among all participants at ITU TELECOM ASIA 2008, despite the developing political situation in Thailand. While news reports of the unfolding scenario kept some foreign participants from attending, which resulted in lower numbers of visitors than expected, the IMPACT Centre as well as most of Bangkok city appeared unaffected. The Forum Halls were full to overflowing and the trade show bustled with activity. [More...]

Friday, September 05, 2008 12:30:06 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, September 04, 2008
ITU’s Global Cybersecurity Agenda housed in Malaysia - Centre to combat cyber threats established near Kuala Lumpur

ITU concluded an agreement with the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber-Terrorism (IMPACT) to operationalize the ITU Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA). IMPACT’S state-of-the-art global headquarters in Cyberjaya, Kuala Lumpur will be the home of ITU’s Global Cybersecurity Agenda.

The collaboration between ITU and IMPACT is aimed at building synergies to provide:

  • Real-time analysis, aggregation and dissemination of global cyber threat information
  • Early warning system and emergency response to global cyber threats
  • Training and skills development on the technical, legal and policy aspects of cybersecurity

The agreement is in line with the decision of the World Summit on the Information Society to build security and confidence in the use of information and communication technologies (ICT). The Summit also called for the coordination of multi-stakeholder implementation of information exchange, creation of knowledge, sharing of best practices, and assistance in developing public/private partnerships.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed in Bangkok during ITU TELECOM ASIA 2008 by ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré and Chairman of the IMPACT Management Board Mr Mohammad Noor Amin. [More...]

 

Thursday, September 04, 2008 12:27:00 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, September 02, 2008
ITU TELECOM ASIA opens in Bangkok: Global leader in ICT, Asia focuses on younger generation of ICT users and innovators
ITU TELECOM ASIA 2008 opened its doors today in Bangkok, Thailand unveiling an array of leading edge information and communication technologies (ICT) as well as a high-profile Forum focused on today’s connected generation and sustainable new business models for growing the ICT sector.

This followed the formal opening yesterday by HRH Princess of Thailand Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. In her opening address, the Princess stated, "ITU TELECOM ASIA 2008 is the leading showcase of the latest technology innovation of the ICT industry within the Asia-Pacific region. I sincerely hope that ITU TELECOM ASIA 2008 will provide benefits for the advancement of ICT as well as telecommunication towards the people sector, business, trade and investment, and promote collaboration within the Asia-Pacific region and beyond."

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn is renowned for her expertise in information technology and for applying it in the development of her country. She visited the TELECOM ASIA Exhibition show floor and expressed her deep interest in the technologies, applications and services on display. ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré presented the ITU Award for Connecting the World to the Princess in recognition of her exceptional contribution in promoting ICTs in Thailand and around the world.

The Prime Minister of Thailand, Mr Samak Sundaravej introduced the salient features of ITU TELECOM ASIA 2008 at the royal opening ceremony. [More...]

Tuesday, September 02, 2008 12:45:42 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, August 28, 2008
ITU TELECOM ASIA 2008 - Youth Forum participants to get free laptops: One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) donates 100 computers to ITU

Young participants at ITU TELECOM ASIA 2008 in Bangkok, Thailand are set to receive free laptops at the opening of the Youth Forum on 31 August.

The gift of the computers is part of ITU's initiative to promote affordable devices to increase access to ICT. ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré said, "ITU is committed to connecting the world. And to achieve this goal, affordable devices have to be made available for people everywhere to access the benefits of a knowledge-based Information Society." [More...]

Thursday, August 28, 2008 8:53:12 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, August 27, 2008
ITU Secretary-General opens the 4th International Symposium on Telecommunications in Tehran, Iran

Dr Touré talks about ITU's technical leadership, its current standardization priorities as well as its policy-making activities.

"... As the broker of global consensus on the technologies and frameworks that will underpin the next wave of innovation, ITU is active in every facet of ICT development, from access networks, transmission, next generation networks and broadband, to billing and numbering, satellite systems and of course wireless, which continues to notch up exponential growth while expanding its reach into new areas.

In 2007, ITU-T alone produced over 160 new and revised standards, covering everything from core public phone network functionality to next-generation services like IPTV.

And to meet the needs of an industry where today’s breakthrough technology quickly becomes yester-year’s legacy installation, we’ve dramatically streamlined our processes, paring back the average development time for an ITU Recommendation from four years in 1988 to around just one year today.

The pace of work continues to accelerate: 13% more ITU-T Recommendations were approved in 2007 than in 2006, and, with the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly set to kick off in Johannesburg, South Africa in October, this year’s achievement is already set to be higher still.

In September last year, to promote and enhance worldwide access to globally-agreed ITU Recommendations, we also took the radical step of making over 3,000 core ITU standards downloadable directly over the Internet, free of charge. As hoped, this move has been particularly beneficial to developing countries, which downloaded over 300,000 copies of ITU-T standards in 2007.

Looking ahead, priority areas of focus include Next Generation Networks, multimedia codecs, digital identity management systems, fast broadband platforms, and of course the next wave in cellular mobile, which is being developed under the auspices of our IMT-Advanced project..." [Full speech...]

Wednesday, August 27, 2008 4:05:56 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, August 20, 2008
ITU TELECOM ASIA 2008 set for Bangkok, 2-5 September - ITU Asia-Pacific Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Report will be released on 1 September

ITU TELECOM ASIA 2008 is set to open in Bangkok, Thailand in two weeks. The leading showcase for information and communication technologies (ICT) and the foremost networking platform for policy makers, regulators and the ICT industry from across the Asia-Pacific region will open its doors 2-5 September 2008 at the IMPACT Convention Centre, Muang Thong Thani, Bangkok.

The VIP/Press Day will be held on 1 September, beginning with the Opening Ceremony at 9:00 am. The Press conference will take place at 12 Noon followed by a Press lunch at 13:00 and a Press tour of the exhibition. A Ministerial round table and high-level dialogue between Ministers and industry leaders will also be held at the venue. The ITU Asia Pacific Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Report will be launched at the Press conference. [More...]

Wednesday, August 20, 2008 8:37:15 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, August 14, 2008
Media Advisory: ITU TELECOM ASIA Forum addresses policy for next-generation networks - New regulatory approaches to match innovation in telecommunication/ICT technology

This ITU TELECOM ASIA 2008 Forum session addresses the theme: Meeting the Needs of Society. Today's modern world of communications is witness to innovative systems that present a host of both opportunities and challenges for public policy frameworks. The current telecommunications regulatory model applies to legacy publicly switched telecommunications networks (PSTN). However, the rapid investment in next-generation networks (NGN) is creating new regulatory issues and challenges, calling for a paradigm shift in ICT regulation.

NGN is a packet-based Internet Protocol (IP) network designed to deliver a full range of services - from broadband Internet to fixed, wireless and mobile voice and data, and even broadcast television -- over a single network with guaranteed quality of service. The imminent replacement of circuit-switched phone systems with the new packet-switched architecture illustrates how regulatory approaches must match innovation. A significant challenge with NGN is matching the right policy and regulatory settings to facilitate migration to NGN and stimulate investment in the new networks. This session will consider the costs and benefits of investing in the still uncharted NGN terrain. [More...]

Thursday, August 14, 2008 11:00:38 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, August 04, 2008
Media Advisory: ITU TELECOM ASIA Forum to address climate change - Business opportunities seen in adopting environment-friendly ICT

Climate change is a global challenge that demands urgent attention. Information and communication technologies (ICT) are vital instruments in monitoring the spread of global warming as well as part of the solution in promoting carbon displacement technologies. At the same time, in an increasingly ‘switched on’ society, ICTs are also becoming a part of the cause of global warming. Although ICTs contribute only an estimated 2.5 per cent of total greenhouse gases, this is set to increase as ICT usage expands globally.

New technologies that increase efficiencies provide opportunities for monitoring and protecting the environment, mitigating the effects of global warming and adapting to climate change. In its commitment to connecting the world, ITU advances a green ICT agenda and leads environment-friendly initiatives to monitor climate change and reduce the carbon footprint of ICT while enabling other sectors to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. [More...]

Monday, August 04, 2008 9:39:10 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, July 21, 2008
ITU TELECOM ASIA Forum to address cybersecurity

TELECOM Forum: Security, Privacy and Trust - Who Protects Whom? And From What?

In an increasingly networked world, achieving cybersecurity and cyberpeace is critically important. Recognizing the magnitude of the issue, the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) called for building confidence and security in the use of ICTs. And ITU, in keeping with its lead role, launched the Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA) to fast-track a global response to enhance cybersecurity.

Considering the major role that ICTs play as an engine of growth in the world economy, the ITU TELECOM Forum in Bangkok, Thailand will address the key issues of security, privacy and trust.

Huge investments have been made worldwide to put government services online, and cross-border collaboration is critical for the effective implementation of those services. Users are often rightly suspicious about technology that aggregates massive amounts of personal data which, in the hands of identity thieves and cyber criminals, could lead to disastrous consequences.

How can the rights and privacy of citizens be safeguarded while still facilitating the convenience of electronic identity systems? What principles have been learned and where should attention be focused? This Forum session at ITU TELECOM ASIA will dig deep to find the answers! [More...]

Monday, July 21, 2008 7:53:13 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Sunday, July 13, 2008
ITU Secretary-General participates in CANTO's 24th Annual Telecommunications Conference and Trade Exhibition on Connect the Caribbean

The Connect the Caribbean event was hosted by the National Telecommunications Provider, Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) and was attended by well over 680 delegates, ten Ministers of Government from around the region and other invited guests from The Bahamas. The theme of this year’s event was “CANTO"- Caribbean Unity through Connectivity and was centered on the Connect the Caribbean (CTC) Initiative of CANTO. The Connect the Caribbean Initiative is the Caribbean’s response to the “Connect the World Initiative”, consistent with the framework of Connect the World project of the ITU. The project will function as a partnership to mobilize the human, financial and technical resources required to bridge major gaps in ICT infrastructure development, enabling a harmonized policy framework and developing relevant and affordable services and applications.

Sunday, July 13, 2008 2:19:10 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, July 07, 2008
ITU TELECOM ASIA 2008 aims at the younger generation - Bangkok, Thailand to focus on new generation values at ICT showcase

ITU TELECOM ASIA 2008, the regional ICT showcase, is set for Bangkok, Thailand from 2 to 5 September. The first such event to be hosted by Thailand, Asia 2008 will promote information and communication technologies (ICT) both globally and within the Asia-Pacific region.

"New Generation, New Values" the theme for ITU TELECOM ASIA 2008 sets the stage for both the Exhibition and the Forum. The Exhibition showcases a comprehensive range of ICT-related products and services, reflecting the ever extending reach of industry. Parallel to individual stands, a number of initiatives are underway to showcase national competitive advantages. Pavilions registered thus far include: China, France, Japan, Korea, Russia, Thailand and USA. ITU TELECOM ASIA 2008 will be held at the modern IMPACT Challenger Centre in Bangkok. As ASIA 2008 coincides with the dates for Bangkok International ICT Expo that has been organized for the last four years by Thailand’s Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT), the entire central hall of the IMPACT Challenger venue is dedicated to showcasing the ICT industry in Thailand.

"Thailand is very supportive of this year’s event and has organized an impressive Pavilion that firmly establishes Thailand as an ICT hub," said ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré. "The location is ideal because of its strategic and geographic situation in the Asia-Pacific region, noting the fast-growing markets in China and India and the huge potential of the rest of the region. At the same time, more developed markets in neighbouring countries continue to embrace cutting edge information and communication technologies." [More...]

Monday, July 07, 2008 9:46:51 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Effective regulatory framework to spur investment in Africa - African ICT regulators and policy makers meet in Dakar

African regulators and policy makers met in Dakar, Senegal to address the challenges of connecting Africa to information and communication technologies (ICT). Achieving connectivity is seen as a catalyst for achieving the broader targets of the Millennium Development Goals.

The ninth Forum on Telecommunication/ICT Regulation and Partnership in Africa was held 4-6 June 2008 in the context of the Connect Africa Summit, which met in Kigali, Rwanda last October.

Opening the Forum, Mr Habib Sy, Minister for Infrastructures, Land Transport, Telecommunications and ICT of Senegal emphasized the importance of establishing a regulatory framework to build a modern and successful Africa perfectly integrated in the information society.

ITU was represented by Mr Yury Grin, Deputy Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau. He highlighted ITU’s role as a facilitator in supporting African countries to establish effective regulatory frameworks. He said the creation of an enabling environment would foster investment and stimulate growth in the ICT sector.

Over 140 delegates from 43 countries attended the Forum. [More...]

Wednesday, July 02, 2008 9:51:33 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré opens the Meeting of the Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group in Geneva, Switzerland

Speech from Dr Hamadoun I. Touré:

Excellencies,

I am pleased to be with you this morning at this especially important TSAG meeting, the last before WTSA in Johannesburg.

As you know ITU's mission is to connect the world. I am proud of the strong resolve that TSAG has shown in supporting this number one goal of ITU.

In my address to TSAG in December last year I laid out the five key priorities that were identified by the new management team.

  • Bridging the digital divide
  • Stewardship of the radio spectrum
  • Adopting international standards to ensure seamless global communications and interoperability
  • Building confidence and security in the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs)
  • Emergency communications.

As a direct result of that last TSAG meeting ICTs and climate change has become an item to add to this list and is now very strongly fixed on our agenda. I am very appreciative of the drive that has come from TSAG and ITU-T on this topic and note with pleasure the excellent outcome of the recent symposiums in Kyoto and London... [Full speech...]

Wednesday, July 02, 2008 6:37:55 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |