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 Friday, 22 October 2010
ITU Plenipotentiary wraps up with broad agreement on core issues

Delegates approve Financial and Strategic plans, reinforce Union’s mandate in development, standards-making and global management of radio frequency resources

Guadalajara, Mexico, 22 October 2010 — ITU’s 18th ITU Plenipotentiary Conference draws to a close today with delegates agreeing on ITU’s essential role in several key areas. ITU’s mandate has been strengthened in bridging the digital divide, strategies to accelerate broadband roll-out, and implementing the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society, and extending its involvement in areas such as better use of information and communication technologies to manage climate change and disaster response; conformance and interoperability; and accessibility for persons with disabilities.

A last minute compromise saw consensus on a number of key Resolutions on Internet issues. The agreements strengthen and underline ITU’s commitment to work with the Internet community and extend the benefits of the Internet to all global citizens.

The Conference also agreed on ITU’s Strategic Plan 2012-2015, and adopted the Financial Plan for the same period. Both will help the Union implement the decisions of the conference during the next four years until the 2014 Plenipotentiary.

ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré told delegates that the Guadalajara conference had been one of the most challenging in the Union’s 145-year history: “I came to this 18th Plenipotentiary Conference with news of the extraordinary progress that had been made in ICT development in the space of just four years,” he said. “I am absolutely confident that when we meet again, in four years’ time, I will be able to report even more dramatic progress. And that this progress will be very much due to the work that has been done here, by you, in Guadalajara.

“ITU will continue to work with our Member States and Sector Members − and indeed stakeholders across the broader ICT sector − to face the changes in the ICT environment; to cooperate with our membership; and to protect the all-important principle of multilateralism and cooperation among the international community in the modern world,” he said.

For full text of press release, see:

Friday, 22 October 2010 18:18:40 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
UN Radio: Jamaica committed to use of ICT to drive development, increase knowledge & meet the challenges of our time

The Plenipotentiary Conference is the key event at which ITU member States decide on the future role of the organization, thereby determining the organization's ability to influence and affect the development of Information and Communication Technologies-ICTs- worldwide. During the plenary session, Jamaica's Minister of State in the Prime -Minister's office Clive Mullings said that Jamaica is committed to the use of information, communication and technology to drive development, increase knowledge and meet the challenges of our time.

He noted that since becoming a member State of the ITU in 1963, Jamaica has been committed to the best use of information and communications technologies for the advancement of Jamaicans and the peoples of the world.

To listen to the full UN Radio report:

Friday, 22 October 2010 18:06:49 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Winners of the iPad competition

Hasan Mahmood Delwar, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission

Shi Yuchun, Ministry of Industry & Information Technology, China

Dr Ali Naser Al-khwildi, Communications & Media Commission, Iraq

iPads donated by:

Friday, 22 October 2010 01:22:03 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Plenipotentiary 2010 in statistics...

-Policy statements from a total of 93 Member State delegations.

-Over 2,500 delegates registered from 167 countries at the conference, with over 2,000 delegates coming to Guadalajara – including 130 Ministers, Deputy Ministers and Ambassadors.

-545 meetings held onsite in Guadalajara Expo, dealing with a total of 528 proposals from members during the Conference.

-Over 800 local staff assisting with the event, along with more than 250 ITU staff, including over 70 interpreters.

-More than a thousand shuttle bus journeys have conveyed staff and delegates to and from their hotels.

-Over 35,000 pictures have been taken by ITU photographers, with almost 2,000 being published online and available for download by delegates. Over 100,000 photo views on Flickr.

-28 videos produced which have been watched over 4,000 times on YouTube as well as being broadcast here in Guadalajara Expo. While PP-10 has been on, ITU’s YouTube channel as a whole has just passed a quarter of a million video views.

-Over 1,500 media clippings from Angola to Venezuela and from Armenia to Zambia.

-Over 75,000 visits to the PP-10 website over the past two and a half weeks, and almost half a million page views.

-Over 90,000 hours spent on the Wi-Fi network by almost 2,000 unique Wi-Fi client devices, and over 1,500 unique wired LAN devices.

-Over 200 hours of live broadcast webcasts, representing well over a thousand hours of audio/video archives, considering the six languages used.

-1,500 hours of interpretation and almost six thousand pages of translated documents.

-Less paper than ever before used– saving an estimated printing of just over a million pages!. In terms of greenhouse gases saved, this amounts to over 5 tonnes, or the equivalent of running a typical family car for a whole year.

-15,000 gifts were distributed to PP-10 participants.

Thursday, 21 October 2010 23:54:05 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 21 October 2010
Public policies for persons with disabilities and ICTs
Clara Luz Álvarez, Rapporteur for ITU-D Q20, discusses the importance of taking accessibility into account at the design and production phase of ICT equipment and of public policies/law to enable persons with disabilities with equal opportunity to connect to ICTs:
Thursday, 21 October 2010 17:18:54 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
La tecnología borra límites a discapacidad

Los aparatos actuales pueden ser utilizados por cualquier tipo de usuario sin importar sus capacidades. Ya perfeccionan en Alemania técnica para manipular computadoras y celulares con la mente.

Guadalajara.- El mercado del equipo tecnológico elaborado específicamente para personas con discapacidad está en declive debido a la accesibilidad que hoy ofrecen los dispositivos de tecnología. Desde pantallas touchscreen que ofrecen respuesta auditiva y táctil hasta aparatos que pueden ser controlados por el pensamiento humano, los nuevos productos han borrado la línea que divide al mercado especializado del regular.

Así lo aseguró Reinhard Scholl, de la oficina de Estandarización de Telecomunicaciones de la Unión Internacional de Telecomunicaciones (UIT), quien fue el principal promotor del uso extendido de la tecnología especializada en la Conferencia de Plenipotenciarios de la UIT.

El especialista explicó que la expansión del mercado de los dispositivos enfocados a las personas con discapacidad puede favorecer al total de la humanidad, “según estudios de Estados Unidos, 10 por ciento de la población del mundo tiene algún tipo de discapacidad, pero este porcentaje aumenta debido a que cualquier persona, con el paso del tiempo, sufrirá de discapacidades y afectaciones ocasionadas por la edad”. En este contexto, consideró que los costos de los dispositivos disminuirán.

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Thursday, 21 October 2010 16:57:05 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Future conferences, assemblies and forums of the Union (2011 2014)

The conference noted that the dates for the next Radiocommunication Assembly (RA) have been set for 16‑20 January 2012, and those for the next World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) for 23 January - 17 February 2012. It agreed on the  schedule of future conferences, assemblies and forums for the years 2011-2014 as shown below:

-World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA): November 2012;
-World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT): November 2012;
-World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC): March-April 2014;
-Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-14): to be held in Korea (Republic of).

These events should be held within the periods. However,  the precise dates and places, where not already decided, will be set by the Council after consultation of the Member States, leaving sufficient time between the various conferences. Their exact  duration will  be decided by the Council after their agendas have been established. The conference emphasized that the dates and durations of  RA‑12 and WRC-12, for which the agendas have been  established must not be modified.

Thursday, 21 October 2010 02:45:31 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
New Resolution: Role of telecommunications/ICTs on climate change and the protection of the environment

This new resolution seeks to establish a sound basis for ITU’s work surrounding the role of telecommunications/ICT in climate change and the protection of the environment. Recognizing existing Council and World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC) resolutions on ICTs and climate change, it acknowledges that ICTs contribute to greenhousegGas (GHG) emissions, but also play an important role in tackling climate change and protecting the environment.

The resolution notes the body of existing work carried out by ITU-T on methodologies for evaluating the energy efficiency of ICT equipment and monitoring their impact and effects on climate change. It also acknowledges ITU-R’s leadership in studying the use of radiocommunication systems and remote sensing applications to improve climate monitoring, disaster prediction and relief, as well as the work done by ITU-D in this domain.

ITU is called upon to continue demonstrating  its leadership and developing its activities in this area, including through workshops, seminars, training courses and best practice guidelines. ITU should promote awareness of the environmental issues surrounding telecommunication/ICT equipment and encourage energy efficiency in the design and  manufacture of such equipment to promote a clean and safe environment. The Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB) should continue its work on evaluation methodologies for energy efficiency and the GHG emissions of ICTs. ITU should also provide assistance to developing countries to strengthen their human and institutional capacity for tackling and adapting to climate change, including disaster management planning.

The Resolution invites ITU’s membership - its Member States, Sector Members and Associates – to contribute to the work of ITU as well as the broader UN process on climate change. It asks ITU’s broader membership to take the necessary measures to reduce the effects of climate change by developing and using more energy-efficient ICT devices, applications and networks and to promote recycling and the reuse of ICT equipment. It also calls upon them to continue or initiate public and private programmes including ICTs and climate change, while giving due consideration to relevant ITU initiatives. It is hoped that this Resolution will help pave the way for ITU’s work in the area of ICTs and climate change, one of the biggest challenges facing mankind, and indeed the planet, today.

Thursday, 21 October 2010 02:44:18 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
New Resolution: ITU’s role in child online protection

In response to considerable concern about how best to protect vulnerable children and youth online, this new resolution seeks to establish a mandate for ITU’s work and activities in this area, pursuant to the existing ITU Council resolutions. It recognizes the diverse nature of access to ICTs and the increasingly widespread use of ICTs by children, at times without control or guidance. It acknowledges the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) outcome documents, which recognized the role of ICTs in enhancing the development of children and as a tool to achieve international development goals, such as the  Millennium Development Goals.

The Resolution encourages ITU to continue its Child Online Protection (COP) initiative as a platform to raise awareness and educate stakeholders in this vital issue. It also requests the ITU Council to continue its Council Working Group on child online protection - in the discussions relating to this resolution, a large number of Member States indicated their support for the continuation of the Council Working Group. It encourages the ITU Secretary-General to coordinate ITU activities with other initiatives at the national, regional and international levels, as well as bringing this resolution to the attention of the UN Secretary-General with the aim of increasing the  commitment of the UN system in child online protection.

Thursday, 21 October 2010 02:43:00 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Resolution 123: Bridging the standardization gap between developed and developing countries

This resolution seeks to establish a clear basis for ITU’s activities to help bridge the standardization gap. It acknowledges that technological realities and needs vary from country to country and region to region. However, persistent concerns have arisen over developing countries’ ability to participate in ITU’s standardization activities, and it notes that major disparities in knowledge and management of standards remain between developed and developing countries. The resolution suggests that this standardization and ‘knowledge gap’ may potentially arise through lack of awareness of standardization activities, difficulties in accessing information, lack of training or lack of financial resources to engage in travel.

In order to help overcome divides in participation, knowledge and management of standards, the resolution asks the ITU Secretary-General and the Directors of the three ITU Bureaux to work closely with each other on this issue and to step up actions to reduce the standardization gap. It resolves that close coordination should be maintained among the three Sectors at the regional level, involving ITU’s regional offices. ITU is encouraged to identify means and support for the participation of representatives of developing countries in its meetings and to report on its follow-up. ITU Member States and Sector Members are invited to make both financial and in-kind contributions to support ITU’s actions and help boost the fund for bridging the standardization gap. This resolution provides a sound basis for helping boost the participation of developing countries in ITU’s standardization activities.

Thursday, 21 October 2010 02:42:09 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
New decision: Free on-line access to ITU Publications

The conference carefully  examined the proposals from Member States with regard to the free on-line access policy on ITU publications. They considered this as an issue of high importance. The decision reached  on 21 October  is not only of a financial nature, but also more of a strategic dimension for ITU’s  work, the conference underlined. In his report to the conference, Bruce Gracie, who chaired Committee 6, where the issue was widely debated , said: “The adverse impact on ITU’s  revenue has to balance with the increased visibility that the free online policy is providing”. Free access to ITU-T Recommendations was recognized as being an outstanding achievement for international telecommunications, and members advocated for the adoption of a symmetrical approach across ITU. The ITU secretariat had explained, during the debates,  that the estimated loss over a four-year  period  would be  CHF 1.2 million. According to the new decision,  free online access will be provided for ITU-R Recommendations, ITU-R Reports, the Basic Texts of the Union and the Final Acts of Plenipotentiary Conferences to the general public on a permanent basis. The Decision also instructs the Secretary-General to prepare a report on the revenue of sales of ITU Publications, software and databases, and to present this report to Council 2011.

Thursday, 21 October 2010 02:41:07 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Human exposure to and measurement of electromagnetic fields

The ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) and the ITU Telecommunications Sector (ITU-T) are collaborating with other expert organizations in work relating to human exposure to electromagnetic fields. ITU has expertise in calculating and measuring the field strength and power density of radio signals, while WHO and the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) have specialized health expertise and competence to assess the impact of radio waves on the human body.

Today the Plenipotentiary Conference adopted a new resolution that will spur ITU work in this area to assist national administrations, particularly in developing countries. ITU will collect and disseminate information on exposure to electromagnetic fields, and on methods of measuring exposure.

Regional seminars and workshops will be held to build human capacity, and Member States are expected to share their expertise and resources. The Council and the next Plenipotentiary Conference will get reports on the matter.

Guidelines on limits of exposure to electromagnetic fields have been established by ICNIRP, the International Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC). The new resolution sets out a complementary role for ITU in supporting Member States in measuring exposure and in related capacity-building.

Thursday, 21 October 2010 02:40:11 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
New Resolution: Conformance and interoperability

The conference decided that ITU will continue to implement Resolution 76 of the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (Johannesburg, 2008) and Resolution 47 (Rev. Hyderabad, 2010), along with the recommendations of the Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau ( TSB), endorsed by the Council at its 2009 session, regarding:

-a conformity assessment programme;
-an interoperability events programme;
-a human resources capacity building;
-recommendations to assist in the establishment of test facilities in developing countries.

This is the thrust of a new resolution just adopted on conformance and interoperability. The resolution emphasizes that this programme of work be implemented in parallel without any delay. The Director TSB is asked to prepare a business plan for the long-term implementation of this resolution.
The programme of work includes building up a pilot database into a fully functioning conformity database. The implementation of the conformity database will take into consideration the outcome and effect on Member States, Sector Members and stakeholders, how it will help bridge the standardization gap, potential liability issues, and the results of the regional ITU conformity and interoperability consultations.

A major part of the programme will be to assist developing countries to establish regional or subregional conformity and interoperability centres that can carry out interoperability testing.

Malcolm Johnson, who was recently re-elected Director of TSB with an overwhelming majority, is called upon to study the possibility of a future ITU Mark programme. This would be a voluntary programme permitting manufacturers and service providers to make a visible declaration that their equipment conforms to ITU-T Recommendations.

The Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) is expected to collaborate with the Director of TSB and Director of BR to advance the implementation of Resolution 47 (Rev. Hyderabad, 2010) and to assist Member States in dealing with the problem of counterfeit equipment. Developing countries, in particular, are worried about counterfeit equipment because it may negatively affect the quality of their telecommunication infrastructure.

Resolution 76 (Johannesburg, 2008) deals with studies related to conformance and interoperability testing, assistance to developing countries, and a possible future ITU Mark programme.

ITU’s ability to assess and recognize conformity and interoperability will be a driver for raising awareness and building capacity in developing countries. BDT will be the focal point for this activity through its global and regional initiatives, including the centres of excellence.

Presenting the report of the Director of TSB to the Working Group of the Plenary where agreement was first reached on the new resolution, R. Scholl said that a major concern raised at WTSA-08 was the lack of conformance and interoperability of equipment being placed on the market, especially in developing countries. To respond to that concern, TSB has developed a pilot conformity database, which is currently available only to ITU members. Entry in the database is voluntary and free of charge. Details of products and services that have been recognized by ITU as being in conformity with ITU-T Recommendations can be listed in the database. Subject to testing, a vendor is entitled to claim recognition of conformity.

ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) held two interoperability events - in July and in September 2010 - to test its IPTV suites of standards, and a third event will take place in December. These events are generating a lot of interest. Also, the mood evident during three regional ITU consultation meetings on conformance assessment and interoperability was of considerable support for Resolution 76 of WTSA-08. The overall consensus was that it would benefit both developing and developed countries if this resolution was implemented without further delay.  In this regard, the resolution adopted in Guadalajara represents an important milestone.

Thursday, 21 October 2010 02:39:03 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Role of administrations of Member States in the management of internationalized (multilingual) domain names

The resolution updates and sets out the role of ITU in relation to the role of administrations of Member States in the management of internationalized domain names (IDNs). It recognizes the need to promote the use of internationalized domain names in order to overcome linguistic barriers to Internet access and recalls previous standardization work done by ITU-T in non-Latin character sets for data transfer globally. Noting that the current domain name system does not fully reflect the diverse and growing language needs of all users and that IDNs should be widely accessible, it instructs the ITU Secretary-General and Directors of the three Bureaux to take an active part in international discussions, initiatives and activities on the deployment and management of internationalized Internet domain names, in cooperation with relevant organizations, including WIPO and UNESCO. It calls upon ITU elected officials to take action to ensure the sovereignty of ITU Member States with regard to ITU-T Recommendation E.164 numbering plans (in whichever application they are used) and to promote the role of the ITU membership in the internationalization of domain names in different language scripts using their specific character sets. Again, it also calls for greater collaboration and coordination between ITU and relevant organizations (including, but not limited to ICANN, the RIRs, the IETF, ISOC and W3C on a reciprocity basis) and awareness-raising at the national and regional levels among interested parties.

Thursday, 21 October 2010 02:37:02 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
ITU's role with regard to international public policy issues pertaining to the Internet and management of Internet resources, including domain names & addresses

This updated resolution complements existing ITU resolutions on ITU’s role in public policy issues (for example, Council Resolution 1305  approved at its  2009 Session). It describes ITU’s role with regard to international public policy issues pertaining to the Internet and recognizes that ITU deals with both technical and policy issues related to IP-based networks, including the existing Internet, future Internet and the evolution to NGN.. According to the Resolution, significant effort has been put in by ITU on ENUM, “.int”, internationalized domain name (IDN), and country code top-level domain (ccTLD) issues through workshops and standardization activities.

The resolution also emphasizes that ITU’s Dedicated Group on Internet-related public policy issues should continue its work. It notes that the Dedicated Group would be more efficient if it became autonomous and directly responsible to the ITU Council, with all three Sectors contributing to its work. On this basis, the Resolution asks that Council makes the Dedicated Group a Council Working Group enjoying open consultation to all stakeholders. (This suggestion remains subject to Council’s approval and endorsement following PP-10).

The resolution instructs the Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB)  to continue performing its role in technical issues and to liaise and cooperate with appropriate entities on issues related to the management of Internet domain names and addresses and other Internet resources (such as IPv6, ENUM and IDNs). It further instructs the Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT)  to organize international and regional forums to discuss policy, operational and technical issues on the management of Internet domain names and addresses and other Internet resources.

This resolution calls for ITU to continue to play a facilitating role in the coordination of international Internet-related public policy issues. Again, significantly, it calls for greater collaboration and coordination between ITU and relevant organizations (including, but not limited to ICANN, the RIRs, the IETF, ISOC and W3C on a reciprocity basis). It instructs the ITU Secretary-General to take a significant role in international discussions and initiatives on the management of Internet domain names and addresses and other Internet resources and for ITU to continue to play a facilitating role in the coordination of international Internet-related public policy issues. It invites ITU membership to participate in discussions in this field, to cooperate with relevant organizations and to contribute to the Dedicated Group and ITU Study Groups on related matters.

Thursday, 21 October 2010 02:36:05 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Updated Resolution: Internet Protocol-based networks

This Resolution revised and updates an existing resolution from Antalya (2006). It considers recent advances in global information infrastructure, including the development of Internet Protocol (IP)-based networks and the Internet, as well as future IP developments and new applications. It also acknowledges various challenges with regard to quality of service, uncertainty of origin (of IP traffic) and the high cost of international connectivity. It recognizes ITU-T’s work on IP‑based network issues, including service interoperability with other telecommunication networks, numbering, signalling requirements and protocol aspects, security and infrastructure component costs, and issues associated with the evolution to next-generation networks (NGN).

The Resolution requests all three Sectors to consider their future work programmes on IP-based networks and on migration to NGN and future networks. It asks ITU-T to continue its collaborative activities with ISOC/IETF and other relevant organizations, in respect of interconnectivity and migration to NGN. It asks ITU to fully embrace the opportunities for telecommunication/ICT development arising from the growth of IP-based services, and to continue its study of international Internet connectivity as an urgent matter. It also encourages ITU to identify clearly the range of Internet-related issues falling within its responsibilities according to its basic texts and the WSIS outcome documents. The Resolution calls on ITU membership to raise awareness at the national, regional and international levels. However, the most significant item in this resolution lies in its call for greater collaboration and coordination between ITU and relevant organizations (including, but not limited to ICANN, the RIRs, the IETF, ISOC and W3C on a reciprocity basis), as well as UNESCO and the Broadband Commission for Digital Development.

Thursday, 21 October 2010 02:34:33 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
New Resolution: Facilitating the transition from IPv4 to IPv6

This new resolution is ITU’s first Plenipotentiary resolution focused on IPv6, and breaks new ground for ITU as it seeks to modernize and adapt its work to Internet Protocol (IP)-based next-generation networks. Considering the imminent exhaustion of IPv4 addresses and that specific actions must be defined for the transition to IPv6, it recognizes the opportunities opened up for the development of ICTs by IPv6 and that the early adoption of IPv6 is the best way forward to avoid scarcity of IP addresses and the follow-on effects of IPv4 address exhaustion.

The resolution seeks to step up the exchange of experiences and information regarding the adoption of IPv6 with all stakeholders and create opportunities for collaborative efforts to support the transition to IPv6. It seeks to assist Member States which require support in the management and allocation of IPv6 resources. It notes the work of the existing IPv6 working group set up by the 2009 Session of Council and asks it to undertake detailed studies of IP address allocation for both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses. It also calls for ITU to study and monitor current allocation mechanisms, identify any flaws arising and communicate proposals for changes to existing policies, if appropriate. It invites Member States to develop specific initiatives at the national level fostering interaction between governmental, private and academic entities and civil society.

Thursday, 21 October 2010 02:33:17 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 20 October 2010
Issue no. 9: PP-10 Highlights

More Decisions

For a summary of the new and updated Resolutions plus those that have been abrogated by the Plenipotentiary Conference, up until 20 October, see Issue no. 9 of the Highlights:

Wednesday, 20 October 2010 18:27:12 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Venezuela es reelecta como miembro del consejo de la Unión Integracional de Telecomunicaciones

Logra el respaldo de 119 países de los 161 miembros, ocupando así, el sexto puesto de la Unión Internacional de Naciones Unidas el cual se realiza en México del 04 al 22 de octubre / La Unión Internacional de Telecomunicaciones es el organismo encargado de coordinar con los gobiernos y el sector privado el desarollo de comunicaciones

La República Bolivariana de Venezuela quedó reelecta como miembro del Consejo "Región A - América" de la Unión Internacional de Telecomunicaciones (UIT), durante la realización de la Conferencia de Plenipotenciarios.

La Delegación venezolana logra el respaldo de 119 países de los 161 miembros, ocupando así, el sexto (6) puesto de la Unión Internacional de Naciones Unidas (ONU) el cual se realiza en la ciudad de Guadalajara, México del 04 al 22 de octubre.

El embajador Trino Díaz durante su intervención presentó la "Declaración Política", en el cual enunció los avances que Venezuela ha alcanzado en materia de "acceso y democratización de las telecomunicaciones" desde 1998, con el "propósito de asegurar el uso de las Tecnologías de la información y comunicación (TIC) como herramientas habilitadoras de conocimiento que han permitido la participación protagónica de nuestra población en su desarrollo socio-económico".

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Wednesday, 20 October 2010 17:56:23 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
New Resolution: Overall review of implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)

This new resolution recalls ITU’s role in implementing the WSIS outcomes, as outlined in Resolution 140 (Rev. Guadalajara, 2010). It also cites Paragraph 111 of the Tunis Agenda, which  requested the United Nations General Assembly to make an overall review of the implementation of WSIS outcomes in 2015. In response to that request, the United Nations General Assembly, in its Resolution 60/252, decided to conduct an overall review of the implementation of the Summit outcomes in 2015.

The new resolution instructs the ITU Secretary-General to initiate consultations with  the United Nations Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) in order to prepare the overall review of implementation of WSIS outcomes in 2015, including the possibility of holding a high-level event in 2014 or 2015. He is also instructed to propose to CEB to make the necessary preparations based on the multi-stakeholder approach; pursue efficient and effective coordination with all stakeholders in preparing the overall review; and report to the Council on the results of this process, for its consideration and decision.
For its part, the Council is instructed, in the light of the results of the Secretary-General’s consultation, to:

- consider and decide on ITU's role in, and contribution to, the overall review process;
- examine ways and means to enhance ITU’s lead role in any relevant preparatory process;
- request the Secretary-General, under the preparatory process, to coordinate with all stakeholders and provide mechanisms, including the possibility of holding open consultations;
- evaluate, at its 2011 session, the financial burden for ITU that might result from its contribution to the preparatory process;
- report to the next Plenipotentiary Conference on preparations for final overall review of the implementation of the WSIS outcomes and formulate proposals for further activities.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010 17:21:12 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Updated Resolutions: Status of Palestine and Assistance & Support for rebuilding its telecoms networks

After negotiations led by the Chairman of the Conference, Fernando Borjón, and ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré and with the active participation of the parties concerned, a compromise was reached with regard to revisions to Resolutions 99 (Rev. Antalya, 2006) on the “status of Palestine” and 125 (Rev. Marrakesh, 2002) on “assistance and support to Palestine for rebuilding its telecommunication networks”.

Resolution 99 has been updated and resolves that, pending any further change in the current status of Palestine as observer in ITU, Palestine shall participate in all ITU conferences, assemblies and meetings and in treaty-making conferences with the following additional rights to what they already have:

-the right to raise points of order;
-the right to co-sponsor proposals;

Palestine shall have the right to attend the Heads of Delegation meetings. It shall also have the right to request the verbatim insertion of any declaration made during the course of a debate.

Assistance and support to Palestine for rebuilding its telecommunication networks
Resolution 125 (Rev. Guadalajara, 2010) first recalls  the  decision of the United Nations General Assembly  to use the designation "Palestine" in the United Nations system. The update considers that  the international community has an important role in assisting Palestine to develop a modern and reliable telecommunication network. It states that a large part of the Palestinian telecommunication infrastructure has been significantly damaged in recent years. Other changes to the resolution call upon Member States to make every effort with a view, among other things, to providing all forms of assistance and support to Palestine, bilaterally or through executive measures taken by ITU, in rebuilding, restoring and developing its telecommunication  network. In this regard, the Council is invited to allocate the necessary funds, within available resources, to  implement the  updated resolution. The Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) is instructed to take appropriate measures, within the mandate of BDT, to facilitate the establishment of international access networks, including terrestrial and satellite stations, submarine cables,  optical fibre and microwave systems.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010 17:13:50 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
New Resolution: Facilitating digital inclusion initiatives for indigenous peoples

The State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (2010) report  contains alarming statistical data on this group in such areas as health, human rights, education and employment. Committee 6 examined the Inter-American proposal on this subject, and requested, following a debate that the proposal be reviewed with a view to improving the Union’s mechanism for granting fellowships. It was argued that the state of indigenous people places them in a situation similar to that of least developed countries, despite the fact that some of them live in developed countries.

ITU is encouraged, through a new resolution entitled "facilitating digital inclusion initiatives for indigenous peoples", to make it easier to grant fellowships to indigenous people as part of the Digital Inclusion Initiative of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D). The aim is to allow indigenous people to attend workshops, seminars, events, and other types of capacity-building events organized by ITU. But the resolution adds the caveat that Member States will have the authority to consider the requests of indigenous people, if and when the country is eligible for fellowship grants. The new resolution also cites Resolution 68 of the World Telecommunication Development Conference (Hyderabad, 2010) on the inclusion of indigenous people in the activities of BDT, requesting ITU to recognize and encourage indigenous people to participate in ITU's work.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010 17:04:48 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
New Resolution: Misuse of information and communication technologies

A new resolution notes the vulnerability of critical national infrastructure and its increasing dependence on information and communication technologies and the threats resulting from the illicit use of these technologies. It says that Illicit use of ICT could have a detrimental impact on a country’s infrastructure, national security, and economic development. The resolution is entitled “ITU's role with regard to international public policy issues relating to the risk of illicit use of information and communication technologies”. It instructs the Secretary-General to take the necessary measures to:

- raise awareness of Member States regarding the adverse impact that may result from the illicit use of information and communication resources.

- maintain the role of ITU to cooperate within its mandate with other United Nations bodies in combating the illicit use of ICT.

The resolution underlines the importance of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). It resolves that ITU in its capacity as facilitator of WSIS Action Line C5 on “building confidence and security in the use of ICT”, will organize meetings of Member States and relevant ICT stakeholders, including geospatial and information service providers, to discuss alternative approaches to solutions in order to address and prevent the illicit application of ICT, while taking into consideration the overall interests of the ICT industry.

The Secretary-General is instructed to collect best practices from Member States on their actions taken to prevent the illicit use of ICT, and provide assistance to those who need it .

Member States and relevant ICT stakeholders are invited to pursue their dialogue at the regional and national levels in order to find mutually acceptable solutions. They should also provide the support needed to implement this resolution.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010 16:59:18 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
New Resolution: Accessibility for people with disabilities, including age-related disabilities

A new resolution sets out ways for ITU to mainstream people with disabilities in all its work. Entitled “Telecommunication/information and communication technology accessibility for persons with disabilities, including age-related disabilities”, the resolution recognizes a number of international agreements. These include the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which requires States Parties to adopt appropriate measures to provide access for persons with disabilities - on an equal basis with others - to ICT, emergency services and Internet service; Resolution 70 of the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (Johannesburg, 2008), Resolution 58 of the World Telecommunication Development Conference (Hyderabad, 2010); the Tunis Commitment, made at the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (Tunis, 2005), and the Phuket Declaration on Tsunami Preparedness for Persons with Disabilities. 

The World Health Organization estimates that ten per cent of the world's population (more than 650 million people) are people with disabilities. This percentage may increase because of the greater availability of medical treatment, enabling sick or injured people live longer. Increased life expectancy in general means that there are more elderly people with the disabilities that come with age. Also, people may acquire disabilities through accidents, wars and the circumstances of poverty.

ITU is already collaborating with external entities and bodies concerned with this subject, and adopt a comprehensive action plan to extend access to telecommunication/ICT to people with disabilities. The experiences, views and opinions of people with disabilities have to be taken on board when developing and progressing ITU work.

The Secretary-General and Directors of the Bureaux will have to coordinate accessibility-related activities between the ITU-T, ITU-R, ITU-D, and ensure that the needs of persons with disabilities are taken into account. Of course, the financial implications of providing access will need to be considered. Within ITU, it may be possible to expand the fellowship programme to enable delegates with disabilities to participate in the work of the Union. Another useful step will be to identify, document and disseminate examples of best practices among ITU Member States and Sector Members.

Member States and Sector Members can help by developing guidelines to enhance the accessibility, compatibility and usability of telecommunication/ICT services, products and terminals. They can also introduce telecommunication/ICT services that are appropriate for people with disabilities, both in terms of technology and cost.

Reports on this matter will be submitted to the ITU Council and to the next Plenipotentiary Conference. A special trust fund has been set up by ITU to support activities relating to this resolution, and Member States and Sector Members are invited to contribute.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010 16:57:16 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Entretien vidéo avec le Directeur-élu du BDT, Brahima Sanou

Le Directeur-élu du BDT de l’UIT, Brahima Sanou, aborde les principaux défis qui devra relever le Bureau de développement des  télécommunications. Il souhaite souligner l’importance de l’investissement, partager les bonnes pratiques et l’expérience

Wednesday, 20 October 2010 00:58:08 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Video interview with François Rancy, Director-elect for ITU BR

Director-elect for ITU's Radiocommunication Bureau, François Rancy, outlines the main challenges for the radiocommunication sector and discusses the attraction of the UHF band:

Wednesday, 20 October 2010 00:10:55 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 19 October 2010
Dr Touré shares his focus for ITU during the next 4 years

With the re-election in Guadalajara of myself as Secretary-General, Houlin Zhao as Deputy Secretary-General and Malcolm Johnson as Director of TSB, and the fresh election of François Rancy as Director of BR and Brahima Sanou as Director of BDT, we now have a powerful management team in place to carry out the Union’s work from 2011 to 2014.

We have a strong mandate from membership, and we have much to achieve over the next four years. We will therefore be counting on the continuing efforts of each and every member of ITU staff, as well as our Sector and Associate Members, to deliver on the promises made at the Plenipotentiary Conference in Guadalajara.

We will need to be productive, efficient and effective in our daily work if we are to meet our goals, and I am confident that the spirit of cooperation and partnership which has seen our great Union stay proud through the past 145 years will see us chart our way safely through the coming four years.

For full text plus video interview, see:

Tuesday, 19 October 2010 19:04:04 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Updated Resolution: Next-generation network deployment in developing countries

Next-generation networks (NGN) are important - indeed essential - for all countries, especially the developing ones, as proposals to the Guadalajara Conference underlined. Resolution 137 (Rev. Guadalajara, 2010) on “next-generation network deployment in developing countries” has been revised to reflect the outcomes of the World Telecommunication Development Conference, held in Hyderabad, India, in May-June 2010 (WTDC-10); the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly, held in Johannesburg , South Africa, in 2008 (WTSA-08); and the work of ITU-T Study Group 13 Focus Group on future networks. The revisions also include reference to WSIS Action Lines 2 (information and infrastructure) and 6 (an enabling environment).

Developing countries are still facing major challenges, exacerbated by shortages of resources, experience and capacity building in planning and deploying networks, especially next-generation networks. The conference also noted the delay in implementing and adopting these networks in developed countries. It recognized  that the existing digital divide could get worse  with the emergence of new technologies, including post-NGNs, if developing countries are not able to introduce these networks in a universal and timely manner.
The revisions make reference to Resolution 143 (Rev. Guadalajara, 2010), which calls for the provisions in all ITU documents relating to developing countries to be extended to apply adequately to the least developed countries, small island developing States, landlocked developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

The Directors of the three ITU Bureaux are instructed, among other things, to continuously consolidate their efforts in studies and standards-development activities on the deployment of NGN and future networks, especially those designed for rural areas and for bridging the digital divide and the development divide. In addition, the Directors are to coordinate studies and programmes under ITU-T’s  Next-Generation Network Global Standards Initiative (NGN-GSI) and ITU-D’s Global Network Planning Initiatives (GNPi), as well as coordinate ongoing work in study groups and through relevant programmes defined in the Hyderabad Action Plan of WTDC-10. They will also seek solutions to speed up the deployment of affordable NGN in rural areas, using the success stories of developing countries that have migrated to such networks and benefit from their experience.

The Council is instructed to consider the reports and proposals made by the Secretary-General and the three Bureaux on implementing this resolution, making the appropriate linkage with the operative part of WTSA Resolution 44 (Rev. Johannesburg, 2008). It should also take appropriate action to ensure that the Union continues to pay attention to addressing the needs of developing countries.

Member States and Sector Members are called upon to strengthen cooperation between developed and developing countries, and among developing countries themselves, in improving national, regional and international capabilities to implement NGNs in a way that will enable them to handle future networks, especially in rural areas.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010 17:54:30 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Updated Resolution: Assistance and support to Serbia for rebuilding its destroyed public broadcasting system

Reliable public broadcasting and telecommunication systems are indispensable for promoting the socio-economic development of countries - notably those having suffered from natural disasters, domestic conflicts or war. Serbia is one such country. The conference has updated Resolution 126 (Rev. Guadalajara, 2010) on “assistance and support to the Republic of Serbia for rebuilding its destroyed public broadcasting system”. ITU’s  key role in rebuilding that country's telecommunication sector has been widely recognized.

The resolution underlines that the newly established public broadcasting facility in Serbia, public entity “Broadcast Multiplex and Network Operator” (ETV) – formerly a part of the Radio Television of Serbia –  has been severely damaged. The damage to public broadcasting in Serbia, as the conference recognized, should be a matter of  concern to the whole international community, in particular ITU. As public broadcaster, ETV is a public entity, which should start broadcasting digital television programmes on 4 April 2012. However, under the present conditions and in the foreseeable future, Serbia will not be able to bring its public broadcasting system and the digital switch-over process up to an acceptable level without help from the international community, provided bilaterally or through international organizations. The resolution, as updated, calls upon Member States to offer all possible assistance. It instructs the Council to allocate the necessary funds, within available resources. It instructs the Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau to use the necessary funds (also, within available resources), in order to continue appropriate action. The Secretary-General will coordinate the activities carried out by the ITU Sectors to ensure that the Union’s action in favour of Serbia is as effective as possible. He will report on the matter to the Council.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010 17:51:04 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Updated Resolution: Gender equality… a focus on women and girls in ICT

Gender equality and women’s empowerment can be advanced in several ways through information and communication technologies (ICT). Encouraging girls to choose a career in the field of ICT, and fostering the use of ICT for the social and economic empowerment of women and girls, are obvious examples. The growing number of women in the ICT field with decision-making could push the work of ITU in this direction.
The revised resolution encourages Member States and Sector Members to facilitate the employment of women and men equally in the ICT/telecommunication field, including at senior levels of responsibility, and to increase opportunities for women and girls in ICT careers during elementary, secondary and higher education. One way to do this would be by establishing an international “Girls in ICT” day, to be celebrated annually on every fourth Thursday of April. This would provide an occasion for ICT companies, other companies with ICT departments, ICT training institutions, universities, research centres, and all ICT-related institutions to organize an open day for girls. Another way would be to support the work of the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) and of a “Global Network of women ICT decision-makers”. In this regard, the ITU Secretary-General is instructed to encourage the launch of such a network.

A gender perspective will be incorporated in the implementation of the ITU strategic plan and financial plan for 2012-2015, as well as in the operational plans of the Union’s three Bureaux and the General Secretariat. According to the resolution, the Council has the responsibility of expanding on the ITU initiatives of the past four years, to accelerate the gender mainstreaming process in ITU as a whole, within existing budgetary resources, so as to ensure capacity building and promotion of women at senior-level positions. In the resolution, the Council is instructed to consider selecting the theme “Women and Girls in ICT” to mark World Telecommunication and Information Society Day in 2012.

To implement the resolution, the Secretary-General is instructed to announce a year-long Call to Action with a focus on the theme “Women and Girls in ICT”, while the Director of BDT is to bring to the attention of other UN agencies the need to increase the interest and opportunities for girls and young women in ICT careers. The resolution invites Member States and Sector Members to establish and observe annually and internationally “Girls in ICT” day.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010 17:49:00 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Issue no. 8: PP-10 Highlights

As we go to press with this issue of the Highlights, the Plenary is holding its first night session and has just confirmed the decisions taken at its meeting on 18 October. These decisions are reported here.

Conference approves Strategic Plan for ITU for the years 2012-2015
The conference has approved a new Strategic Plan for ITU for the years  2012-2015. This new plan highlights the central role of telecommunications in our modern lives and the profound changes now taking place in the industry that are  bound to have far-reaching consequences for us all. The spread of Internet Protocol (IP)-based next-generation networks, convergence in devices and networks, and the rise of social networks mean that information and communication technologies (ICT) are responding to the changing needs of today’s consumers in a transformed communications landscape.

ITU, with its vision to connect the world in order to safeguard everyone’s fundamental right to communicate, needs a strong and effective strategic plan both to respond to the changing needs of its members and to prove its ongoing relevance in an all-IP world. Approving the plan, the conference expressed gratitude to Fabio Bigi of Italy for chairing  the Working Group of the Council that developed a robust plan for the Union.

For full text, see:

Tuesday, 19 October 2010 15:27:33 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 18 October 2010
Connecter les gens du Tchad
S.E. Mr Jean Bawoyeu Alingue, Ministre des Postes, Technologies de l'information et de la Communication, nous parle des progrès de la téléphonie mobile dans son pays et de l’unité qu’ils ont créé dans la population tchadienne:

Pour sa déclaration de politique générale et clip vidéo en plénière, voir:

Monday, 18 October 2010 21:35:57 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Rolling out telecommunications in Ecuador

H.E. Jaime Guerrero, Minister of Telecommunications & Information Society, talks of the obstacles of rolling out telecommunications in Ecuador and their efforts to overcome these:

Monday, 18 October 2010 19:34:23 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | Garg to represent Asia on ITU Radio Regulation Board

NEW DELHI: The former Wireless Adviser to the Government, P K Garg, has been elected to represent Asia on the Radio Regulations Board of the International Telecommunication Union.

The other two members elected are Yasuhiko Ito from Japan who took 120 votes and Ali R. Ebadi from Malaysia (93 votes). Garg received 78 votes. Members are elected to represent Region E, Asia, and Australasia.


India was also elected among the 13 members on the ITU Council, getting 119 of the 161 votes. The other members are Indonesia, China, Japan, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Bangladesh, Thailand, Australia, India, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the Philippines.

The elections took place at the ongoing ITU’s 18th Plenipotentiary conference at Mexico. This meet takes place every four years.


Monday, 18 October 2010 18:09:11 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
A question of interpretation...
What does it take to put on an international meeting for some 2,500 delegates from some 160 countries, working in six different languages?

It’s no mean feat, that’s for sure. ITU’s simultaneous interpretation team, who provide feeds to the multilingual conferencing system in the rooms in each of the Union’s six official languages – Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish – is absolutely indispensable.

PP-10 has a team of 73 interpreters in total, representing many different nationalities and able to handle all six UN languages plus quite a few others too. Some of these talented linguists can even work in four official UN languages or more (but only one at a time!) and 100% attention is vital.

Ensconced in individual booths so that they can focus exclusively on the audio feed coming from the floor with no distractions or interruptions, interpreters for each of the six languages alternate with a colleague handling the same language every 30-minutes, so intense is the level of concentration needed to instantly communicate complex and often quite technical discussions into their assigned language.

“The sheer size and breadth of the team of interpreters on duty at P-10 is a testament to ITU’s reach and strength,” says Ewandro Magalhaes, Head of ITU’s Interpretation Section. “Few organizations can claim to rely on so large a team of interpreters for so long a conference. Plus, ITU interpreters are known to be among the most skilled, given the specialized jargon they have to handle.”

Monday, 18 October 2010 17:09:22 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
New Resolution: ITU opens up to academia

A draft new Resolution was approved this afternoon, permitting academia, universities and their associated research establishments concerned with the development of telecommunications/ICT to join ITU and participate in work of the 3 Sectors.

The financial contribution for such participation has been set at one-sixteenth of the value of a contributory unit for Sector Members from developed countries (3975 CHF) and one-thirty two of the value of the contributory unit for Sector Members for organizations from developing countries (1987.5 CHF).

Acceptance of applications for participation shall be conditional on the support of the Member States of the Union to which the bodies belong.

Monday, 18 October 2010 00:49:32 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Addressing social isolation in Australia

Keith Besgrove, First Assistant Secretary for the Digital Economy Services Division of the Australian Department of Broadband, Communications & the Digital Economy, discusses the impact of the National Broadband Network and National Disability Strategy on enhancing lives of persons with disabilities and the aboriginal community:

Sunday, 17 October 2010 23:31:05 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Sunday, 17 October 2010
TechCentral: South Africa secures key ITU seat

SA has again secured a seat on the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) council at the plenipotentiary conference in Mexico, the department of communications said on Friday.

“The appointment of SA to the ITU is a testimony that confirms member states’ confidence in the country’s contribution to the body of knowledge in the three sectors of the union and the ICT matter in general,” said department spokeswoman Busiswa Mlandu.

The three sectors of the union were telecommunications development, standardisation and radiocommunications.

SA was elected to the seat on October 10 after it obtained 105 of the 158 members’ votes.

Also scoring a victory for Africa, Hamadoun Touré from Mali was elected as the ITU secretary general and Brahima Sanou from Burkina Faso was elected as director of the telecoms development sector.

As a member of the council, SA would be responsible for assisting the ITU in implementing its constitution and any other decisions made at the plenipotentiary conference.

It would also be responsible for providing support and strategic direction to the secretary general and the directors of the three sectors.  — Sapa

Sunday, 17 October 2010 17:44:02 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Firman México y Azerbaiyan Acuerdo de Telecomunicaciones
Ciudad de México.- México y la República de Azerbaiyan firmaron un Acuerdo de Cooperación en materia de Telecomunicaciones y Tecnologías de la Información y Comunicaciones, con el objetivo de intercambiar prácticas de políticas públicas para el despliegue de nuevas tecnologías y servicios de seguridad.

El convenio asumido por el titular de la Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT), Juan Francisco Molinar Horcasitas, y el ministro de Comunicaciones y Tecnologías de la Información de la República de Azerbaiyan, Alí Abbasov, manifiesta el compromiso del Gobierno Federal para la promoción y el mejoramiento del sector de las telecomunicaciones, a nivel nacional e internacional.

Asimismo prevé la reciprocidad y soporte mutuo en organizaciones globales como la Unión Internacional de Telecomunicaciones, y el intercambio de personal técnico y expertos para la capacitación entre ambas naciones.

En la ceremonia estuvieron presentes las delegaciones de ambos países que asisten a los trabajos de la Conferencia de Plenipotenciarios de la Unión Internacional de Telecomunicaciones (UIT), en Guadalajara, Jalisco, el cual finalizará el 22 de octubre.
Sunday, 17 October 2010 17:18:54 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 15 October 2010 Paraguay tiene sed de fibra óptica

Desde hace unos años para acá Paraguay viene dejando atrás, con mucho esfuerzo, un escenario de importante atraso en lo referente a todos los servicios de telecomunicaciones. Incluso dentro de América Latina, región que no se caracteriza precisamente por estar a la vanguardia de las telecomunicaciones, el país se mostraba entre el pelotón de los mercados rezagados, muy por detrás de algunos como Argentina, Brasil y Chile. Uno de los motivos que impiden a Paraguay seguir el ritmo de evolución de telecomunicaciones que muestran otros países latinoamericanos es la falta de un backhaul de fibra óptica amplio y extendido en todo el país; y a su vez, acceso a la fibra óptica internacional, algo que su posición geográfica dificulta.

Y es justamente esto lo que reclamó el presidente de la Comisión Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Conatel), Jorge Seall Sasiain, ante la Conferencia de Plenipotenciarios de la Unión Internacional de Telecomunicaciones (UIT), que se celebra en Guadalajara, México, del 4 al 22 de octubre. Lo que busca el número uno del regulador local es que la UIT apoye en forma especial a los países mediterráneos para que puedan acceder a la fibra óptica internacional en forma directa o preferencial. Es sabido que aquellas naciones sin salida al mar presentan mayores complicaciones a la hora de conectarse a las diferentes redes de cable submarino internacional, con los sabidos problemas de costos y retraso que esto acarrea. En Sudamérica, los grandes exponentes de esta problemática son el propio Paraguay y Bolivia.

Durante su presentación en la Conferencia, Seall destacó el avance de los servicios de telefonía celular en Paraguay, y aseguró que el servicio cuenta con una penetración de alrededor del 95 por ciento, con una cobertura territorial del 60 por ciento. Los números son importantes si se tiene en cuenta que se trata de un país con índices de pobreza que rondan el 35 por ciento de la población. Según indicó el ejecutivo, los avances en algunos sectores de las telecomunicaciones “no se han debido sólo a las decisiones adoptadas por la entidad reguladora, sino también a la gestión de empresas y profesionales nacionales y extranjeros, que conjuntamente invierten y compiten en igualdad de condiciones en el mercado paraguayo”.

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Friday, 15 October 2010 20:27:57 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Is the accessibility for persons w/ disabilities to IT the invisible digital divide?
Cynthia Waddell, Executive Director of the International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet, talks on accessibility to ICTs, how it has revolutionized the lives of persons with disabilities, and the importance of Accessible Design:
Friday, 15 October 2010 20:09:48 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Win an iPad!

Don't miss your chance to win one of 3 iPad Wi-Fi enabled tablet computers!  Our competition is open to all registered PP-10 delegates and observers.

To enter, simply visit the PP-10 website at and click on Competition. You’ll be asked to answer one simple question, after which your name will be automatically entered in the prize draw, which will take place on Thursday, 21 November.

All delegates/observers are encouraged to participate, even if not present through until the end of the conference. Prizes will be shipped to winners should they not be able to collect their iPad.

Sponsored by:

Friday, 15 October 2010 17:32:31 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Issue no. 7: PP-10 Highlights

Week two of the Guadalajara conference ends with debates going on in earnest

With the elections over, the conference has switched gear to deal with policy and strategic issues that will shape the future of telecommunications and information and communication technologies. A number of ad hoc and drafting groups have been set up by the various substantive Committees and by the Working Group of the Plenary to lead negotiations. As Highlights only cover plenary meetings where all decisions of the conference are taken, conclusions reached on issues under negotiation will be reported on in the third week of the conference. Meanwhile, this issue of the Highlights covers the discussion in the plenary meeting of 14 October, along with the side events organized during week two of the conference.

For full text, see:

Thursday, 14 October 2010 23:35:48 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Conformity & interoperability in technology
Malcolm Johnson, Director of ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, discusses the new programme of a vendor database for products tested to ITU standards and the industry concern over the multitude of standards bodies:
Thursday, 14 October 2010 23:18:05 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 14 October 2010
ITU Medal awarded to Radio Regulations Board members

Mr Valery Timofeev, Director of the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau
Mr Houlin Zhao, ITU Deputy Secretary-General
Mr Aboubakar Zourmba, Cameroon, Laureate of the ITU Medal and Certificate
Mr Hassan Lebbadi, Morocco, Laureate of the ITU Medal and Certificate
Dr Hamadoun Touré, ITU Secretary-General
Mr Sami Al Basheer, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau
Mr Shola Taylor, Nigeria, Laureate of the ITU Medal and Certificate
Mr Malcolm Johnson, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau

Additional RRB members, not present, will receive their ITU Medal and Certificate by mail:
Shahzada Alam Malik, Pakistan
Robert W. Jones, Canada
Martine Limodin, France
Wladyslaw Moron, Poland


Thursday, 14 October 2010 22:18:42 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Only 1cm sq of debris could destroy a space craft
Vassilios Cassapoglou, Executive Director of the Greek Center of Space Science & Technology, talks about the mess in space and its implications for the future & safety of human activities in outer space:

Thursday, 14 October 2010 21:45:40 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
El Informador: México propone más becas de la UIT para indígenas

La idea es facilitar el acceso a las telecomunicaciones para reducir el margen de desigualdad

GUADALAJARA, JALISCO (14/OCT/2010).- El grupo mexicano en la asamblea de la Unión Internacional de Telecomunicaciones (UIT) solicitó se incrementen las becas a miembros de comunidades indígenas, para que se beneficien con un mayor acceso a los servicios de las tecnologías de la información.

Tal propuesta se hizo en las sesiones de la UIT por parte de Karla Petersen, integrante del área de Relaciones Internacionales de la Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT).

Entrevistada al respecto, puntualizó que si bien en México existen organismos enfocados a la situación específica de grupos indígenas, es innegable que las etnias están en condiciones desfavorables para acceder a las tecnologías, en comparación con el resto de la ciudadanía.

Por separado, el integrante del cuerpo diplomático de la Embajada de Perú en nuestro país, David Hurtado-Fudinaga, expresó que es muy relevante esta propuesta para fortalecer la diversidad cultural de los países.

Abundó en que tanto Perú como México cuentan con comunidades étnicas de grandes raíces en la identidad de cada país, que tienen mucho de que beneficiarse con el uso cotidiano de las telecomunicaciones. Citó en este contexto que ya son avances concretos las páginas de internet en lenguas nativas como el quechua (en los países andinos) y el guaraní (Paraguay).

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Thursday, 14 October 2010 21:09:33 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Reducing the carbon footprint caused by ICTs in South Africa
H.E. Gen (Ret.) Siphiwe Nyanda, South African Minister of Communications talks on reducing the country's carbon footprint inc. the impact of e-dumping in Africa:

For statement and video clip from the Plenary session, see:

Thursday, 14 October 2010 21:09:21 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Inicia operaciones el Aula Digital Fundación Carlos Slim-Unión Internacional de Telecomunicaciones

GUADALAJARA, JALISCO (BI).- El secretario general de la Unión Internacional de Telecomunicaciones (UIT), Dr. Hamadoun Touré, el Dr. Javier Elguea Solís, representante de Fundación Carlos Slim y el Secretario de Educación de Jalisco, Ing. Antonio Gloria Morales, pusieron en operación el Aula Digital Fundación Carlos Slim-UIT en la escuela primaria Ricardo Flores Magón.

El Aula, que se inauguró en el marco de la Conferencia de Plenipotenciarios de la Unión Internacional de Telecomunicaciones que se celebra en esta ciudad, está dotada con 36 equipos de cómputo de escritorio y portátiles, proyector de video, cámaras fotográficas y de video, impresora, escanner, microscopio biológico monocular, globo terráqueo con lápiz interactivo; además del mobiliario requerido para su eficiente operación.

El Dr. Touré comentó: “Nosotros apoyamos en la UIT plenamente a las escuelas para alcanzar las metas del Milenio para la sociedad de la información en el 2015, por ello nos es relevante conectar a las escuelas con banda ancha, conectar a una escuela, conectar a una comunidad es sumamente importante y ese es nuestro objetivo”.

“Por esta razón estamos sumamente complacidos de asociarnos con la Fundación Carlos Slim este día para conectar a esta escuela, porque los niños son nuestro futuro”.

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Thursday, 14 October 2010 20:25:44 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
La Nación: Paraguay es nuevo miembro [del Consejo] de la Unión Internacional de Telecomunicaciones

Nuestro país fue distinguido como uno de los nueve miembros americanos del Consejo de la Unión Internacional de Telecomunicaciones (UIT), tras obtener 91 votos de los 191 plenipotenciarios de esta organización de Naciones Unidas.

La elección se realizó el pasado 11 de octubre en la ciudad de Guadalajara, México. De esta forma, nuestro país ocupará uno de los 47 escaños del Consejo al igual que otros países americanos como Argentina, Brasil, Costa Rica, Cuba, Estados Unidos, México y Venezuela. Esta fue la primera vez que el Paraguay presentó su candidatura.

La UIT cumple la función de coordinador mundial de los gobiernos y sector privado, prestadoras del servicio de telecomunicaciones, atendiendo tres factores fundamentales: radiocomunicación, normalización y desarrollo.

En representación de Paraguay estuvo el titular de la Comisión Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (CONATEL), Jorge Seall Sasiain, quien calificó este resultado como un gran compromiso pues como país mediterráneo se debe redoblar los empeños y esfuerzos por mantener y ampliar su conectividad con el mundo, refiere el informe remitido a la Dirección General de Información Presidencial.

Thursday, 14 October 2010 19:38:01 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Graphic: Ghana retains seat on ITU

Ghana maintained its seat on the 48-member council of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) at the 18th Plenipotentiary Conference of the union in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Ghana was elected among 13 countries from region D, made up of African countries. From the region of 21 countries vying for the 13 slots, Egypt, Kenya, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, South Africa, Mali,  Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal and Cameroun were the other countries which were elected to the council.

Ghana’s delegation to the conference, which was led by the Minister of Communications, Mr Haruna Iddrisu, included a former Minister of Communications and incumbent Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Oquaye; Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States and Mexico, Mr Ohene Agyekum; the Director-General of the National Communications Authority (NCA), Mr Paarock VanPercy, and the Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Communications, Mr Twumasi Appiah.

Other members of the delegation were Mr Fritz Baffour, Member of the Parliamentary Select Committee; Alhaji Gamal A. Razak, Managing Director of Abrar International, and senior officials from the Ministry of Communications.

Mr Iddrisu told the Daily Graphic that the performance of Ghana was a testimony to the positive moves by the country to implement various policies as part of efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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Thursday, 14 October 2010 19:06:46 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Milenio: Piden ayudar a países por migración de Internet

UIT analiza tránsito al nuevo protocolo IPv6

La discusión en torno a la migración de las direcciones de Internet, del protocolo actual IPv4 al nuevo IPv6, continúa en los salones de la Conferencia de Plenipotenciarios de la Unión Internacional de Telecomunicaciones (UIT). La mayoría de las propuestas de los países miembros solicitan apoyo y capacitación para que los países menos desarrollados logren la transición.

Durante una sesión de trabajo, representantes de diversos países solicitaron que la UIT intervenga en la designación de direcciones de Internet IPv6 con el fin de evitar lo sucedido con el protocolo IPv4, que presentó saturación de direcciones.

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Thursday, 14 October 2010 18:56:13 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
ITU Secretary-General an Honorary Citizen of Guadalajara

ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré was made an Honorary Citizen of the City of Guadalajara and awarded the Keys of the City by the Mayor of Guadalajara, Mr Jorge Aristóteles Sandoval, in a ceremony held at the city’s gracious Palacio Municipal at midday today.

Dr Touré praised the warmth, professionalism and indomitable spirit of the people of Guadalajara, which, he said, had all contributed to making PP-10 such a tremendous success. He also complemented the city on its cultural richness, its varied cuisine, and its passionate commitment to ICTs, which have helped it quickly position itself as ‘the Mexican Silicon Valley’.

“Guadalajara will hold a very special place in my heart for the rest of my days,” he said.

Thursday, 14 October 2010 00:41:37 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Carlos Slim Foundation & ITU: Digital Classroom inauguration

ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré found himself exuberantly mobbed by hundreds of small children this morning, as he assisted in the inauguration of a new Digital Classroom at the Ricardo Flores Magón primary school in the colonia of Santa Eduwiges, just a few minutes from Guadalajara Expo centre.

A joint initiative of the Carlos Slim Foundation and ITU’s Connect a School, Connect a Community programme, the ‘Aula Digital’ features a range of different types of computers and electronic equipment, including Dell laptops, bright green-and-white XO laptops from One Laptop Per Child, and large-screen Mexican-manufactured Lanix machines.

Addressing the school’s staff and 850 children aged between 6-12 years, along with dignitaries including Mr Antonio Gloria Morales, the Minister of Education for the State of Jalisco, Dr Javier Elguea Solís, of the Carlos Slim Foundation, and the Principal of the school’s morning programme, Ms Graciela Gómez Castellanos, Dr Touré said: “There is no more important institution in the world than a school...  schools are the foundation of everything we do; every service which is provided by governments or industry; and every opportunity for social and economic development.”

Ricardo Flores Magón’s new Digital Classroom is the 17th such learning centre funded and installed by the Carlos Slim Foundation in the Guadalajara area. Demonstrating the facilities to Dr Touré, Mr Solís showed how the children are now able to connect to a network of over 100,000 computers in 1,000 schools throughout Mexico, providing more than half a million school-age children with access to the wealth of information on the web, as well as to advanced e-learning applications.

Clearly moved by the children’s unbridled enthusiasm for the new technology on offer, Dr Touré said: “Coming here and looking in your eyes gives me great hope for the future,” he said, “because I see today a very proud future in each of your eyes”.

The surprise announcement by Minister Morales that the State of Jalisco would donate a technology teacher to the school elicited another loud cheer from the children and warm applause from the Principal, teachers and representative of the local Parents’ Association, Ms Angeles Navarro Silva, whose 11-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter will soon be benefiting from the new classroom. On behalf of the school’s parents, Ms Silva also presented Mr Solís with the gift of an imposing silver coat rack, to express their gratitude for the exciting opportunities the new facilities will offer their children.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010 23:42:05 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 13 October 2010
The Financial Express: Bangladesh elected ITU council member

Bangladesh has been elected council member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for the period 2010-2014 in the Asia and Australasia region.

Bangladesh has secured the 6th position out of 13 seats in this region and has obtained 123 votes, said Major M A Kashem (Rtd), consultant of Bangladesh Telecommunication and Regulatory Commission (BTRC), (Submarine Cable System). The election was held in Guadalajara in Mexico Monday.

Bangladesh achieved such a huge success at its first participation and hence it can be described as a great achievement of the nation, Mr Kashem said.

From now on Bangladesh can take part in making decision regarding the ITU regulations as well as in the policy making process in relation to telecommunication, he said.

This success will encourage Bangladesh not only to play a vital role but also to play the role of a pioneer for the least developed countries, which will help us a lot to build up Digital Bangladesh, he said.

The Bangladesh delegation was lead by Post and Telecommunication Minister Raziuddin Ahmed Raju, Chairman of the parliamentary committee on the ministry Hasanul Huq Inu, Secretary Sunil Kanti Bose, BTRC Chairman Zia Ahmed and members of the parliamentary committee.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010 22:49:44 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Waspada Online: Indonesia elected as ITU member

JAKARTA - Indonesia has been reelected as a member of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for the 2010-2014 period, a Communication Ministry spokesman said.

"The reelection of Indonesia as a member of ITU was the result of the work hard of Indonesian delegates in conducting lobbying during the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference being held from October 4 to 22," Gatot S Dewa Broto, head of human relations affairs of the the Ministry of Communications and Informatics, said here on Tuesday.

He said that Indonesia had an interest in being reelected member of the Union because it had a large telecommunications market which was developing rapidly with progressive development activities.

Gatot said that Indonesia had taken an active part in the ITU Council's forums during its membership periods of 2002 - 2006 and 2006 - 2010.

With its reelection as a member of ITU for the 2010 - 2014 period, Indonesia would be able to fight for the interest of developing nations in the industrial field, particularly regarding Indonesia's interest in telecommunications, radio frequencies and satellite orbits, he said.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010 22:11:41 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
La Prensa Libre: Costa Rica promoverá telecomunicaciones sostenibles en la UIT

Por primera vez el país está presente en el organismo más importante de las Naciones Unidas en lo que concierne a las tecnologías de la información y la comunicación

Tras la incorporación de Costa Rica al Consejo de la Unión Internacional de Telecomunicaciones (UIT por sus siglas en inglés) de la Organización de Naciones Unidas (ONU), el ministro de Ambiente, Energía y Telecomunicaciones, Teófilo de la Torre, afirmó que una de las prioridades será promover un desarrollo de las telecomunicaciones de forma sostenible, pero con el uso de tecnologías amigables con el medio ambiente.

“Es un privilegio y un orgullo que Costa Rica haya sido elegido como miembro del Consejo de la UIT. Una de las prioridades de Costa Rica será la de promover un desarrollo de las telecomunicaciones de forma sostenible, incentivando el uso de tecnologías con calidad ambiental. Recordando que ambos propósitos no son incompatibles”, expresó el jerarca. Según expresa un comunicado emitido por la Rectoría de Telecomunicaciones del Viceministerio de Telecomunicaciones el Consejo de la UIT está integrado por 47 países, donde están representadas las regiones de América, Europa Occidental, Europa Oriental, África y Asia-Australasia.

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Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:55:59 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
The New Times: Rwanda elected to ITU Council

KIGALI - Rwanda has been elected to The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Council, during the ongoing ITU’s Plenipotentiary Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The ITU is an agency of the United Nations responsible for coordinating effective development and use of telecommunications globally. 

Its core activities involve management of international frequency spectrum, satellite orbit resources and making of telecommunications standards that govern telecommunications industry. It also promotes the ICT growth and development globally.

The ITU council, composed of 46 member states, is responsible for smooth running of the union and setting broad policies that govern telecommunications at a global level.

Rwanda’s delegation at the campaign in Mexico was headed by Dr. Ignace Gatare, the Minister in the President’s Office in charge of Information and Communications Technology.

“Rwanda’s election to the ITU council is a major milestone in the country’s ICT development, and a recognition of the global role President Paul Kagame continues to play in ensuring that ICT is developed and accessible to address some of the world’s challenges,” said David Kanamugire, the Permanent Secretary in the ICT Ministry.

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Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:49:47 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Capital FM: Kenya sways Mexico ITU meet

GUADALAJARA, Mexico, Oct 13 - It was a double success for Kenya on Tuesday as the country was elected to two key positions in a specialised United Nations Agency.

Kenya was picked to the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) Council and the Radio Regulation Board (RRB) during the ongoing ITU’s 18th Plenipotentiary Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The country, which has served in the Council since her first election in 1982, garnered 119 votes out of 161 eligible voting Member States, to return the second highest tally behind Egypt in Region D (Africa).

“Kenya is headed for great things and by supporting each other and working as a team we can achieve anything we put our mind to,” Information and Communications Minister Samuel Poghisio said while congratulating the members.

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Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:46:23 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Europa Press: España seguirá formando parte del consejo de la UIT

España seguirá formando parte del consejo de la Unión Internacional de Telecomunicaciones (UIT) --organismo de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas encargado de regular las telecomunicaciones a nivel internacional-- cuyas elecciones se celebran cada cuatro años.

Así, tras la votación llevada a cabo el pasado día 11 en Guadalajara (México), España, que quedó en tercera posición, integrará una vez más el consejo de la UIT dentro de la región B, correspondiente a Europa Occidental.

El Consejo está formado por 48 estados miembros, de los 192 que integran la UIT. De los 48 puestos, 8 corresponden a la región de Europa occidental. La función del organismo es examinar asuntos generales de política de las telecomunicaciones para garantizar que las actividades, políticas y estrategias de la Unión responden al entorno actual de las telecomunicaciones.

En las elecciones al consejo estuvo presente el secretario de Estado de Telecomunicaciones, Bernardo Lorenzo, según indicaron a Europa Press fuentes de la Secretaria de Estado de Telecomunicaciones y para la Sociedad de la Información (Setsi).

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Wednesday, 13 October 2010 19:15:02 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
La Presse de Tunisie: La Tunisie, membre du conseil d’administration de l’UIT

La Tunisie a été élue, lundi, membre du Conseil d'administration de l'Union internationale des télécommunications (UIT), lors de la conférence des plénipotentiaires de l'UIT qui se tient du 4 au 22 octobre, dans la ville mexicaine de Guadalajara.

L'élection de la Tunisie pour un mandat de quatre ans (2011-2014) intervient en témoignage de reconnaissance pour le rôle d'avant-garde de la Tunisie ainsi que pour les percées qu'elle a réalisées à l'échelle régionale et internationale dans le domaine des technologies de la communication.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010 19:10:48 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
El Financiero: México pasa prueba en telecomunicaciones

El secretario general de la Unión Internacional de Telecomunicaciones (UIT), Hamadoun Touré, dijo que México va en el camino correcto para lograr la modernización de las telecomunicaciones.

Luego de calificar como "normales" las batallas legales de los operadores contra el gobierno para conseguir más concesiones del espectro, Touré minimizó el rezago actual de México en algunos rubros, pues se trata, dijo, de áreas que están dejando de ser relevantes.

En entrevista con EL FINANCIERO, el secretario general de la UIT reconoció que si bien México está un poco más abajo que otros países de Latinoamérica en la penetración de servicios de telefonía fija y móvil, en servicio de Internet su promedio es similar a los demás, mientras en banda ancha está más avanzado.

"El futuro es la banda ancha, de manera que yo le doy muy alta calificación a México", señaló el máximo representante del organismo dependiente de la ONU.

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Wednesday, 13 October 2010 19:01:22 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Enabling a low carbon future: the key role of ICTs to address climate change

The second PP’10 side event focused on ICTs and climate change.


Speakers included Malcolm Johnson, Director, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB), ITU; Kevin Grose presenting remotely from UNFCCC Bonn; Sechwyo Nzima, Ministry of Comms and Transport, Zambia; Javier Camargo, Ericsson; Alejandro Vidal, Telefonica and Chae-Sub Lee, Chairman of ITU-T Study Group 13.


Johnson’s introductory speech noted that when ITU first started work in the field people were sceptical about the link between ICTs and climate change. He noted that ITU’s many initiatives have helped to raise awareness of the issue to the extent that there is now widespread understanding of the power of ICTs to achieve reductions in greenhouse gas emissions across all industry sectors.


He cited CO2 savings of some 108 tonnes in 2007, as consequence of distributing ITU-T standards (ITU-T Recommendations) online compared to on paper as an example of how the secretariat is working to become greener.


Johnson also announced that ITU is working with Ghana to develop a country assessment on how ICTs can help to combat climate change in accordance with UNFCCC guidelines.


Kevin Grose of UNFCCC which holds its COP16 meeting in Cancun, Mexico in December gave his remote presentation focusing in part on the need for mitigation actions to be reflected in the developing world. He highlighted accounting standards, partnerships and technology transfer as necessary to boost the ICT industry’s efforts to green itself and help towards general GHG mitigation.


ITU will participate in various activities at COP16, including organizing a side event with UNIDO, UNDESA, and WIPO; speaking at a side-event organized by WMO, UN-Habitat and WHO. In addition, the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) is organizing a Tech Fair to be held in Cancun (5-8 December) in which ITU will participate.


Chae-Sub Lee of ITU-T’s Future Networks Study Group (Study Group 13) showed how next generation networks (NGNs) being deployed around the world are more energy efficient – by an estimated 40 per cent – than previous public switched telephone networks (PSTNs).

Wednesday, 13 October 2010 00:05:51 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Milenio: El tránsito a la televisión digital - Apenas 20 países han completado el apagón

El mundo está avanzando hacia el apagón analógico y el salto a la televisión digital. Sin embargo, apenas 20 países han completado el proceso, según dijo Francois Rancy, director de la Oficina de Radiocomunicaciones de la Unión Internacional de Telecomunicaciones (UIT).

La mayor parte de los países de Europa, Asia y África han propuesto al año 2015 como fecha límite para completar el apagón, al igual que México, sin embargo, hay naciones que atrasaron el límite hasta 2020.

América se mantiene en la media, buscando terminar el salto en 2015, pero algunos países desafían el plazo imponiendo el servicio antes del tiempo previsto.

En México se planea lograr por completo el cambio a la televisión digital en 2015, iniciando por los estados al Norte del país y continuando paulatinamente hacia el resto del territorio. (Público, 4 de octubre de 2010)

El apagón ha generado incertidumbre en algunos países, pero el secretario general de la UIT, Hamadoun Touré, aseguró que lejos de generar desempleo o impactos negativos, la transición hacia la digitalización representa oportunidades para la industria de la televisión y la radiodifusión.

Guadalajara. Miriana Moro/ Patricia Romo Sahagún

Wednesday, 13 October 2010 00:04:52 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | magazine: Invertirá México 1.500 mdd en satélites

El presidente mexicano Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, anunció que 3 dispositivos satelitales serán puestos en órbita para operaciones de seguridad y aprovechamiento de la Banda “L”.

( Magazine / Oswaldo Barajas).- La décimo octava (18) Conferencia de Plenipotenciarios de la Unión Internacional de Telecomunicaciones (UIT 2010) inaugurada el pasado lunes 4 de octubre en la ciudad de Guadalajara, Jalisco, sirvió de plataforma para anunciar la iniciativa del gobierno mexicano en la inversión de 3 nuevos satélites para tareas de seguridad y fortalecimiento de bandas de comunicación.

La inauguración de este importante evento de Telecomunicaciones -que por primera vez se realiza en México- corrió a cargo del presidente de México, Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, quien aprovechó la oportunidad para anunciar la inversión de 1,500 millones de dólares para poner en órbita 3 satélites que servirán para labores de seguridad pública y engrandecimiento de la banda de comunicación L, la cual permitirá expandir los servicios a comunidades marginadas y mejorar la calidad de señal en dispositivos de enlace.

“El Gobierno de México trabaja para que quienes menos tienen puedan tener acceso a las telecomunicaciones, puedan tener acceso, en condiciones equitativas, no sólo a la televisión, la radio, a la telefonía, sino, desde luego al Internet, y que puedan participar en su desarrollo personal y en el del país con las tecnologías de la información y de la comunicación (…)”, dijo el primer mandatario mexicano, a través del comunicado de prensa vertido en el portal oficial del Gobierno de México.

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Tuesday, 12 October 2010 23:36:03 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 12 October 2010
Emirates 24/7: UAE re-elected to global telecom council

The UAE has been re-elected on the International Telecommunications Union’s Council to hold the position on the policy-making body for the next four years at the 18th ITU Plenipotentiary Conference at Guadalajara in Mexico.

The UAE was re-nominated to the policy-making body last month and the re-election took place last week.

The body sets the Union's general policies, adopts four-year strategic and financial plans for the three main sectors of the ITU (Radio-communications, Standardization and Development) and elects the ITU management team.

The last Plenipotentiary conference was held in the Turkish city of Antalya in 2006, where the UAE was elected for the membership of the ITU Council for the first time. The ITU council comprises 46 countries from the 192 member states of the International Telecommunication Union.

The successful election of the UAE came as a result of the great efforts made by the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), said a statement.

“This endeavour reflects the international community's confidence in the UAE, highlighting the efficient contributions the UAE has made during international forums and organizations affiliated with telecommunications and information,” said a statement.


Tuesday, 12 October 2010 22:58:51 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
El Ciudadano: Ecuador presente en cumbre de Unión Internacional de Telecomunicaciones UIT en México

Quito (Pichincha).- El Ministerio de Telecomunicaciones y de la Sociedad de la Información MINTEL, como órgano rector del sector de Telecomunicaciones en el país promueve la postulación de la República del Ecuador al Consejo de la Unión Internacional de Telecomunicaciones (UIT), con el fin de impulsar políticas prioritarias de acceso tecnológico que garanticen el avance del país hacia la Sociedad de la Información.

La Unión Internacional de Telecomunicaciones es la organización más importante de las Naciones Unidas con relación a tecnologías de la información y comunicación. Ecuador es miembro de este organismo desde abril de 1920, es decir, desde hace 90 años. La administración ecuatoriana de telecomunicaciones se suma a los esfuerzos de la organización para que todos los ciudadanos accedan y generen información y conocimiento, mediante el uso efectivo de las tecnologías.

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Tuesday, 12 October 2010 20:43:20 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Global National Happiness rather than Gross Domestic Product as key indicator

H.E. Mr Lyonpo Nandalal Rai, Bhutan's Minister of Information & Communications, talks of why their Gross Happiness Index was conceived, how it is measured and it's link to the national development programme:

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Tuesday, 12 October 2010 17:08:59 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Issue no. 6: PP-10 Highlights

Conference wraps up elections having elected members to the Radio Regulations Board and Member States to serve on the ITU Council for the next four years

On 11 October 2010, the Guadalajara Conference elected members of the Radio Regulations Board (RRB), an important body in ITU, as well as Member States to serve on the Council for the next four years. These elections conclude one of the key agenda items of the Guadalajara Conference.

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Tuesday, 12 October 2010 16:56:19 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 11 October 2010
El Patagónico/Télam: Argentina retiene representación de las Américas en la UIT

Buenos Aires, 11 de octubre (Télam).- Argentina logró la reelección como representante de las Américas en el Consejo de la Unión Internacional de Telecomunicaciones (UIT), en el marco de la Conferencia de Plenipotenciarios que concluye hoy en Guadalajara.

En tanto, el Secretario de la UIT, Hamadoun Touré (Malí), y el vicesecretario Houlin Zhao (China), fueron reelectos por cuatro años más para ejercer la conducción del organismo internacional.

Al mismo tiempo que la delegación argentina, encabezada por Héctor Carril actual integrante del Consejo de la UIT, lograba la reelección, por primera vez en la historia, un representante argentino fue elegido para integrar la Junta de Reglamento de Radiocomunicaciones.

Ricardo Terán, de la Secretaría de Comunicaciones, fue el “más votado” por los especialistas en normativas de telecomunicaciones para integrar el organismo que define políticas para sugerir su aplicación en los diferentes países que integran la UIT, informaron a Télam fuentes de la delegación nacional.

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Monday, 11 October 2010 22:08:16 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Agence Maghreb Arabe Presse: Le Maroc réélu au Conseil de l'Union internationale des Télécommunications
Guadalajara (Mexique), 11/10/10- Le Maroc a été réélu, lundi, membre du Conseil de l'Union internationale des Télécommunications (UIT), qui tient sa conférence quadriennale dans la ville mexicaine de Guadalajara.

Le Maroc a été réélu avec une majorité confortable pour un nouveau mandat de quatre ans (2011-2014), a-t-on indiqué auprès de la délégation marocaine participant à cette conférence de Plénipotentiaires de l'UIT, ouverte le 4 octobre et devant prendre fin le 22 courant.

Cette réélection "vient couronner le travail mené par le Maroc au sein de ce conseil depuis son élection pour la première fois en 1962''. Elle confirme également "le soutien et l'appui de la communauté internationale aux différents chantiers menés par le Royaume dans le secteur des télécommunications grâce à sa politique de libéralisation du secteur'', a-t-on ajouté de même source.

Le Maroc a été également élu membre du Comité du Règlement des Radiocommunications de l'UIT en la personne de M. Mustapha Bessi, Ingénieur en télécommunications à l'Agence Nationale de Règlementation des Télécommunications (ANRT).

Monday, 11 October 2010 22:01:10 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
El Universal: México, reelecto en consejo de la UIT

Es uno de los 48 miembros que integran el Consejo de la Unión Internacional de Telecomunicaciones, para el periodo 2010-2014

México fue reelecto este miércoles como uno de los 48 miembros que integran el Consejo de la Unión Internacional de Telecomunicaciones (UIT), para el periodo 2010-2014, informó la Cancillería mexicana en un comunicado.

Las elecciones se realizaron durante la Conferencia de Plenipotenciarios de la UIT, que se desarrolla en Guadalajara, Jalisco, desde el 4 y hasta el 22 de octubre de 2010.

La Cancillería destacó que México obtuvo 143 votos de 158 presentes y votantes, el mayor número de votos entre los 48 miembros electos y el que ha obtenido más votos en toda la historia del organismo especializado del Sistema de las Naciones Unidas.

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Monday, 11 October 2010 21:58:21 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Radio Regulations Board (RRB) members now elected!

First and final round of the elections: Monday, 11 October, 9.30 hours (Guadalajara time):

REGION A, THE AMERICAS (2 seats) - Total number of votes: 160
Ricardo Luis TERÁN (Argentine Republic) : 154
Julie NAPIER ZOLLER (United States) : 145

REGION B, WESTERN EUROPE (2 seats) - Total number of votes: 160
Alfredo MAGENTA (Italy) : 98
Mindaugas ZILINSKAS (Lithuania) : 89

Peter MAJOR (Hungary) : 81
Vassilios G. CASSAPOGLOU (Greece) : 35

REGION C, EASTERN EUROPE & NORTHERN ASIA (2 seats) - Total number of votes: 160
Victor STRELETS (Russian Federation) : 102
Baiysh NURMATOV (Kyrgyz Republic) : 71

Momcilo SIMIC (Serbia) : 70
Aurelian Sorinel CALINCIUC (Romania) : 61

REGION D, AFRICA (3 seats) - Total number of votes: 160
Stanley Kaige KIBE (Kenya) : 142
Mustapha BESSI (Morocco) : 124
Simon KOFFI (Côte d'Ivoire) : 119

Haroun Mahamat BADAOUY (Chad) : 60

REGION E, ASIA & AUSTRALASIA (3 seats) - Total number of votes: 160
Yasuhiko ITO (Japan) : 120
Ali R. EBADI (Malaysia) : 93
P. K. GARG (India) : 78

Nasser BIN HAMMAD (United Arab Emirates) : 69
Alireza DARVISHI (Iran) : 49
Mian Muhammad JAVED (Pakistan) : 44
Nader Shah ARIAN (Afghanistan) : 8

Monday, 11 October 2010 21:20:38 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Diário Granma: Reelecta Cuba en Consejo de Unión Internacional de Telecomunicaciones

GUADALAJARA, México, 11 octubre.— Cuba fue reelecta hoy por sexta vez consecutiva miembro del Consejo de la Unión Internacional de Telecomunicaciones (UIT), durante la XVIII Conferencia de Plenipotenciarios, que sesiona desde el pasado día 4 en esta ciudad.

Con 125 votos de los países participantes, Cuba obtuvo una de las nueve plazas asignadas al continente americano, con una votación superior a las elecciones anteriores.

Además, por América también fueron elegidos miembros del Consejo de la UIT Argentina, Brasil, Canadá, Costa Rica, Estados Unidos, México, Paraguay y Venezuela.

La delegación cubana que asiste a la Conferencia de la UIT, la cual sesiona cada cuatro años, consideró un éxito para su país y para la integración regional, el formar parte nuevamente de ese órgano, el cual consta de 48 estados miembros, informa PL.

Con su reelección Cuba adquiere el compromiso de trabajar a favor de la cooperación, la solidaridad internacional y con pleno respeto a la soberanía de los países en el intercambio de las telecomunicaciones.

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Monday, 11 October 2010 21:14:33 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Special video feature on emergency telecommunications just released

Watch our video feature on emergency telecommunications to find out more on ITU's work in this area:

Monday, 11 October 2010 20:07:29 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Ghana's Minister of Communications asks for a rethink of dumping 2nd-hand technology in the underdeveloped world

H.E. Mr Haruna Iddrisu (MP), Minister of Communications talks of the negative impacts of dumping redundant equipment in developing countries and asks for technology that is sent to be appropropriate and effective. Dealing with cybercrime in Ghana and across borders also discussed:

For statement and video clip from the Plenary session, see:

Monday, 11 October 2010 18:09:26 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Acuerdo entre SCT y Rusia para mejorar telecomunicaciones

Ciudad de México.- El titular de la Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT), Juan Francisco Molinar Horcasitas, y el ministro de Telecomunicación y de Comunicación de Masas de la Federación Rusa, Igor Shchegoglev, suscribieron un memorándum de entendimiento para el intercambio de información en materia de telecomunicaciones, en el que se promueve la regulación de las telecomunicaciones y el uso eficiente del espacio radioeléctrico, entre otros temas.

El acuerdo se llevó a cabo durante las actividades de la 18 Conferencia de Plenipotenciarios de la Unión Internacional de Telecomunicaciones (UIT), realizada en Jalisco, ya que la experiencia de Rusia es amplia en materia de telecomunicaciones y, además, es pionera en tecnología satelital. Estos conocimientos pueden ser de gran beneficio para México, aseguró el titular de la SCT al término de la formalización del convenio.

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Monday, 11 October 2010 17:37:58 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Newly elected ITU Council members

First and final round of the elections: Monday, 11 October, 9.30 hours (Guadalajara time):

REGION A, THE AMERICAS (9 seats) - Total number of votes: 161
Mexico (143)
Brazil (135)
Canada (135)
Argentina (131)
Cuba (125)
Venezuela (119)
United States (114)
Costa Rica (93)
Paraguay (91) 

Colombia (89)
Ecuador (75)
Jamaica (70) 

REGION B, WESTERN EUROPE (8 seats) - Total number of votes: 161Switzerland (141)
Spain (138)
Italy (136)
France (135)
Germany (130)
Sweden (126)
Turkey (125)
Greece (109) 

Portugal (102) 

REGION C, EASTERN EUROPE & NORTHERN ASIA (5 seats) - Total number of votes: 161
Russian Federation (123)
Bulgaria (116)
Romania (114)
Poland (107)
Czech Republic (93) 

Ukraine (91)
Azerbaijan (76) 

REGION D, AFRICA (13 seats) - Total number of votes: 161
Egypt (122)
Kenya (119)
Algeria (114)
Morocco (114)
Ghana (112)
Tunisia (111)
South Africa (105)
Mali (101)
Burkina Faso (97)
Nigeria (95)
Rwanda (93)
Senegal (93)
Cameroon (83)  

Uganda (79)
Mauritius (78)
Tanzania (76)
Côte d'Ivoire (71)
Sudan (57)
Malawi (41)
Chad (28) 

REGION E, ASIA & AUSTRALASIA (13 seats) - Total number of votes: 161
Indonesia (135)
China (134)
Japan (133)
Malaysia (127)
Korea (Rep. of) (125)
Bangladesh (123)
Thailand (121)
Australia (119)
India (119)
United Arab Emirates (114)
Kuwait (108)
Saudi Arabia (105)
Philippines (97) 

Pakistan (93)
Sri Lanka (79)
Lebanon (75)

Sunday, 10 October 2010 23:21:55 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Sunday, 10 October 2010
INDOTEL firma acuerdo de cooperación con agencia francesa

SANTO DOMINGO (R. Dominicana).- El Instituto Dominicano de las Telecomunicaciones (INDOTELl) y la Agencia Nacional de Frecuencias (ANFR), de Francia, se comprometieron a intercambiar informaciones y experiencias sobre controles administrativos y técnicos de las frecuencias radioeléctricas.

El convenio fue firmado por el presidente de Indotel, David Pérez Taveras, y el representante de la ANFR, Francois Rancy, durante la Conferencia de Plenipotenciarios 2010, de la Unión Internacional de Telecomunicaciones (UIT) celebradas en México.

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Sunday, 10 October 2010 17:41:07 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Saturday, 09 October 2010
Issue no. 5: PP-10 Highlights

ITU’s top management team for the next four years is now complete

Conference elects François Rancy of France as Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau and Brahima Sanou of Burkina Faso as Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau

On Friday evening (8 October 2010), the conference completed the elections for ITU’s five top jobs. This issue of the Highlights gives the election results of the two posts, for which the first round of voting started on 7 October 2010 - the post of Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau (BR) and the post of Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) (see also Issue No.4 of the Highlights).

For full text, see:

Saturday, 09 October 2010 17:34:54 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Connecting the Unconnected: ITU SG talks to Bolivian school children through SATMEX

ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré communicated a personal message to schoolchildren in a remote location high in the Bolivian Andes through a satellite link powered by SATMEX. Using the Ku band transmitter of the SATMEX 6 satellite, the SG emphasized the importance of connectivity to social and economic development of all communities, no matter how remote.


SATMEX CEO Patricio Northland is a strong proponent of 'connecting the unconnected' right across the entire Latin American continent. Under his the leadership, SATMEX has been partnering with ITU’s Radiocommunication and Development Sectors to help connect isolated schools and communities, offering broadband access and social applications like e-health and e-government.

Saturday, 09 October 2010 00:27:51 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 08 October 2010
Lanzan red digital para Jalisco

En 2013, 4.1 millones de jaliscienses formarán parte del proyecto: gobernador.

El programa tendrá un costo de 450 mdp; la primera etapa prevé tener conectados a 42 municipios en diciembre

En diciembre próximo, 6,322 escuelas públicas, hospitales y oficinas de gobierno en 42 de los 125 municipios de Jalisco formarán parte de la red digital estatal con servicio de banda ancha.

Con la red digital, las escuelas públicas podrán tomar alguna clase a distancia y los maestros podrán recibir capacitación, y en el caso de los hospitales, un paciente podrá tener un diagnóstico de un especialista médico que se encuentre en otra ciudad, informó el gobernador, Emilio González Márquez, al presentar el programa en el marco de la Conferencia de Plenipotenciarios de la Unión Internacional de Telecomunicaciones (UIT).

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Friday, 08 October 2010 22:46:58 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Rolling out broadband in the Philippines

Interview with Commission on ICTs Chairman, H.E. Mr Ivan John Uy, see:

For statement and video clip from the Plenary session, see:


Friday, 08 October 2010 22:29:53 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
3rd round of voting to take place for Director of Telecommunication Development Bureau

3rd round of voting scheduled for Friday, 8 October at 16:45.

For more information on the elections, see:

Friday, 08 October 2010 22:19:54 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
François Rancy elected as Director of ITU Radiocommunication Bureau
Friday, 08 October 2010 22:18:27 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
La UIT elige a los nuevos Directores de las Oficinas de Radiocomunicaciones y de Desarrollo de las Telecom

Los Miembros también reeligen a Malcolm Johnson Director de la Oficina de Normalización

Guadalajara (México), 8 de octubre de 2010 — La UIT dio hoy la bienvenida a los nuevos Directores de sus Oficinas de Radiocomunicaciones y de Desarrollo de las Telecomunicaciones. El Sr. François Rancy (Francia) y el Sr. Brahima Sanou (Burkina Faso) fueron elegidos por la Conferencia de Plenipotenciarios que se celebra en Guadalajara (México). El Sr. Rancy ganó las elecciones con 90 votos de 157 países presentes, mientras que el Sr. Sanou obtuvo 81 votos.

El Sr. Malcolm Johnson (Reino Unido) fue reelegido ayer Director de la Oficina de Normalización de las Telecomunicaciones (TSB). Era el único candidato al cargo y fue elegido con 152 votos.

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Friday, 08 October 2010 20:39:41 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Interview with Chair, Committee 5

Frédéric Riehl discusses the work of Committee 5 at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2010:

Friday, 08 October 2010 18:51:25 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Launch of Digital Poland initiative

Interview with Poland's Undersecretary of State responsible for telecommunication, Ministry of Infrastructure, Ms Magdalena Gaj, see:

For statement and video clip from the Plenary session, see:

Friday, 08 October 2010 18:11:52 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Rolling out broadband in Australia

Interview with Australian Minister for Broadband, Communications & the Digital Economy and Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate, Senator Stephen Conroy, see:

Friday, 08 October 2010 17:49:43 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Brahima Sanou elected as ITU Director of Telecommunication Development Bureau
Friday, 08 October 2010 00:26:26 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 07 October 2010
China commits to raising its financial contribution to ITU from 10 to 12 contributory units

H.E. Mr Liu Lihua, Member of the Leadership of the Ministry of Industry & Information Technology, Director General of the General Office of MIIT at PP-10 today. 

Check for statements and video clips from the Plenary sessions.

Thursday, 07 October 2010 22:35:34 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
2nd round of voting to take place for Directors of Radiocommunication and Telecommunication Development Bureaux

2nd round of elections scheduled for Friday, 8 October at 09:00.

For more information on the elections, see:

Thursday, 07 October 2010 22:16:52 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Malcolm Johnson re-elected as Director of ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau
Thursday, 07 October 2010 22:13:58 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Houlin Zhao re-elected as Deputy Secretary-General
Thursday, 07 October 2010 22:12:52 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Dr Hamadoun I. Touré re-elected as ITU Secretary-General
Thursday, 07 October 2010 22:11:53 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Issue no. 4: PP-10 Highlights

Elections got under way on 7 October 2010, with the conference re-electing Dr Hamadoun Touré as Secretary-General of ITU; Houlin Zhao as Deputy Secretary-General; and Malcolm Johnson as Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB). All three were first elected to these posts at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Antalya, Turkey, in November 2006 and took office on 1 January 2007.

Elections will continue on 8 October for the other two top posts of Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau (BR) and of Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT). Both posts have three contenders as follows: Fabio Leite (Brazil); François Rancy (France) and Dr Veena Rawat (Canada). Contenders for the post of BDT Director are: Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid (Saudi Arabia), who holds the post since 2007; Héctor Olavarría-Tapia (Mexico); and Brahima Sanou (Burkina Faso).

For full text, see:

Thursday, 07 October 2010 22:06:36 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Internet governance: interview with Amb. Verveer

Interview with H.E. Mr Philip L. Verveer, Ambassador, United States Coordinator, International Communications &  Information Policy, United States Department of State:

For statement and video clip from the Plenary session, see:

Thursday, 07 October 2010 00:57:37 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
ITU should play a pivotal role in interoperability

H.E. Prof Geoffrey LUNGWANGWA, Minister, Ministry of Communications & Transport for Zambia at PP-10 today. 

Check for statements and video clips from the Plenary sessions.

Thursday, 07 October 2010 00:11:00 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
La Conferencia de Plenipotenciarios ha elegido hoy al Secretario General y al Vicesecretario General de la UIT

Los Miembros de la UIT manifiestan confianza absoluta en los actuales, Dr. Touré y Sr. Zhao

Guadalajara (México), 7 de octubre de 2010 — Los Estados Miembros de la Unión Internacional de Telecomunicaciones eligieron hoy al Dr. Hamadoun I. Touré de Malí para desempeñar el cargo de Secretario General de la UIT durante un segundo periodo de cuatro años. La elección tuvo lugar en Guadalajara (México), durante la Sesión Plenaria matutina de la 18ª Conferencia de Plenipotenciarios de la UIT. El Dr. Touré, único candidato que se presentaba, fue declarado ganador con 151 votos en un proceso de elección en que estuvieron presentes y votaron los representantes de 157 países.

Dirigiéndose a los participantes en la Conferencia después de conocerse los resultados de la votación, el Dr. Touré dijo a los 1 500 delegados procedentes de todo el mundo que "prestará atención especial al acceso en banda ancha y se asegurará de que la ciberseguridad sea uno de los puntos prioritarios para todos". El Dr. Touré también ha prometido velar por que se tomen en consideración especial los pequeños Estados insulares en desarrollo y los países sin litoral.

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Wednesday, 06 October 2010 23:09:20 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 06 October 2010
Issue no. 3: PP-10 Highlights

On 6 October 2010, the conference approved the report of the Council on the activities of the Union for the period 2007-2010 (see Document PP-10/20). This report gives an overview of the main activities of the Union since the last Plenipotentiary Conference in Antalya in 2006, and summarizes progress in the implementation of the Strategic Plan for the years 2008-2011.

For full text, see:

Wednesday, 06 October 2010 22:02:26 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Korea to host ITU’s 19th Plenipotentiary Conference in 2014

Offer accepted by universal acclamation during PP-10.  For statement, see:

Interview with Korea Communications Commission Chairman, Mr See Joong Choi, see:

Wednesday, 06 October 2010 20:04:09 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Interview with Chair, Committee 6

Bruce Gracie discusses the work of Committee 6 at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2010:

Wednesday, 06 October 2010 18:44:11 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
"The development of ICT is inevitable”

Policy statement from Comoros at PP-10. Check for statements and video clips from the Plenary sessions.

Wednesday, 06 October 2010 18:28:25 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
ITU can make a real difference in broadband, regulation, climate change and accessibility...

H.E. Ms Judith Macgregor, UK Ambassador to Mexico at PP-10 today.  Check for statements and video clips from the Plenary sessions.

Wednesday, 06 October 2010 18:19:34 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Broadband zeitgeist at PP-10: broadband’s importance mentioned in almost every policy statement – from Micronesia to Lesotho; Iran to Côte d’Ivoire

Check for statements and video clips from the Plenary sessions.

Wednesday, 06 October 2010 18:04:15 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Micronesia speaks for SIDS (Small Island Developing States) at PP-10: ITU is all we have, the best we have, second to none…

Check for statements and video clips from the Plenary sessions.

Wednesday, 06 October 2010 17:57:52 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Serbian Minister launches ‘Girls Days’ at Women’s Breakfast

The 4th Thursday of April to be set as Girls Day to encourage girls to pursue ICT careers.

For statement, see:

Interview with H.E. Mrs Jasna MATIC, Minister, Ministry of Telecommunications & Information Society, see:

Wednesday, 06 October 2010 17:07:09 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Issue no. 2: PP-10 Highlights

ITU’s main sources of income are the contributions from its Member States, Sector Members and Associates, made under a free choice system. A key task for the Plenipotentiary Conference in Guadalajara is to approve ITU’s Financial Plan for 2012-2015, covering two biennial budget periods. Fundamental to the preparation of the Financial Plan is the determination in Swiss Francs of the contributory unit payable by Member States. At its annual session in April 2010, the Council fixed the provisional amount of the contributory unit at CHF 318 000 (or zero nominal growth) for the period 2012–2015.

Addressing the Plenary on Tuesday morning, ITU Secretary-General, proposed that the amount of the contributory unit should be fixed at CHF 318 000, maintaining a status quo. “I would like to ensure that we leave this Plenipotentiary Conference with a balanced financial Plan. The key to a robust financial Plan is a realistic revenue forecast,” Dr Touré stressed. I believe that we can here and now take the decision to set the definitive upper limit, in order to facilitate our ability to forecast revenue for the period 2012 – 2015,” Dr Touré added.

For full text, see:

Wednesday, 06 October 2010 16:56:22 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
FCC announces WISENET, a new online community for professional women in ICT

A new online community for professional women in ICT: announced by the US Federal Communications Commission at the Women’s Breakfast held during the Plenipotentiary Conference.

Wednesday, 06 October 2010 00:24:31 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Historic first address to PP10 from ITU’s newest member, Timor Leste

Timor-Leste delighted to be ITU’s 192nd member and will be bringing world-class ICT services to its people. For the full statement and video, check:

Tuesday, 05 October 2010 23:37:53 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Romania announces it will be doubling its financial contribution to ITU

Check for statements and video clips from the Plenary sessions.

Tuesday, 05 October 2010 23:32:23 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 05 October 2010
Issue no. 1: PP-10 Highlights

It was a moment of pride for ITU as Mexico’s President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa opened the Union’s 18th Plenipotentiary Conference on Monday, 4 October 2010. Some 2400 participants from 190 Member States, Sector Members and observer organizations, including over 80 ministers, 40 deputy ministers, and 40 ambassadors attended the opening ceremony at the Guadalajara EXPO Center. The conference kicked off with a video entitled “Mexico in your Senses”, taking participants on a fascinating virtual tour of a fabulous country...

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Tuesday, 05 October 2010 22:21:46 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
La UIT: vital para el desarrollo mundial

Guadalajara, Jalisco.- En el mundo se contabilizan cinco mil millones de personas con acceso a la telefonía celular, mientras que dos mil millones más están conectados por Internet; sin embargo, a pesar de la importancia que tienen los progresos realizados todavía resta mucho por hacer, precisó Houlin Zhao, vicesecretario general de la Unión Internacional de Telecomunicaciones (UIT), al dar lectura al mensaje del secretario general de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas, Ban Ki-Moon.

Al celebrarse la inauguración de la conferencia de los Plenipotenciarios donde participaron alrededor de 120 funcionarios de la UIT, además del presidente de México, Felipe Calderón Hinojosa; Ban Ki-moon añadió que en 145 años, la UIT ha desempeñado un papel crucial en el desarrollo de los sistemas de comunicaciones mundiales.

"Durante los últimos 60 años, la UIT ha sido un miembro insigne de la familia de las Naciones Unidas... ya que el progreso va desde el correo al telégrafo, de la radio a la televisión y de las comunicaciones satelitales al Internet".

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Tuesday, 05 October 2010 20:58:53 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Saudi Arabia expects to increase its financial contribution to ITU during PP-10

Tuesday, 05 October 2010 18:43:26 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Japan and USA reiterate their support for ITU and maintain their its status as two of the four main financial contributors to ITU

Tuesday, 05 October 2010 18:42:40 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
ITU membership agrees to add 2 new Council Members: one from the Americas and one from Asia & Australasia; bringing total number up to 48 Member States (of 192)

Tuesday, 05 October 2010 18:40:27 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Mexico’s President opens landmark ITU Plenipotentiary Conference

Global event underlines importance of ICTs as tool for social and economic progress for all

Guadalajara, Mexico, 4 October 2010 - ITU’s 18th Plenipotentiary Conference opened with a call by ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré for delegates to be “bold and visionary” in reaching agreements that will provide a sound platform for the development of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and services for the decade ahead.

ITU’s Plenipotentiary is the quadrennial global conference that decides strategy for ITU, the UN agency for ICTs responsible for allocating global radio spectrum, creating the technical standards that fuel all ICT networks, and developing and implementing strategies to bridge the ‘digital divide’.

Topics such as cybersecurity, Internet addressing, the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs), broadband access and ICTs and climate change will be high on the conference agenda.

Dr Touré urged delegates to “imagine, to innovate, and to create a bright, long-term future for the ICT sector.”

“I cannot over-emphasize the importance of the work we will undertake here in Guadalajara,” he said. “We are here to shape the future. Not just the future of the ITU, but the future of the ICT sector − which now influences every other business sector worldwide, and which now reaches into the lives of almost everyone on the planet. And the future − to quote the great Mahatma Gandhi − depends on what we do in the present.”

The event, which is taking place at the Guadalajara Expo centre from 4-22 October, is hosted by Mexico’s Ministry of Communications and Transport. It will welcome around 2,000 participants from some 190 ITU Member States, Sector Members and observer organizations, including over 80 Ministers, 40 Deputy Ministers, and 40 ambassadors.

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Monday, 04 October 2010 23:14:17 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 04 October 2010
ITU’s relevance continues to increase as the use of ICT becomes central to global economic progress and poverty alleviation

Read more via the policy statement from H.E. Mr Sachin Pilot, Honable Minister of State for Communications & IT, Government of India:

Monday, 04 October 2010 21:35:52 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Opening night reception at PP-10

Host city Guadalajara treated PP-10 delegates to a Mexican extravaganza at the opening night cocktail reception on Monday 4 October. The city transformed the park area next to The Arches monument into an outdoor salon featuring living dioramas of tequila making, a sensory tunnel taking guests on a virtual voyage through Jalisco state, and the chance to sample local food, beer, tequila, and - naturalmente - margharitas!  More than 1,000 delegates were beguiled by the balmy weather, an arresting Mexican music and dance spectacle and a stunning light show, topped off by a firework display culminating in a shower of Mexico’s national colours. Not to mention the world’s most charming and friendly team of waiters and young support staff, who bent over backwards to make sure everyone had a wonderful time. 

Monday, 04 October 2010 19:01:20 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Calderón respalda licitación de espectro

El presidente dijo que el proceso beneficia a la competencia en el sector de telecomunicaciones; el Estado mexicano recibirá casi 5,000 mdd por la concesión del espectro radioeléctrico, destacó.

GUADALAJARA (Notimex) — El presidente Felipe Calderón destacó la apertura para cerrar la brecha digital en el país que ha promovido la Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT) con las licitaciones de espectro radioeléctrico de 1.7 y 1.9 Gigahertz.

"La principal (estrategia), avalada por la Comisión Federal de Competencia (CFC), es el fortalecimiento del mercado, de la competencia y el rompimiento de barreras de entrada en la competencia por telecomunicaciones en México", mencionó el titular del Ejecutivo.

Calderón mencionó que este proceso ha dejado al país 5,000 millones de dólares para las arcas públicas. Asimismo, se ha puesto a disposición en el mercado casi 70% más que el espectro que se estaba utilizando en los servicios de telefonía móvil.

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Monday, 04 October 2010 00:27:22 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Sunday, 03 October 2010
Developed Countries Must Stop e-Waste Dumping

The Minister of Communications, Mr Haruna Iddrisu, has called on the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to critically consider ways of preventing developed countries from dumping e-waste in developing countries such as Ghana.

According to him, with the advent of digital broadcasting, there was the likelihood of such rich countries shipping their analogue television sets to the developing countries to aggravate the already precarious situation as far as the dumping of used computers among others is concerned.

Mr Iddrisu, who is also the immediate past President of the ITU Council, made the call in a contribution to discussions at the last meeting of the 2010 council meeting to finally close the session.

The call comes at a time when reports from the market already indicate a growing number of used television sets hitting the market from Europe and America at rock bottom prices following their migration from analogue to digital broadcasting by the close of 2015...

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Sunday, 03 October 2010 00:39:37 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Rueda de prensa de apertura

4 de octubre, 13:00-13:30, Sala G Jalisco. Participantes: Dr Hamadoun Touré, Presidente de la PP10, S.E. Juan Molinar, S.E. Emilio González...

Saturday, 02 October 2010 23:39:02 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Curtain riser video clip

Full playlist of PP-10 videos available from:

Saturday, 02 October 2010 23:04:54 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Saturday, 02 October 2010
Abordan en Jalisco banda ancha para medio planeta

El hotel Presidente Intercontinental se volvió un escenario multicultural, repleto de personas de diferentes partes del mundo que participarán en la Conferencia de Plenipotenciarios de la Unión Internacional de Telecomunicaciones (UIT), que se realizará en Guadalajara del 4 al 22 de octubre... 

Saturday, 02 October 2010 18:03:22 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Plenipotentiary Conference to be opened by Mexican President

Mexico’s President Felipe Calderón will open the 18th ITU Plenipotentiary Conference joined by the Minister of Communication & Transport, Mr Juan Francisco Molinar, and the Governor of the State of Jalisco, Mr Emilio González, alongside ITU’s five elected officials and the Mayor of Guadalajara city, Mr Jorge Aristóteles Sandoval...

Saturday, 02 October 2010 16:20:03 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 28 September 2010
Shaping the future of the ICT industry

Accredit now to cover our Plenipotentiary Conference in Mexico #PP10 

Tuesday, 28 September 2010 15:40:17 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Regulation of int'l tariffs & interconnection charges

See our latest backgrounder ahead of #PP10:
Tues 28 Sept 14:21 via TweetDeck

Tuesday, 28 September 2010 15:37:09 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 24 September 2010
Programme for the Plenipotentiary side events now available
Friday, 24 September 2010 19:37:51 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 23 September 2010
Breve explicación de la Conferencia de Plenipotenciarios

@ferlop89 Ver: #PP10

Thursday, 23 September 2010 19:40:54 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 22 September 2010
Jalisco tendrá la red digital más importante en Latinoamérica

b3forum RT @ITU_News: RT POR @informador. Ver: #mexico #PP10

Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:43:04 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |