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Statement by Dr. Iskander Basuki Yusuf, Vice Minister for Posts and  Telecommunications  


Mr. Hamadoun Toure, ITU Secretary-General
Mr. Paulo Campos, Chairman of the Forum
Distinguished delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is an honor for me to be here today representing Indonesia to deliver my comments on the report of the Secretary General and to express our views with regards to the ICT and telecommunication policy making.

Ladies and gentlemen,

First of all let me express my gratitude to the International Telecommunication Union for convening us here in a beautiful city, Lisbon of Portugal, to exchange views and share knowledge as well as experience on the many important issues that arise from the current and rapid development of ICT and telecommunication environment.

This forum surely not only enables us to expand and refine our expertise in defining and formulating the most suitable and appropriate policies to regulate the ICT and telecommunication industry in each member state, but also strengthens the good cooperation among ITU Member States and Sector Members.

Ladies and gentlemen,

As set out in the Secretary General’s report, I note that we must underline the urgency of convergence. To quote from the report, I must admit that convergence combined with the evolution to all IP-based wireless and wired NGNs provide both tremendous opportunities for the telecommunication industry and significant challenges to member states. In its main assessment, convergence is identified as the main factor for change for the ICT sector and the society at large.

The core vision of convergence that should be shared by the government and other players in ICT/telecommunication industry is that, with the implementation of converged media and communication technologies and markets, every user would be able to connect everywhere and anytime with access to adaptive and high quality contents and communication services, in a safe and conducive environment.

In reality, NGN has been initiated in Indonesia and is developing rapidly, and therefore it is essential that we adjust the current overall regulatory frameworks to facilitate the increased trends of convergence.

I hope you all would agree with me that one of the main challenges faced by the policy makers is to ensure that the set of regulatory frameworks influencing converging sectors complement each other and provide legal certainty. The purpose is to respond to rapid technological changes in a way that encourages competition, unites the internal market and benefits users.

Therefore, convergence should be discussed with a purpose to achieve a common understanding of current trends and to address critical questions relevant for convergence, such as networks, services and users.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Consequently, convergence requires the realization of Next Generation Networks (NGNs), which allow a greater integration of services on a single network.

It is a common understanding that NGNs provide the technical underpinning of convergence, representing a single transport platform on which the carriage of pr

eviously distinct service types such as video, voice and data converges together with new and emerging services and applications.

While the ideas of convergence and migration to NGNs have become the matters of urgent drives, I must put forward that the developing countries may face additional challenges. A real challenge that has to be overcome as soon as possible is the need to establish a basic high capacity national backbone network, as an urgent requirement for a smooth introduction of NGNs as well as broadband access. It also assists in lessening the requirements for valuable frequency spectrum and enhancing the efforts of narrowing the gap between developed and developing countries; including between urban and rural areas.

Indonesia has realized that high capacity backbone networks are very important to implement the NGNs. Therefore, we have designed a project called Palapa Ring Project to connect all the provinces and districts in Indonesia.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Representing Indonesia as a fellow ITU member state and developing country, I hope I may call for all delegates gathered in this forum to bring in any solution for all challenges that may arise from the era of convergence and NGNs. I am certain that this forum will be most beneficial for developing countries in terms of beating the challenges and turning them into an even opportunity for all countries.

Thank you.