Fostering Open Access to International Fiber

ITU, Action Line C6

To make broadband Internet access more affordable and available, particularly in developing countries, access to international fiber optic communications should be provided on an open, fair and equitable basis. Enabling policy, regulatory, technical and commercial measures are key to the development of affordable access.  The discussion will focus on how to best leverage existing initiatives and platforms to enrich the dialogue and strengthen the cooperation at regional and global level.

Preliminary Programme

15:00 – 15:10:

Opening remarks by Mr Kemal Huseinovic, Chief, Infrastructure, Enabling Environment and E-Application Department, Telecommunication Development Bureau (ITU/BDT)

15:10 – 15:20:

Focus presentation on Fostering open access to international fiber
by Mr Peter Lovelock, TRPC, Singapore – remote participation

15:20 – 15:50:

Interactive debate among Panelists

15:50 – 16:20:

General discussion – opening of the floor: onsite and to remote audience

16:20 – 16:30:

Wrap-up by the Moderator and closing of the Session

Speakers / panellists

Moderator:  Ms. Sofie Maddens, Head, Regulatory and Market Environment Division, ITU/BDT


  1. Ms Salam Yamout, National ICT Strategy Coordinator at the Presidency of the  Lebanon Council of Ministers, and RIPE NCC Executive Board Member
  2. Mr Robert Ordanoski, Director Agency for Electronic Communications, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  3. Ms Rosemary Mbabazi, Permanent Secretary of the Minister of Youth and ICT, Republic of Rwanda

  4. Mr David Satola,  Lead Counsel, ICT Legal Advisor, The World Bank
  5. Ms Jane Coffin, Director Development, Internet Society (ISOC)

  6. Mr Mike Jensen, Association for Progressive Communications (APC) – remote participation
Session's link to WSIS Action Lines
  • C6. Enabling environment
Session's link to the Sustainable Development Process

WSIS Action Line C6 has strong connection with the following Sustainable Development Goals:

Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and Sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Session 214
  • Thursday 28 May,
  • Room C2, ITU Tower
  • Interactive Action Line Facilitation Meeting

WSIS Forum 2015 | Innovating Together: Enabling ICTs for Sustainable Development
25–29 May 2015, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Place des Nations, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland