ITU meet ends highlighting key ICT issues

The ITU Telecom World 2012, which concluded on Thursday, highlighted key issues in the field of Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

By Abdul Basit

Published: Fri 19 Oct 2012, 11:50 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 2:48 PM

The United Nations’ event addressed the topics of affordability and availability of internet access to everyone, cyber security, new innovations, and e-Health, with the objective of stimulating socio-economic development, improving productivity and sharing the benefits of ICTs amongst the world’s population.

The ICT event, which started on the 14th of this month, come to a conclusion following five days of high-level meetings, discussions, workshops and other activities and networking events held by the 120 delegations, 85 ministers, presidents of telecommunication companies, and numerous experts who took part in this key international event.

“We will continue to work hard to raise the profile of the UAE and its people on the global ICT map. The UAE, and Dubai especially, has received messages of praise and congratulations from all over the world for the success of this conference,” the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) director-general Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim said in his address at the closing ceremony. Hosted by TRA of the UAE, ITU Telecom World is the first of three pivotal events organised by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) that will take place in the UAE this year as the World’s telecommunications capital.

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is the United Nations’ specialised agency for ICTs.

The Dubai Convention Bureau, a division of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, the Dubai World Trade Centre, as well as etisalat and du, acted as strategic partners of the TRA, while the unique national pavilion of the TRA at the event also featured both operators. The participation highlighted the important role the UAE now plays in the global telecommunications arena as well as the advances the UAE has made in this field, in particular the introduction of 4G LTE technology — a first in the region.

The UAE, through the TRA, will also be hosting the World Telecommunication Standardisation Assembly (WTSA) from November 20-29, an event held every four years at the international level to discuss issues relating to international telecommunications standards. A one-day Global Standards Symposium (GSS) will be held on the 19th of November and will be dedicated to the private sector. The third and final ITU event will be the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) held from December 3-14.

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