ITU Regional Forum for the Arab Region on IMT Systems: Technology, Evolution and Implementation

On 9th May the ITU closed its Regional Forum for Arab Region on IMT Systems: Technology, Evolution and Implementation which was held in Tunis, Tunisia at the kind invitation of Tunisie Telecom.

The forum started on 7th May in the presence of H.E. Mr. Mongi Marzouk, Minister of ICT Tunisia,  the CEO of Tunisie Telecom Mr. Mokhtar Mnakri, and the regional representative of the ITU-BDT Cairo, Ms. Rouda Alamir Ali.

Participation in this Forum was opened to ITU Member States, Sector Members and Associates, as well as to any individual from an ITU Member State wishing to contribute to the work of the Forum. Academia and associated institutions were also welcome.

The Forum provided an opportunity for senior or mid-level managers of mobile network operators or mobile virtual network operators, analysts and investors examining IMT markets and opportunities, telecommunication regulators, and equipment and technology vendors to share their knowledge, experiences and views on the future of the industry.

The Forum was designed to address the needs of investors, operators, service providers and related businesses considering or planning their entry into the IMT mobile broadband market.

The Forum provided a vision of IMT as a new mobile broadband business, its key differentiators and challenges, both from a technical and commercial perspective. It also gave an overview and an update on the status of the IMT industry and of its trends.

The sessions addressed the following topics: IMT Global Status Report; research activities on technologies for future mobile communications in the Arab Region; IMT business & market forecasts; views on mobile and wireless communications for 2020 society; and IMT networks frequencies and spectrum.

The high level of speakers and the number of participants (200+), the interest demonstrated during all sessions, in addition to the good level organization  have made the event a big success.

The presence and active participation of Ms. Lobna Smida, a handicapped young women who questioned about the technological advances of mobile broadband for the disabled has to be highlighted as a salient point of the Forum.

The final panel discussions have generated several outcomes and recommendation for “Fostering the development of Broadband Mobile in the ARB Region”. The final list of outcomes and recommendations are posted on the web where also all presentations and information have been continuously uploaded in real time during the duration of Forum.

Follow this link to access the electronic magazine “Business News” that reports this Forum.

ITU Regional Office for the Arab States, Cairo

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Global ICT Forum on Human Capacity Development

• ITU Global ICT Forum on Human Capacity Development takes place in Cape Town, South Africa: 22-25 October 2012

The ITU Global ICT Forum on Human Capacity Development (HCD) took place from 22-25 October 2012, in the scenic city of Cape Town, South Africa. The theme of the Forum was “Digital Inclusion: Transition from Analogue to Digital Broadcasting”. The event attracted approximately 282 delegates from 56 countries.

The Forum was a high-level event which brought together various experts, including high-level officials, policymakers, regulators, non-governmental organisations, academia and private sector. These experts came from a broad range of areas such as telecommunications, human capacity development, education, business, management, and informatics. They exchanged useful experiences and discussed the capacity building challenges of transitioning to digital broadcasting and how to address these challenges. Delegates also discussed country case studies on the transition issue, in particular regarding human capacity development.

The event was hosted by the Department of Communications of the Republic of South Africa, under its eSkills Institute, and Telkom South Africa. The eSkills Institute used the Forum to host its 2nd, national e-Skills Summit, which drew many delegates from the e-Skills partner institutions within South Africa. At the end of the Forum they were able to come up with their own Agenda for Action. The experience of South Africa with its eSkills Agenda was very instructive for other countries who felt it was something they could also emulate.

During the Forum, the Director of BDT, Mr Brahima Sanou, launched the ITU Academy, and emphasised the importance of capacity building for any nation-building and for development in general.

The final report now available on the ITU Academy website at: http://academy.itu.int.

New report on Mobile Accessibility

Download ReportThe International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Digital Inclusion Unit and the global initiative for inclusive ICTs (G3ict) have published a new report on “Making mobile phones and services accessible for persons with disabilities”.

ITU and G3ict also co-produce the e-accessibility Policy Toolkit for Persons with Disabilities and jointly organize awareness raising and capacity building programmes for policy makers and stakeholders involved in accessibility issues around the world.

The joint G3ict/ITU report is the result of several years of inquiry conducted by both organizations on the topic of mobile accessibility and made possible thanks to the dedication and editorial support of the Center for Internet and Society. This cooperation is driven by the same objective: to identify and promote effective mobile solutions to benefit persons with disabilities.

The study compiles and analyses different ways in which mainstream accessible mobile phone technologies and services are already implemented around the world by various stakeholders. It includes a wealth of practical information and case studies which can serve as a foundation to promoting accessible mobile phones and mobile assistive technologies.

The Report is downloadable for free here.