Sign up for GSR-13, Warsaw, Poland, 3-5 July 2013


Registration is open for the Global Symposium for Regulators, to take place in Warsaw, Poland, from 3 to 5 July 2013.   We’d like to thank those who have already registered and encourage others who are interested to register soon. It will be preceded by one day of pre-events on 2nd July 2013.

Under the overarching theme of “4th Generation regulation: driving digital communications ahead“ participants will examine the transformational nature of communications and the evolution to 4th generation ICT regulation in a connected society led by the changing nature of the communications ecosystem, changing market dynamics and traffic patterns, and changing regulatory practices and roles.

Since its launch in 2000, the annual Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR) has provided a unique venue for regulators and policy-makers from both developed and developing countries to meet and exchange views and experiences.  It has covered a wide range of topics that are subsequently published in our highly popular Trends publication.   For a preview of Trends 2013 take a look at some recent ITU News articles:

Data protection and privacy in the cloud: Whose cloud is it anyway?

The cloud’s economic clout

Regulation in the cloud

Funding universal broadband: Public-private partnerships show the way


The BDT Director’s official mission to Guatemala.

guatemala_smallMr Brahima Sanou, Director, BDT meets Juan Carlos Paiz,  Presidential Commissioner for Competitiveness and Investment and Eddy Padilla Superintendent of Telecommunications during an official mission to Guatemala. The meeting touched upon Guatemala’s priorities and their coincidence with ITU-D priorities, namely developing a National Broadband Plan and a National Emergency Telecommunication Plan, and agreed on a way forward to accomplishing them.

Participate in developing our new Spectrum Management Training Programme


Would you like to join us in developing high level training materials for the Spectrum Management programme?

We are pleased to inform you that we are embarking on the development of a Spectrum Management Training Programme (SMTP), the first in a series of educational programmes to be developed under the ITU Academy. SMTP will provide high level training materials in all areas of Spectrum Management, which will be developed by experts drawn from within and outside the ITU. The new Programme will cover a full range of topics. It will constitute the global “golden standard” for Spectrum Management training.

The ultimate aim is to have an ITU certified programme that can be delivered through various channels, such as Centres of Excellence or universities.

The SMTP is designed for anyone who would like to enhance and broaden their professional knowledge while working in the field of Spectrum Management, such as those working in a national regulatory authority or a company operating in wireless communications.

We would like to invite all stakeholders to join the ITU in the development of the SMTP.

For further information please contact or visit


Welcome to our new Sector Members


We are delighted to welcome the following new Sector Members and Associate:

Did you know that our Sector Membership Portal is one of the most popular BDT web pages?  AKHET Consulting FZ LLE and Ncell Pvt. Ltd. are already on the Portal and we hope to see the others there soon.

New premises for ITU Regional Office for Asia and Pacific

DSC00021We are delighted to announce that our Regional Office for Asia and Pacific has moved to new premises. The new office held an opening event with some 100 guests from the Ministries of ICT and Foreign Affairs from Thailand, NBTC, leading industries, UN agencies, regional organizations including APT, IMPACT (the venue of ITU TELECOM World)/PICO, academia and former officials as well as our IT colleagues from ITU Head Quarters and all staff of the Asia Pacific Regional Office.

Regional Preparatory Meeting for CIS takes place in Chisinau, Moldova

Preparations for ITU’s upcoming World Telecommunication Development Conference were launched in Chisinau, Moldova with the Regional Preparatory Meeting (RPM) for CIS, preceded by a one day Regional Development Forum (RDF) for CIS.

ITU’s World Telecommunication Development Conference 2014 (WTDC-14) will take place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, 31 March – 11 April 2014. The gathering of policy makers, regulators and experts from around the world will prepare a plan of action for the next four years.

Noting that the CIS Region is one of the most dynamic and fast moving regions of the world in terms of ICT development, Brahima Sanou, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau, said, “Now that the region has almost achieved universal access to mobile communications, the next challenge is to develop fixed and mobile broadband on the same scale. This will contribute to sustainable development through timely service delivery for health, education, banking, and business.”

Sector membership – who joined recently?

We are delighted to have had 38 companies, organizations and/or academia join the ITU-D Sector in 2012, bringing the total number to 369 at the end of December 2012. Most recently the following entities joined:
The International Center for Promotion of Enterprises, based in Slovenia, joined the ITU-D Sector as a Member.
IMTS, France and the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc., United States of America joined as ITU-D Sector Associates.