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Monday, 23 April 2012 08:55

ITU manifesto calls for world-wide broadband access

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has produced, in conjunction with Ernst & Young, a manifesto as part of its bid to bring broadband connectivity to the whole world.

The document has its origins the ITU's annual major conference/exhibition, Telecom World. According to the event's general manager Blaise Judja-Sato, "It takes an in-depth look at four major issues arising from the event: improving accessibility, making the most of innovation, working together and regulatory and policy imperatives."

In the foreword, ITU secretary general, Dr Hamadoun Touré, says: "Imagine a world where we are all connected, where the benefits of broadband are enjoyed by each and every one of the world's population. That's what this 'First Steps Towards a Manifesto' document is all about. It's not just an acknowledgment that the world has changed, but a celebration of that change, embracing the many changes to come."

He adds: "[ITU Telecom World 2011] brought together leading lights from policy and industry, but this year we asked YOU to help us with the next stage of our mission to Connect the World. The result is this document: a shared tool to help persuade governments and industry to make the necessary investment in ICTs to drive positive change.

"Together, we can make a real difference. Let's take the recommendations in this document and make them reality. Let's strive even harder to leverage the incredible power of technology to improve the lives of people everywhere."

Ernst & Young's global telecommunications leader, Jonathan Dharmapalan, said: "In this document, we have used our expertise in the sector to highlight how radical thinking is required at all levels of the industry, from connecting the unconnected to creating smarter industry verticals.

"We have weaved the themes explored at ITU Telecom World 2011 into a document that shows how ICTs can create socioeconomic benefits...The continued development of all sectors using ICTs as a backbone requires strong leadership and clear vision matched by greater organisational responsiveness...'First Steps Towards a Manifesto' is as much a collection of the different voices calling for change as a call for the industry to take action."

ITU Telecom World 2012 will be held in Dubai from 14-18 October.

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