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20 November, at 08 : 26 AM Print
Rwanda is among the countries that will show case their achievements during this year’s Telecom World conference taking place in Bangkok, Thailand.
ITU Telecom world is the leading telecom conference attended by telecoms CEO’s looking to discover new strategies, innovations and technologies that will transform the telecoms sector.
ITU Telecom organizes unique and global events for governments, industry leaders and regulators that form part of the world’s ICT community.
After the previous one that took place in Dubai last year, ITU Telecom World 2013 with over-arching theme of “Embracing Change in a Digital World” is taking place in Bangkok Hotel Novotel IMPACT Arena, Exhibition and Convention Center, one of the largest and most modern exhibition and convention centres in Asia.
The four day conference which kicked-off on Monday November 19 will see Rwanda showcase its achievements as among few African countries whose fast advancement in ICT has put it on the world map. The Rwanda pavilion will be exhibiting projects like the recently launched 4G LTE, a broadband network to cover 95 per cent of the population in three years.
At the conference, Rwanda is represented by Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) in collaboration with Rwanda Development Board and Broadband Systems Corporation.
Major topics that will be tackled include the way people communicate with each other, the dominant players in the ICT sector, business models, technological capabilities, standardization and regulatory regimes to accommodate new technologies and industry dynamics, and government policies to provide security and avoid deepening the digital divide.
Thailand previously hosted ITU Telecom Asia in 2008. This event is the last one organized under the leadership of ITU Secretary General Dr. Hamadoun Touré from Mali who is serving his second and last mandate until end of this 2014.
ITU country members will proceed in Plenipotentiary Conference on 20 October to 7 November 2014 in Busan, Republic of Korea where a new Secretary General will be elected before holding the next World Telecom event 2014 that shall take place in Qatar from December 07 – 10, 2014
Rwanda has continuously been active in these kinds ICT events to embrace the changes and the socio-economic opportunities brought by the digital world and share challenges with the rest of the world.
The writer Olivier Gihana, is a Telecom Lawyer intern at the International Telecommunication Union-Geneva