ICT sector, regulators meet in Dakar

BUSINESS

|
Image: Fatou Ndiaye Diop Blondin, Senegal’s Minister of Information and Communication Technologies. By ITU
Fatou Ndiaye Diop Blondin, Senegal’s Minister of Information and Communication Technologies

ICT industry representatives and regulators met in Senegal Tuesday for the third Global Industry Leaders’ Forum, ahead of the Global Symposium of Regulators (GSR), which gets underway on Wednesday.

Fatou Ndiaye Diop Blondin, Senegal’ s Minister of Information and Communication Technologies, welcomed delegates to the ITU GILF 2010 opening ceremony in Dakar.

ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau Director Sami Al Basheer Morshid said at the opening of the event that industry that governments and regulators had the same goals: a growing and vibrant ICT Sector.

He said: “ If by working together we manage to extend the benefits of ICT to as many people as possible across the world, we will stand to win. We have seen that the fastest growing ICT markets are the emerging markets, in particular in mobile. We now need to work together to extend this progress to broadband network expansion, to create a platform for innovative new services such as m-banking, m-government, m-health and other services.”

Under discussion were matters such as a regulatory environment that stimulates competition. A report emerging from the Global Industry Leaders’ Forum will be presented to the GSR on Wednesday.

The GSR, to run for the next three days, will examine the challenges for regulators to stimulate nationwide broadband deployment through adaptive and targeted regulations and out-of-the-box tools.

It will focus on the impact of broadband on and beyond the ICT sector as well as the driving forces of today’ s and tomorrow’ s ICT markets, notably the migration from analogue to digital terrestrial broadcasting and the allocation of the digital dividend.

GSR10 will also focus on the need to keep up with the pace of convergence and integration of ubiquitous networks, in particular through adapting institutional structure and mandates, adopting cutting-edge best practices and embracing new tools such as innovative dispute resolution techniques.



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE BUSINESS NEWS

The benefit cycle: how ICT and skills will sustain each-other in developing Africa

ICTs can develop skills, which in turn can develop the ICT sector, in a ‘benefit cycle’ that can propel Africa into the mainstream knowledge economy. But more effort is needed to get this wheel rolling, says Ayanda Dlamini, Business Development Manager at LGR Telecommunications. Read More

Nigerian carrier frets over naira devaluation, general elections

National carrier Globacom says it is worried over the devaluation of the naira and the uncertainties hanging in the air about next month’s general elections in the country. Read More

150 entrepreneurs advance to quarter-finals of Digital Change-makers competition

150 young Ghanaian entrepreneurs with varied digital solutions to improve the lives of Ghanaians, especially children, have made it to the quarter-finals of the Tigo Digital Change-makers competition. Read More

VMware reports fourth quarter and full year 2014 results

VMware, the global leader in virtualisation and cloud infrastructure, has announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2014. Read More

Maroc Telecom completes Moov takeover for 474 million euros

Maroc Telecom said this week that it has completed the takeover of all Moov operations in six African countries to the total value of 474 million euros. Read More

Citrix: SA office workers lose up to 559 hours a year due to lack of flexible work options

A Citrix study has found 20% of South African office workers work longer hours than contracted; losing up to 559 hours per year. Flexible working hours and the use of technology could improve the situation, it says. Read More

Wananchi Telecom prepares for rapid growth across Africa with global network services from Epsilon

Leading East African carrier Wananchi Telecom has partnered with Epsilon to connect African customers to more than 170 countries around the world. Read More

Setback for BTCL IPO as workers cry broke

With the Privatisation of Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited privatisation nearing completion, employees claim they do not have the funds to buy the five percent of shares allocated to them. Read More

Nomanini takes Africa by storm using Google Cloud Platform

Nomanini, a Cape Town-based mobile point of sale service that specialises in facilitating cash payments in emerging markets, has successfully scaled into six countries across Africa in just four years, using Google’s Cloud Platform.  Read More

Airtel Kenya announces senior management appointments

Airtel Kenya has appointed Josee Cremieux and Dick Omondi as the new customer service director and corporate affairs director respectively.   Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoiceMicrosoft 4Afrika

FEATURED STORY

UCC launches 2015 ACIA awardsUCC launches 2015 ACIA awards

Uganda has launched the fifth Annual Communications and Innovation Awards, which celebrate and foster ICT innovation and achievement.

IN DEPTH

Kenya’s digital TV battle hots up Kenya’s digital TV battle hots up

Kenya’s journey to Digital TV broadcasting took a new turn this week, when the Communication Authority of Kenya (CAK) accused three local media firms of intent to disrupt the process.

COMPANY NEWS

Albany CTG, Microsoft, collaborate on School of Government Program

The University at Albany’s Center for Technology in Government (CTG) has announced its collaboration with Microsoft Corporation to deliver executive level training to government leaders in Africa ...

VMware reports fourth quarter and full year 2014 results

VMware, the global leader in virtualisation and cloud infrastructure, has announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2014.

MTN to empower African businesses with AWS Direct Connect

MTN Group today announced it would be the first African company to offer Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect to business customers across multiple countries on the ...