Friday, 11 April 2014
DUBAI, UAE – Governments, industries, and the international communications user community were sent a powerful message this week with the unprecedented adoption by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) of three Resolutions that highlight the critical role played by satellite communications in serving consumers and enterprises worldwide.
“These Resolutions affirm the importance of satellite communications in delivering vital applications in every nation,” said David Hartshorn, Secretary General of GVF, the global association of the satellite communications industry. “From broadband services, tele-health and distance education to e-government, disaster preparedness, and wireless backhaul, the satellite industry’s ability to support urban, remote and rural requirements has never been greater.”
The Resolutions were adopted at the ITU World Telecommunications Development (WTDC) Summit, which was held at the Dubai World Trade Centre in the United Arab Emirates on 30 March -10 April. The theme of WTDC-14 was "Broadband for Sustainable Development". The objective of WTDC-14 was to establish work programmes and guidelines for defining telecommunication development questions and priorities and to provide direction and guidance for the work programme of the Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D) over the next four-year period.
The three Resolutions, and excerpts from each, included the following:
- Resolution Com3/2: ‘’… that new innovative terrestrial wireless systems as well as satellite system technologies can help bridge the digital divide, not only between developing countries and developed countries but also between urban, remote and rural regions where coverage by conventional fixed telecommunication services may not be adequate”;
- Resolution 37: “… that satellite broadband systems support communication solutions offering high connectivity, speed and reliability in both urban areas and rural and remote areas, and thus constitute a fundamental driver of economic and social development for countries and regions”;
- Resolution 11: “… that access to telecommunication/ICT services in rural, isolated and poorly served areas and indigenous communities can only be achieved through judicious choice of appropriate technological options (terrestrial and satellite) allowing access to and maintenance of good quality and economical services”.