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From Global Industry Leader Forum to the IETF-71

March 17, 2008 - 1 Comment

monique_morrow.jpgLast week was quite a busy one for myself, as I had participated in the first ever industry and international regulator forum on March 10, that was chaired by Sanjay Ahuja, CEO Orange, Global Leader industry Forum held at Pattaya, Thailand.I was a panelist in session 1, Universal access, chaired by Chairman and moderator, Mr Ph. Jorphochaudom, President CAT, Thailand. The Global Symposium for Regulators, GSR, March 11-13, followed this session and was attended by Cisco’s RM Pepper, Sr. Director, Government Affairs. Pepper participated in GSR Session 1:Overview and Basic Infrastructure-Sharing and Extending Open Access to National Fibre Backbones in Developing CountriesCisco SP Marketing with support from Carrier Standards Director, Rajiv Kapoor funded a social event at this venue in Thailand. The GILF and GSR were successful for the ITU since the venue was able to attract greater than expected ~ 600 attendees including regulators from 96 countries discussing topics important to making the Information Society more inclusive in improving the lives of people around the world.The high-level platform for industry leaders led to an interactive exchange with regulators and policy-makers, covering issues related to universal access and rural connectivity, emergency telecommunications as well as stimulating business investment and expansion. Wrapping up the outcomes of the industry leaders’ meeting, Chairman of GILF Mr Sanjiv Ahuja, who is also Chairman of Orange U.K. and CEO of Augere, made a commitment on behalf of the ICT industry to do what is right. “We will serve our customers fairly, properly and with respect, and satisfy the needs of the local economy and the community that we function in,” said Mr Ahuja. “We will compete fairly, openly, fiercely and vigorously in every market in which we participate; in return we ask the Regulators to give us as much leeway as possible within the laws of the country.” He added that as “leaders of industry we have to balance our shareholder interests with consumer interests in the regulated business that we work in.” Addressing one of the key themes of GSR-08, he noted, “Network sharing is a potentially powerful tool operators can use to cost-effectively extend telecommunication services, including broadband connections to many millions of people.” “The presence of CEOs, industry leaders and major suppliers will enhance the investment environment and stimulate business connectivity at the regional and global levels,” said Mr Suranan Wongvithayakamjorn, Secretary-General of NTC. “The ITU initiative in organizing the first Global Industry Leaders’ Forum will be a crucial step in laying down a telecommunications platform for emerging and existing industries.” The meeting,was opened by Mr Mun Patanotai, Minister for Information and Communication Technology of Thailand. He said GILF offers a unique opportunity for industry leaders to interact face to face with regulators and policy makers with mutual benefits for all concerned. “GILF is an opportunity for business leaders to express their views on how national regulatory frameworks impact their ability to invest and roll out networks to all the world’s citizens,” said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Toure. Speaking at the opening Press conference, he said there are currently 3 billion mobile phone subscribers worldwide, which represents half the world’s population. “Our goal is to ensure that all the world’s citizens will have access to information and communication technology services by 2015,” Dr Toure said. The ITU press release on both venues is available here.After GILF, I entered Philly on March 11 to participate in the 71-IETF hosted by Comcast. There were several highlights at this venue, one of which was the shutdown of IPv4 during the Wednesday plenary as to encourage IPv6 only participation. This was an event in planning by the Internet Society. Further, at the Technical Plenary, March 13, IAB Chair Olaf Kolkman provided an overview on the TMPLS topic citing a few people for their efforts.This plenary included several presentations, e.g. Marshall Eubanks, The Video Tsunami: Internet Television, IPTV and the coming Wave of Video on the Internet.And Professor Keith Ross, P2P Live Internet Video.The subsequent discussions around these presentations were around the architecture of the Internet, and, mechanisms required for video, eventual live streaming and P2P transport. This dialogue continues!

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