Itu Telecom Asia 2008

Itu Telecom Asia 2008 is set to open in Bangkok, Thailand in two weeks. The leading showcase for information and communication technologies (ICT) and the foremost networking platform for policy makers, regulators and the ICT industry from across the Asia-Pacific region will open its doors 2-5 September 2008 at the IMPACT Convention Centre, Muang Thong Thani, Bangkok.

The VIP/Press Day will be held on 1 September, beginning with the Opening Ceremony at 9:00 am. The Press conference will take place at 12 Noon followed by a Press lunch at 13:00 and a Press tour of the exhibition. A Ministerial round table and high-level dialogue between Ministers and industry leaders will also be held at the venue. The ITU Asia Pacific Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Report will be launched at the Press conference.

A regional commercial hub and ICT growth centre, Bangkok hosts ITU TELECOM ASIA for the first time and offers world-class facilities.

Reflecting the importance of Asia in the ICT sector, the ITU TELECOM ASIA 2008 show floor features the latest technologies and innovations from broadband and Internet services to mobile and wireless, next-generation networks and satellite technologies as well as applications to enhance cybersecurity, improve emergency response to tackle natural disasters and address the global challenges of our times such as climate change.

Exhibitors include companies from around the world: Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Hong Kong (China), Netherlands, India, Korea (Rep. of), Israel, Japan, Netherlands, Malaysia, Russian Federation, Switzerland, Thailand, UAE, United Kingdom, and USA.
ITU TELECOM Forum addresses the New Generation

The ITU TELECOM Forum explores key technologies, policies and applications which drive Asia's ICT sector. Building on the theme "New Generation, New Values", the Forum will focus on the needs and solutions for a new generation of intensely networked users. While addressing global concerns such as using ICT to monitor and mitigate climate change, emergency telecommunications to assist in natural disasters, and enhancing cybersecurity, the Forum will look at the technical and regulatory solutions for next-generation networks and broadband connectivity.

The Asian region is a leader in the development of broadband delivered via fibre optic, which is capable of providing ultra high speed Internet access and is essential for supporting the next generation of applications.

These and other critical issues will be addressed at ITU TELECOM ASIA 2008 in the TELECOM Forum, the Telecommunication Development Symposium and the Youth Forum. ITU Report highlights broadband leadership in Asia-Pacific region

According to the ITU Asia Pacific Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Report, the region is a world leader in telecommunications and ICT. It has the largest fixed telephone market, with almost half of the world's total fixed telephone lines. Home to over a billion mobile cellular subscribers, the Asia-Pacific region also has the largest mobile market share globally. The Report's main focus is on broadband - or high-speed Internet access. Increasingly recognized as a development enabler as well as an industry in its own right, broadband is truly transforming the way people communicate, work, and do business. The region is home to many of the world's broadband leaders in terms of fixed and mobile broadband penetration and services.

Despite the many success stories, the region is fraught with disparities. Broadband in Asia-Pacific: too much, too little? - the subtitle of the Report - refers to the divide between economies with ubiquitous and affordable access and those where ICT applications are limited by narrowband networks. While some people in Asia live the ultimate Internet high-speed experience, there is a stark contrast between the region's high-income economies and the low and lower-middle income economies, where progression towards fixed and mobile broadband is slow and Internet access is limited and costly. While most of the region's high-income economies have launched mobile broadband networks, few of the low and lower-middle income economies have done so.

ITU's Asia-Pacific Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Report is an invaluable information tool to inform and guide policy-makers, investors, analysts and other observers of the Asia-Pacific telecommunications and ICT landscape. It contains an extensive statistical overview of key sector developments, and identifies a number of steps that policy makers in countries with limited access can take to accelerate broadband deployment.

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