Event Wrap: APEC TEL 50

By on 13 Oct 2014

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APNIC participated at the 50th Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Telecommunications and Information Working Group (APEC TEL 50) from 29 September to 3 October 2014, in Brisbane, Australia.

APEC TEL works to improve telecommunications and information infrastructure in the Asia Pacific region by implementing cooperation strategies and development projects.

APNIC activities:

  • Pablo Hinojosa presented in the E-Government Regulatory Round Table, outlining the evolution of IPv4 delegations and the need for IPv6 to allow growth to continue. Pablo highlighted that governments can have an important and positive role to play by encouraging IPv6 deployment through their own e-government initiatives.
  • Miwa Fujii presented the IPv6 deployment status at the Development Steering Group (DSG), providing a high-level overview of IPv6 readiness trends and noting the increasing deployment of IPv6 by cable and wireless service providers. Miwa also emphasized that mobile network operators need to consider IPv6 deployment in their next generation mobile network planning.
  • Sunny Yeung from Telstra Australia (APNIC Member) presented alongside APNIC at the DSG session, highlighting that network operators will each have unique trends that will dictate their transition to IPv6, and that any investment should be planned as long-term solutions.
  • Miwa delivered APNIC’s guest message at the second plenary, expressing APNIC’s willingness to contribute to future APEC TEL activities.

This was also the first time APEC TEL opened some of its conference sessions to remote participants. Working closely with the Australian government, APNIC helped with the webcasting of two plenary sessions and the Security and Prosperity Steering Group (SPSG) session. There was general agreement that the webcasting was successful. APNIC was thanked by a number of participants, including the Chair of APEC TEL, Ms Noor Sylyna Abdullah from Malaysia, for its in-kind support of this effort.

As the event was held in Brisbane, the home of the APNIC Secretariat, APNIC hosted several visits to the APNIC office from interested delegations to learn more about APNIC. Throughout the week, APNIC welcomed APEC members from Australia, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, United States, and Vietnam.

APEC TEL 51 will be held in Boracay, Philippines, during the second half of 2015.

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