The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand (NBTC) together with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) jointly organized the Asia-Pacific Regional Forum on Universal Access and Service and Broadband Deployment 2015 from 25-27 March 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Forum was organized under the ITU/ADB framework on ICT for Development in the Asia-Pacific Region (ICTD-ASP).
The three-day forum, featuring plenary sessions, bi/multi-lateral meetings, and exhibition, aimed to:
- Provide a forum for all relevant stakeholders to meet and discuss about issues, challenges, and opportunities concerning Universal Access and Service, sustainable ICT development projects as well as broadband deployment;
- Identify innovative approaches for promoting broadband through USO framework and/or public-private partnership;
- Identify potential projects which could be implemented under the ICTD-ASP framework; and,
- Push forward a proposal to make the Asia-Pacific USO forum a regular event e.g. on an annual basis.
APNIC Development Director Duncan Macintosh attended the meeting.
APNIC staff activities included:
- Attended the Pacific Stakeholders Preparatory Meeting for the Pacific ICT Ministerial Meeting 2015; Universal Access and Service from the Supply Side: Broadband Infrastructure Development; Universal Service Funds & Public‐Private Partnership
- Had bilateral meetings with PITA; Nepal Telecommunications Authority; a representative from US Coordinator for International Communications & Information Policy (State Department); Regional Director of Intel (Asia Pacific and Japan) for Corporate Affairs; Chairman of the National Communications Authority of Timor Leste; Chairman of the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority and Chief Officer for Industry Regulation at MCMC/SKMM, Malaysia.
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