Geneva, 12 July 2012 – ITU’s annual Global Symposium for Regulators, set to meet in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 2-4 October 2012, will look in-depth at the challenge of meeting new national broadband goals, promoting affordable access and ensuring safe and secure digital opportunities for all....
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Geneva, 12 July 2012 – ITU’s annual Global Symposium for Regulators, set to meet in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 2-4 October 2012, will look in-depth at the challenge of meeting new national broadband goals, promoting affordable access and ensuring safe and secure digital opportunities for all.
The meeting, which has earned a reputation as the pre-eminent global gathering of the information and communication technology (ICT) regulatory and policy-making community, is designed to foster cross-stakeholder dialogue between regulators, policy makers, industry leaders and other key ICT stakeholders.
Participants will engage in stimulating discussions on a wide range of compelling issues, including net neutrality, spectrum policy, international roaming, cloud computing, data protection and privacy, international and regional IP interconnection, and public-private-partnerships to foster network investment.
The event is being organized by ITU in collaboration with the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL), under the high Patronage of Sri Lankan President H.E. Mahinda Rajapakksa, who will preside over the opening on Monday 2 October. It will be chaired by TRCSL Chairman Lalith Weeratunga.
This year’s programme begins with an interactive High-Level Segment focusing on transnational regulatory issues in a converged digital era. The first two days of the symposium comprise the Global Regulators-Industry Dialogue (GRID, 2-3 October), and are open to regulators, policy makers and members of ITU’s Development Sector. The third day (4 October) is a closed session open to regulators and policy makers only. The morning session on Monday 2 October is open to media, culminating in a press conference scheduled to take place at 12:45.
Journalists are encouraged to accredit online now to attend this prestigious event. Formal accreditation prior to the event is essential to gain access to the event venue. Please note that accreditation will close on Friday 21 September and that there will be no accreditation onsite.
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For more information, please visit www.itu.int/GSR12 or contact:
Chief, Media Relations and Public Information,
Media accreditation enquiries:
Soraya Abino Quintana
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