DUBAI, 24th September, 2018 (WAM) — The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, TRA, represented by its Director-General, Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, has participated in the annual meeting of the Broadband Commission held in New York City, USA.
In his speech at the meeting, he addressed a number of important issues in Information and communications technology, ICT, such as the challenges of organising the sector, future policies and regulations, and the UAE role in this field. He also invited the audience to attend the ITU PP-18, which will be held in Dubai from 29th October to 16th November, 2018.
The commission discussed the important issues and developments in ICT, and the progress with regard to the seven goals set by the Commission for achieving sustainable development by 2025, which are based on worldwide broadband deployment, achieving gender equality and increasing the number of broadband users.
During his participation, Al Mansoori noted the great role played by the Broadband Commission as an important platform for the global telecommunications sector, where he said, “The spread of broadband is of great benefit to all countries and nations, as it effectively helps in increasing learning opportunities, sharing knowledge and information among all peoples, and plays a significant role in the equality of races and nationalities. The spread of broadband will result in better living opportunities for both genders by giving them the skills to take on new jobs, hence the importance of the role played by the Broadband Commission in the happiness of humanity and improving the standard of living of various nations of the world.”
He indicated that the high level of ambitions in ICT regulation has led to more challenges, and said, “We aspire for all nations to have the best ICT technologies, but these aspirations cannot be achieved if we do not find solutions to a number of obstacles and challenges, the most important of which is the provision of the necessary infrastructure for the deployment of ICTs, in addition to providing the human resources capable of handling and operating them, and raising cybersecurity awareness. These and other challenges require us to work hard to achieve the seven goals set by the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development by 2025.”
He underscored the great role played by the UAE in ICT promotion by adopting the best policies and practices in this field and its continued support to the least developed countries in the region.
He emphasised the readiness of the UAE to host the Plenipotentiary Conference or PP, and said, “Today, the UAE has the qualified manpower and advanced infrastructure to successfully host the world’s largest events. We are now finalising the preparations for hosting the PP, and we are confident that we are can achieve the best results.”
Broadband, meaning increased bandwidth, is a technology solution to increase Internet speed, enabling organisations to deliver innovative services based on the mass influx of qualitative and quantitative information generated by applying such band. It also contributes effectively to the foundations of smart transformation, especially in ambitious UAE projects such as Big Data, smart buildings, Internet of Things, and others.
The General Authority for Regulating the Telecommunications Sector of the UAE issues regulations for the Information and Communication Technology Sector to promote the national knowledge-based economy. The development of this sector directly supports the social and economic growth, which corresponds to UAE Vision 2021.