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ITU Telecom Asia 2008

Press release
20th September 2007

 ITUITU TELECOM ASIA 2008 heads to Bangkok, Thailand

Key event will bring leading players together to focus on region’s dynamic potential
Geneva, 17 September 2007 (UNDER EMBARGO) — ITU TELECOM ASIA 2008, the leading ICT Exhibition and Forum and major networking platform for players from across the Asia Pacific region, will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, 2-5 September 2008 at the IMPACT venue.

Asia spans some of the world’s most sophisticated telecommunications and ICT markets with the highest levels of ICT penetration. Economies such as the Republic of Korea, with a 29% broadband penetration in 2006 and Hong Kong, China with 25% are among the world’s broadband leaders. It also encompasses some of the world’s largest and fastest growing markets, such as China and India, where mobile subscribers alone account for some 494 million and 165 million respectively. 

A host of exciting new technologies, such as wireless or next-generation mobile are gaining ground across the region, and these have the potential to reach out to huge numbers of new users. The combination of all these factors makes it a truly exciting region to explore.

Showcase for state-of-the-art ICT

“ITU TELECOM ASIA 2008 will be the ideal opportunity for the region’s top names in ICT to come together in Bangkok, Thailand, to discover all that Asia’s ICT sector has to offer,” said ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré. “I look forward to seeing at this event the latest cutting-edge technologies that are shaping the ICT industry and debating some of the key trends and policies that will shape its future.”

Professor Sitthichai Pookaiyaudom, Minister of Information and Communication Technology of the Royal Thai Government said, “Bangkok, Thailand, is delighted to be hosting ITU TELECOM ASIA 2008. We believe that our excellent exhibition and convention facilities as well as host of visitor amenities, coupled with a dynamic national ICT sector and key strategic position within the region, make us an ideal location for this important event. We look forward to extending our full support toward its success.”

Bangkok was selected as the venue following a competitive bidding process in which a number of prospective hosts participated. It was chosen on the basis of a number of criteria, including financial viability.The TELECOM ASIA 2008 Exhibition will showcase the region’s latest ICT innovations while a high-level Forum will explore and debate key areas central to the growth of the Asia Pacific telecommunication industry. The event will also feature the Youth Forum, which will bring together young people from across the region for a packed programme of discussion and debate, the TDS (Telecommunication Development Symposium) as well as a host of networking opportunities for meeting and conducting business.
ITU TELECOM ASIA will be the key ICT event for the region in 2008.

For more information, please contact:
Sanjay Acharya
Chief, Media Relations and Public Information
Tel: +41 22 730 6135
Fernando Lagraña
Executive Manager
Tel: + 41 22 730 5094

About ITU

ITU is the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technology issues, and the global focal point for governments and the private sector in developing networks and services. For more than 140 years, ITU has coordinated the shared global use of the radio spectrum, promoted international cooperation in assigning satellite orbits, worked to improve telecommunication infrastructure in the developing world, and established the worldwide standards that foster seamless interconnection of a vast range of communications systems.

ITU also organizes worldwide and regional exhibitions and forums bringing together the most influential representatives of government and the telecommunications industry to exchange ideas, knowledge and technology for the benefit of the global community, and in particular the developing world.

From broadband internet to latest-generation wireless technologies, from aeronautical and maritime navigation to radio astronomy and satellite-based meteorology, from phone and fax services to TV broadcasting and next-generation networks, ITU continues to play a central role in helping the world communicate.

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