July 2017

APT Newsletter

Asia-Pacific Telecommunity

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Recent Events                    

2nd Meeting of the APT Conference Preparatory Group for WRC-19 (APG19-2)

17 - 21 July 2017, Bali, Indonesia

The 2nd Meeting of the APT Conference Preparatory Group for WRC-19 (APG19-2) was held from 17 to 21 July 2017 in Bali, Republic of Indonesia. The meeting was hosted by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT), Republic of Indonesia. The meeting was attended by 384 participants from APT Members, Associate Members, Affiliate Members, UN Agencies, regional/international organizations and other organizations. The inaugural address was delivered by Dr. Ismail, Director General, Resources and Equipment of Postal and Information Technology, MCIT, Republic of Indonesia.

 

The main objective of APG19-2 was to develop preliminary views of APT on WRC-19 Agenda Items. The meeting considered about 70 input contributions and 30 information documents received for the meeting as well as considered the preliminary views of the APT Members on WRC-19 Agenda Items.

 

After lengthy discussion at the drafting groups for each agenda item, the meeting was able to develop and approve the preliminary views of APT on WRC-19 Agenda Items. The meeting considered liaison statements from APT Wireless Group informing APG-19 on studies related to WRC-19 Agenda Items. The meeting also noted the preparation of ITU for WRC-19 as well as the preliminary views of other regional organizations like ASMG, ATU, CEPT, CITEL, RCC, ICAO and IARU.

 

In addition, the meeting provided an opportunity for the participants to have in-depth understanding of various WRC-19 Agenda Items. In this regards, Working Parties of APG-19 organized informal presentation sessions during APG19-2 on various agenda items. The presentations on the Agenda Items are made available as Information Documents.

            

The meeting also discussed the and agreed the following dates and venue for the future meetings of APG-19:

·         APG19-3:     12 -16 March 2018, Perth, Australia

·         APG19-4:     7-12 January 2019, Republic of Korea

·         APG19-5:     31 July – 6 August 2019, Japan

 

APT Members are encouraged to contribute to the meetings of APG-19 to prepare for WRC-19.

 

From left: Mr. Xiaoyang Gao, Vice-Chairman of APG; Mr. Mario Maniewicz, Deputy Director, ITU Radiocommunication Bureau; Ms. Areewan Haorangsi, Secretary General of APT;  Dr. Ir. Ismail, Director General, Resources and Equipment of Postal and Information Technology, MCIT, Republic of Indonesia; Dr. Kyu-Jin Wee, Chairman of APG; Mr. Neil Meaney, Vice-Chairman of APG; and Mr. Masanori Kondo, Deputy Secretary General of APT

 

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17th APT Policy and Regulatory Forum (PRF-17)

24 - 26 July 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka

The 17th APT Policy and Regulatory Forum (PRF-17) was held from 24 to 27 July 2017 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The forum was hosted by Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRC). PRF-17 was attended by 134 participants from APT Members, Associate Member, Affiliate Members, International/Regional Organizations and other organizations.

 

His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, presided over the opening ceremony. Mr. Austin Fernando, Secretary to the President & Chairman of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka, delivered the inaugural address.

 

The forum elected Mr. M. Kingsly Fernando (Sri Lanka) as the new Chairman of PRF. The forum included the Roundtable on ICT Policy and Regulatory Trends which were joined by high-level government officials from Japan, Maldives, and Singapore. The Roundtable started with the Keynote Address by ITU which provided insight on ICT Trends and Developments in Asia and the Pacific. The discussions were made further on the global trends and key priorities in ICT policies and regulations. There was also a Business Dialogue to highlight the role of mobile, satellite and Internet in building digital infrastructure.

 

The forum discussed several topics of innovation including impacts of “data” in digital society, free flow of data across the border in order to harness its potential power, ICT as a tools for boosting overall welfare of people and business, and ICT as enabler for other sectors including agriculture, etc. The discussion on digital financial inclusion emphasized opportunities and challenges in mobile financial services, the possible areas of coordination among parties such as financial regulators, telecom regulators and mobile money service provider.

 

The forum also addressed development of broadband connectivity from some member countries and issues to be addressed to improve broadband connectivity, and also discussed how to develop and maintain secure, trusted and resilience ICT network services. The discussion also addressed challenges related to disaster management (preparedness and risk reduction and mitigation) in Asia-Pacific.

 

The forum concluded successfully with active participation and contributions from all participants. Bangladesh proposed to be the host of the next PRF. The date and time of PRF-18 will be decided during the 41st session of the Management Committee to be held in November this year.

 

From left: Mr. Seiji Takagi as representative of Mr. Yasuhiko Taniwaki, Chairman of PRF; Mr. M. Kingsly Fernando, newly elected Chairman of PRF; Ms. Areewan Haorangsi, Secretary General of APT; H.E. Maithripala Sirisena, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka; Mr. Austin Fernando, Secretary to the President & Chairman of Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka; and Mr. Masanori Kondo, Deputy Secretary General of APT

 

 

 

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2nd Meeting of the Correspondence Group on the Strategic Plan of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity for 2018-2020 (CGSP-2)

27 July 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka

The 2nd Meeting of the Correspondence Group on the Strategic Plan of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity for 2018-2020 (CGSP-2) was held on 27 July 2017, back to back with the 17th APT Policy and Regulatory Forum (PRF-17), in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The meeting was attended by 46 participants from Members, Associate Members, and APT Secretariat. The meeting was also attended by Australian participants via remote connection.

                                                                                                

APT Secretariat had drafted the Strategic Plan, in particular Action Plan and circulated the draft Strategic Plan to all APT memberships in early May 2017 after incorporating the comments of CGSP members.

 

CGSP-2 discussed five strategic pillars under section “Strategic Pillars and Action Plans” of the draft Strategic Plan.The meeting also agreed on a tentative work plan for CGSP. It was decided that the current version of the draft Strategic Plan would be circulated on 31 July 2017 for members’ review and comments to be finalized as the 2nd version of the draft Strategic Plan to be consulted to APT members before the upcoming General Assembly of APT.

 

From left: Ms. Areewan Haorangsi, Secretary General of APT; Mr. Myers Chin Techitong, Chairman of CGSP; and Mr. Masanori Kondo, Deputy Secretary General of APT

 

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Secretariat Activity

 

APT Secretary General speaks at International ICT Volunteer (IIV) 2017

 

 

On 3 July 2017, Ms. Areewan Haorangsi, Secretary General of APT, gave a welcome address at the Welcome Ceremony and Orientation of the International ICT Volunteer (IIV) 2017 held at the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES) in Bangkok, Thailand.

 

The event was organized by the ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in collaboration with the National Information Society Agency (NIA), Republic of Korea and hosted by MDES, Thailand. Under the IIV Programme this year, 28 volunteers will be dispatched to work at ICT community centers in Bangkok and other provinces.

 

 

Upcoming Events

4th Meeting of the APT Preparatory Group for WTDC-17
(APT WTDC17-4)
7 - 10 August 2017, Malaysia

 

APT will organize the 4th Meeting of the APT Preparatory Group for WTDC-17 (APT WTDC17-4) from 7 to 10 August 2017 in Malaysia. The event will be hosted by the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia (KKMM) and Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), Malaysia.


APT WTDC17-4 will continue the discussion on the issues of interest to the region for the World Telecommunication Development Conference 2017 (WTDC-17) and develop Preliminary APT Common Proposals for WTDC-17. APT WTDC17-4 is expected to conduct the following activities:

 

·         To consider the input contributions from APT Member Administrations;

·         To review outcomes of the WSIS Forum;

·         To review outcomes of the views of other regional organizations;

·         To develop Preliminary APT Common Proposals (PACPs) for WTDC17;

·         To develop arrangements for APT Coordination Meetings during WTDC-17. 

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SATRC Workshop on Spectrum

16 - 18 August 2017, Islamabad, Pakistan

 

APT will organize the South Asian Telecommunication Regulators’ Council (SATRC) Workshop on Spectrum from 16 to 18 August 2017 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The workshop will be hosted by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).

 

The SATRC Workshop on Spectrum is a part of the implementation of SATRC Action Plan Phase VI which was adopted at the 17th SATRC meeting held in 2016 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The workshop will discuss a number of issues in the areas of developing spectrum roadmap for mobile broadband, spectrum management for the deployment of IoT, proliferation of Wi-Fi networks, wireless backhaul and other related topics. For detail of the Workshop please refer to the 'Concept Note'. The workshop will assist the SATRC members in their human resource development and provide an excellent opportunity to exchange views and experiences among the SATRC members’ regulators and operators on the aforementioned issues.

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29th APT Standardization Program Forum (ASTAP-29)

22 - 25 August 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

 

APT will organize the 29th APT Standardization Program Forum (ASTAP-29) from 22 to 25 August 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand.

 

The objective of ASTAP-29 is to promote, coordinate and harmonize telecommunication standardization activities across the Asia-Pacific region through regional cooperation. The experts will meet to enhance the level of expertise on standardization among the membership and expands the activities through practical contributions and solutions on the ICT issues in this region. 

 

ASTAP-29 will also include the Standardization Workshop which will be held in the morning of first day (22 August 2017) of the Forum. The objectives of the Standardization Workshop are:

·         To share what are the activities of each SDO (including standardization topics); 

·         To identify challenges of developing countries in ICT standardization;

·         To identify best practice to address the challenges; 

·         To discuss possible ways for APT and/or SDOs to assist Members that are developing countries; 

·         To propose a way to establish a coordination mechanism for standardization activities in developing countries.

 

ASTAP-29 is expected to develop tangible outcomes which may include the followings:

·         Draft APT Recommendations;

·         APT Reports;

·         APT Guidelines;

·         Liaison Statements to other APT Work Programmes, ITU-T and ITU-D Study Groups and external organizations;

·         Survey Questionnaires on the work items;

·         Revised ToR of the Working Groups/ Expert Groups;

·         Revised Work Plan of Working Groups;

·         New Work Plan for study.

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14th APT Telecommunication/ ICT Development Forum (ADF-14)

5 - 8 September 2017, Manila, Philippines

 

APT in collaboration with Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will organize the 14th APT Telecommunications/ICT Development Forum (ADF-14) from 5 to 6 September 2017, and 2017 Digital Strategies for Development Forum (2017 DSDF) from 7 to 8 September 2017 at ADB Headquarters in Manila, the Philippines. The events will be hosted by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Philippines. The objectives of ADF-14 are:

·         To bring the focus of policy makers, regulators and industry representatives of ICT sector in the region towards the development process of the Strategic Plan of the APT for 2018-2020, and to contribute ideas for further elaboration of the plan;

·         To report outcomes and achievements of APT projects;

·         To discuss on the issues relevant for deploying cost efficient broadband networks; and

·         To discuss on the issues for extending connectivity to unserved/underserved population

 

The objectives of 2017 DSDF are:

·         To highlight the next wave of technologies and their influence on private and public spaces and discuss yet unexplored area for development;

·         To examine trends and implications of ICT in the education sector for digital economy;

·         To examine how cities around the world evolve to “smart cities” that use the insurmountable data available to influence decisions and drive changes towards better urban development; and

·         To discuss the importance of collaboration with relevant organizations. 

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22nd Meeting of APT Wireless Group (AWG-22)

25 - 29 September 2017, Busan, Republic of Korea

 

APT will organize the 22nd Meeting of APT Wireless Group (AWG-22) from 25 to 29 September 2017 in Busan, Republic of Korea. The meeting will be hosted by the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT), Republic of Korea.

 

The APT Wireless Group (AWG) is covering various aspects of emerging wireless systems to meet the upcoming digital convergence era in the Asia-Pacific region. It is also assisting the process of providing cost effective radiocommunication solutions and facilitating the transfer of technology. At its 22nd meeting, AWG will report the progress of its activities carried out to date.

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Click here for Tentative Calendar of APT Events for the Year 2017

Title

Duration

Tentative Schedule

Venue

4th Meeting of the APT Preparatory Group for WTDC-17 (APT WTDC17-4)

4 days

7 - 10 August

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

SATRC Workshop on Spectrum

3 days

16 - 18 August

Islamabad,

Pakistan

29th APT Standardization Program Forum (ASTAP-29)

4 days

22 - 25 August

Bangkok,

Thailand

14th APT Telecommunication/ICT Development Forum (ADF-14)

 

2+2 days

5-8 September

Manila,

Philippines

(ADB Headquarters)

5th APT/ITU Conformance and Interoperability Event 2017

5 days

24 - 28 September 

 

Busan,

Republic of Korea

22nd Meeting of APT Wireless Group (AWG-22)

 

5 days

25 - 29 September

 

Busan,

Republic of Korea

 

Click here for Tentative Plan for APT Training Programmes in 2017

Categories

Training Courses

Duration

Tentative

Schedule

Relevant Partners

Policy and Regulations

Broadband Policy for

Universal Access

7 days

13 - 19 September

RTTC, Nagpur

India

Telecommunication Policy and Regulation Trends in the Digital Society Phase I: Online

Training Course

 

4

weeks

 

4 September -

6 October

TOT Academy Thailand

Telecommunication Policy and Regulation Trends in the Digital Society Phase II: Face-

to-Face Training Course

 

5 days

 

11 - 15 December

TOT Academy Thailand

Radiocommu-

nication

Cellular Mobile Networks and

Technologies

5 days

2 - 6

October

TOT Academy

Thailand

Internet Plus and 5G

8 days

20 - 27

October

BUPT ,

Beijing, China

Satellite Communication

7 days

15 - 21 November

ALTTC,

Ghaziabad, India

Spectrum Management

7 days

6 - 12 September

RGMTTC,

Chennai, India

Broadband

Next Generation Broadband

Access Network Technology

12 days

6 - 17 November

WRIPT,

Wuhan, China

ICT Development & ICT Application

5G Mobile Communications System and  Internet of

Things

 

11 days

 

16 - 26

October

XUPT,

Xi’an, China

The Influence of Big Data and

Telecommunications

10 days

20 - 29 November

E-CAIST,

Shanghai, China

Cyber Security & Disaster Management

Information Security and Computer Communication

 

9 days

 

23 - 31

October

NUPT,

Nanjing China

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                                                                                                * The information on training courses funded by EBC-J and EBC-K in FY2017 will be informed at later stage.