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ITU World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12), Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 3-14 December 2012

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ITU World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12)

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 3-14 December 2012


Geneva, 10 September 2012 – Journalists are invited to accredit now to attend ITU World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) which takes place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), from 3-14 December 2012.

This landmark conference will review the current International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs), which serve as the binding global treaty outlining the principles which govern the way international voice, data and video traffic is handled, and which lay the foundation for ongoing innovation and market growth.

The ITRs were last negotiated in Melbourne, Australia in 1988, and binds 178 countries. There is broad consensus among ITU’s 193 Member States that this text now needs to be updated to reflect the dramatically different information and communication technology (ICT) landscape of the 21st century.

An FAQ and comprehensive set of Background Briefs covering the main topics likely to be discussed at the conference can be found at: www.itu.int/en/wcit-12/Pages/WCIT-backgroundbriefs.aspx
. The main conference preparatory document can be found at: www.itu.int/en/wcit-12/Documents/draft-future-itrs-public.pdf. The current ITRs can be found at: www.itu.int/oth/T3F01000001. The WCIT-12 Newsroom can be found at: http://www.itu.int/en/wcit-12/Pages/newsroom.aspx.



What:ITU World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12)
When:3-14 December, 2012


Where:Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Dubai World Trade Centre, United Arab Emiratesa


WCIT-12 is a landmark global treaty-making conference that will define the general principles for the provision and operation of international telecommunications networks around the world. As such, it is expected to generate compelling debate and discussion on a wide spectrum of issues and challenges facing the ICT community.


Some 1,000 representatives from right across the global information and communications community, including delegates from some 150 ITU Member States, along with private industry, R&D institutions, academia and the general public.


Media accreditation
Journalists and industry analysts wishing to attend ITU WCIT-12 must be formally accredited. To apply for accreditation, or for more information, please visit:

Official UN press accreditation is valid, but UN-accredited media must register in order to obtain an event badge. Please contact wcitpressreg@itu.int

Journalists and analysts who have already formally accredited for ITU events in 2012 and whose details have not changed during this period do not need to resubmit accreditation credentials, but still need to register for an event badge at: http://www.itu.int/en/wcit-12/Pages/media-accreditation.aspx

Accreditation formally closes at 17:00 CET, 23 November 2012. There will be no accreditation onsite, and strictly no admittance to the venue without an event badge.

WCIT-12 is organized by ITU and hosted by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of UAE.

For more information on the event, please contact:

Sarah Parkes
Chief, Media Relations and Public Information, ITU

tel+41 22 730 6039
Noor M. Shamma
Media Relations Manager
Corporate Communications Affairs Telecommunications Regulatory Authority
United Arab Emirates

tel+971 2 611 8260
For media accreditation enquiries, please contact:

Soraya Abino Quintana

tel+41 22 730 5424

About ITU
ITU is the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technology. For over 145 years, ITU has coordinated the shared global use of the radio spectrum, promoted international cooperation in assigning satellite orbits, worked to improve communication infrastructure in the developing world, and established the worldwide standards that foster seamless interconnection of a vast range of communications systems. From broadband networks to new-generation wireless technologies, aeronautical and maritime navigation, radio astronomy, satellite-based meteorology and converging fixed-mobile phone, Internet and broadcasting technologies, ITU is committed to connecting the world.

About TRA
TRA is an independent public authority established in 2003 to support the UAE ICT sector by safeguarding competition, providing fair access to the domestic infrastructure, and ensuring the optimal use of natural resources through the implementation of best practice in every area. It mission is to protect the interests of subscribers, to enhance the readiness of e-services, to encourage investment, innovation, development and education, to meet corporate social responsibility, and to create an optimal enabling environment in which the UAE ICT sector will emerge as a leader in the global market place.

Website: http://www.tra.gov.ae/index.php
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