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    Egypt Partakes in ITU- SG1 Meeting

    Date published: 18 June 2017
    Egypt, represented by the National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (NTRA), will participate in the Study Group 1 (SG1) meeting organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), on June 21 and is taking part in the ITU – Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) Working Party 1C (spectrum monitoring) held on June 13-20 in Geneva, Switzerland.

    The scope of SG1 on "Enabling environment for the development of telecommunications/ICTs" is to develop national telecommunication/ICT policy, regulatory and technical strategy which best enables countries to benefit from the impetus of ICTs, including broadband, cloud computing and consumer protection, as an engine for sustainable growth. It aims also to provide access to telecommunications/ICTs for rural and remote areas, and access to telecommunications/ICTs services by persons with disabilities and specific needs. It focuses on the needs of developing countries in spectrum management including the ongoing transition from analogue to digital terrestrial television broadcasting and the use of the digital dividend, in addition to any future digital switchover. SG1 is composed of three working Parties: WP 1A, WP 1B and WP 1C.

    NTRA occupies SG1 Vice President position, and constantly participates in its activities. NTRA participation in this meeting is significant to take part in developing a preliminary draft report on measurement techniques, and reviewing Recommendation ITU-R SM.1880 for spectrum occupancy measurement and evaluation. This is in addition to participating in the issuance of new reports on the technical specification of digital signals.

    Egypt is one of the oldest members in the ITU and has 16 sector members from the private sector in the union. It is also a founding member of the “Partners to Connect the World” initiative and it chairs the ITU Council Working Group on International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs). Egypt is an active participant in the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D) activities and it has succeeded in establishing the first regional subgroup in SG2. This, in turn, further enhances the regional presence of ITU and increases its involvement with developing countries in Africa and the Arab World.

    Based in Geneva, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technologies with 191 member states and more than 700 sector members and associates. ITU role is to enable the global growth and sustained development of ICT. In addition, ITU organizes international telecom events like WSIS and Telecom Africa.

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