Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Head of the Commonwealth, congratulates the CTO on its 115th anniversary.
LONDON, 22 JANUARY 2016 – Activities to mark the 115th anniversary of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) were announced last week at a special anniversary launch ceremony attended by over 120 member country representatives, diplomats, industry executives and journalists.
The CTO’s origins go back to 1901 with the creation of the Pacific Cable Board (PCB) established to operate the first trans-Pacific sub-marine telegraphic cable linking Canada to Australia. With the advent of radio communications and the expansion of the cable system to other regions forming a global submarine cable network, PCB would undergo several changes, including the creation of Cable & Wireless and, shortly after, the Commonwealth Communications Council, one of the bodies created to oversee access to the cable system and which will be later merged to form the CTO in its present form.
In her congratulatory message to the CTO's Secretary-GeneralShola Taylor, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II said that she was interested to learn that "the anniversary launch event will look to a future of new technologies, as well as reflect of the role of telecommunications over the last century."
After giving a brief historical account of the history of the CTO to delegates guests at the anniversary launch ceremony held in London on Wednesday, Secretary-General Shola Taylor remarked: “The ICT landscape is changing fast and the theme of our celebrations aptly captures the developments that are taking place. The challenges of building infrastructure to provide for the four billion people currently not connected in the world stares us in the face.
“Governments have to adopt the right policies. Regulators have to ensure that they provide an enabling regulatory environment to attract the high capital investments required for infrastructure expansion. Operators and service providers must also deliver the much needed infrastructure to spur economic growth.” Mr Taylor said.
Celebrated under the theme “From Subsea to Cyberspace”, the anniversary year will include the holding of the Commonwealth ICT Awards for achievements by members in a range of areas including universal access, capacity building, policy and regulatory environments, cybersecurity, and youth empowerment, as well as the Commonwealth Youth ICT Applications Competition aimed at youths in Commonwealth countries, with entry categories for 2016 to include e-commerce, e-education, e-agriculture, and e-health.
Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice-chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission and current Chairman of the CTO Council highlighted one of the key present-day challenges: “In many ways, the current and central issue of universal access to safe, reliable and affordable communication technologies is a race against time, because those who are deprived from accessing modern communication technologies are left further behind by the day.” he said.Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma who also addressed the audience at the launch ceremony highlighted the CTO’s “truly exemplary” role in establishing the infrastructure to connect the Commonwealth, from its earliest days when telegraph cables were first being run under the world’s oceans. “Today, the CTO is working closely with the Commonwealth Secretariat to advocate for ICT access for all, and helps governments and the private sector to utilise telecommunications as means of connection and inclusion”, Secretary-General Sharma noted. Also speaking at the launch event was The Honourable Alhaji Alpha Kanu, Minister of Communications of Sierra Leone who said technology had been critical during the West African country’s fight against Ebola and called for more efforts to achieve universal ‘computeracy’. Also present at the event, Malcolm Johnson, Deputy Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union said: “The CTO has common objectives and a largely common membership with ITU, so we look forward to working together with CTO to help achieve the SDGs, and bring the benefits of the information society to all the world’s people.” as he concluded his address on the stakes at play in the global digital economy. Theresa Swinehart, ICANN’s Senior Adviser to the President, highlighted the challenges and opportunities with cyberspace and ICANN’s continued efforts to ensure a harmonious and inclusive development of the Internet. Conditions of participation in the above awards and competition will be released on the CTO’s website next week.
In a major setback for direct to home (DTH) operator Reliance Big TV, the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has allowed Antrix Corporation to disconnect transponder service to the DTH operator if it fails to clear dues within the time frame set by the tribunal.
With the dues escalating to Rs 23.32 crore minus TDS till March, the tribunal has directed the DTH operator to deposit the first installment of 50% by 22 March and the balance by 31 March. The TDS of Rs. 2.60 crores will also have to be deposited in the proper account as per law by 31 March.
“The respondent would be at liberty to disconnect service to the petitioner if there is any default on the part of the petitioner in complying with the above directions within the time indicated,” the tribunal said in its order.
The DTH operator, which is now owned by Pantel Technologies and Veecon Television and Media, has pleaded for grant of one more opportunity on the assurance that it will abide by the time…
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