Reliable ICTs key to socio-economic development of Small Island States

ITU meeting in Dubai focuses on connectivity for Small Island States

Dubai, 29 March 2014 – At a forum held in Dubai today, ITU  presented its satellite project to connect Pacific Island States and discussed  ways to replicate it in other regions, specifically in Small Island Developing  States, known as SIDS, which face many challenges due to their unique  characteristics and vulnerabilities in the pursuit of sustainable development.

The objective of the satellite project is to provide Internet connection to  communities living on remote islands. The aim is to develop low cost, reliable,  and diverse satellite communications capacity for the socio-economic development  of the Pacific Islands region. To get the best return on investment, the same  telecommunications/ICT infrastructure/resources will be used for emergency  telecommunications to ensure public safety when disasters strike.

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http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2014/10.aspx#.UzaJtdo1jDc

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