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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