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Topic 1: The future of broadband: a new growth model

Goal:

Adopt new broadband development models to help cope with new social situations. Apply broadband to promote social development, and create a sound market to facilitate broadband development.

Introduction:

Fiscal deficits, debts, and inflation are forcing governments to adopt tighter monetary policies. How can broadband be better leveraged to drive social development? During the forum, the guests shared their insights on this topic.

Panel discussion:

1.According to Dr Hamadoun Touré, ITU Secretary General; Tifatul Sembiring, Indonesia's Minister of Communication and Information; and Luigi Gambardella, Chairman of the European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association (ETNO), many developed countries suffered from economic depression during the financial crisis over the past several years. Now they can apply broadband to drive sustainable economic growth.

2.Vijay L. Kelkar, Chairman of India Development Foundation and Chairman of National Stock Exchange (Mumbai); and Deng Tao, Vice President of Huawei, shared their ideas on how to create more jobs through broadband rollout. Broadband, as a piece of infrastructure, improves people's quality of life and creates more jobs.

3.According to Long Yongtu, Chief Negotiator for China's re-entry into the GATT and accession to the WTO, the key to broadband development in the new era is to ensure that stakeholders reach a consensus on increasing broadband investment.

Topic 2: Opportunities and challenges facing broadband deployment

Goal:

Illustrate the positive impact of national broadband network rollout on socioeconomic development and private companies.

Introduction:

Based on our experience, broadband greatly drives economic development and creates jobs. Panelists shared their success stories relating to this topic, and introduced the positive impact of national broadband networks on socioeconomic development and private companies. They also discussed how to obtain long-term investment.

Panel discussion:

1.Dr. Mohammed Yaseen, Chairman of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA); and Dr. Tim Williams, leader of Public Policy and Placemaking at Arup (Sydney), believed that broadband rollout faced problems including financing and cross-industry regulations. We can only develop broadband by seizing opportunities for broadband deployment.

2.Roberto Citton, Managing Director, Communications, Media & Technology, Accenture
Mr. Darrell M. West, Vice President of Brookings
Paul M. Scanlan, Vice President of Huawei's South Pacific Region, voiced his ideas on possible innovative technical solutions that lowered the threshold for and accelerated broadband deployment. Panelists believed that the challenges of the new era could only be addressed by innovating broadband technologies and cutting broadband access costs.

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