Following its series of successful events on Connecting Rural Communities, the CTO launched a new conference series on Broadband in 2014 in view of the key role that broadband plays in development. This year’s Forum organised by the CTO, with the support of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union and hosted by the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago will build upon previous broadband conferences and will be held under the theme of “Broadband: Supporting life in the 21st Century.”
This Caribbean Broadband Forum will address the importance of broadband to the Caribbean life in the 21st century as captured in the vision for the Caribbean Single ICT Space. It will consider the possibilities for social and economic development by exploring the role of broadband in such areas as finance, education, broadcasting, entrepreneurship and social inclusion. The Forum will also look at the policy, regulatory and consumer issues impacting on broadband rollout and utilisation as well as innovative technologies. Finally, the Forum will showcase Caribbean innovation.
This will be a two-day conference featuring an exhibition with presentations and interactive panel discussions during the conference. Delegates will include decision makers such as ICT Ministers, ICT regulatory agencies, network operators, universal service funds, content providers, technology solution providers and consultants.
- Creating a digital Caribbean
- Devising and implementing National Broadband plans
- Digital inclusion initiatives and innovations
- The value of Caribbean data
- Overcoming regulatory challenges in the single ICT space
- Global satellite broadband developments
- Digital entertainment and Pay-TV opportunities
- Improving broadband penetration and infrastructure development
- Network with international stakeholders – Policymakers, regulators and private sector
- Discuss the future of mobile technologies and applications
- Assess the latest funding and investment opportunities in ICTs across the Commonwealth
- Learn how to implement effective regulatory tools and policies
- Identify opportunities in cloud services, e-Governance, open data, e-Commerce and mobile applications
- Find out best practices for accessible and inclusive technologies.
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