Director General Promotes ITSO in Estonia

On Wednesday 9 March 2005 in Tallinn, the Director General met with H.E. Andrus Ansip, Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia.

Tallinn, 9 March, 2005 At the invitation of the Government of Estonia, Ahmed Toumi, the Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO), visited Tallinn on 9 March 2005. During his visit, Toumi met with H.E. Andrus Ansip, Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications, who was accompanied by Mrs. Signe Ratso, Deputy Secretary General, and Mr. Tonu Nirk, Deputy Head of Department. Toumi presented ITSO and its role in ensuring the provision of international public telecommunications services on a global and non-discriminatory basis. The two parties agreed to coordinate their efforts toward Estonias timely efforts to join the Organization. The Director General also presented the Global Broadband Satellite Infrastructure (or GBSI) Initiative and the progress on its implementation. As explained by Toumi, the purpose of the GBSI Initiative, which is incorporated into the WSIS Plan of Action, is to leverage satellite technology to ensure universal access to high-speed Internet services and disseminate the benefits of innovative and vital online applications. Minister Ansip assured Toumi of his full support of the objectives of the GBSI Initiative, and noted that they are similar to those expressed by the Estonian authorities in the Action Plan on Information Technologies, approved by the Government in May 2001.

Toumi also met with Mr. Ando Rehemaa, Director General of the Estonian National Communications Board (ENCB). They discussed the role of national regulatory authorities for satellite communications, and particularly the importance of the worldwide harmonization of the regulations governing satellite broadband services.

During his visit, the Director General met with Jaan Mannik, Chairman of the Board, and Mr. Andres Kaarik, Head of the Strategy and Planning Department, of AS Eesti Telekom, the leading telecommunications operator in Estonia. They discussed the potential for satellite technology infrastructure to disseminate access to high-speed Internet connections in underserved areas.

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