As a part of the celebrations during Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, Ministry of Communication has hosted the International Telecommunication Union’s Regional Standardisation Forum (RSF) for Asia and Oceania region in New Delhi.
What is it?
- The theme of the Forum is “Regulatory and Policy aspects of Telecommunications/ICTs”.
- The Regional Standardisation Forum is a platform for discussing standardisation topics including inter alia India’s experience in various sectors of technology like Sustainable Digital Transformation and the Role of ITU Standards, Harnessing Technologies for Digital and Financial Inclusion in Emerging Markets, evolving Data Value Chain and Digital Health.
About the ‘International Telecommunication Union’ –
- It is the United Nations specialised agency for information and communication technologies – ICTs. It is the oldest among all the 15 specialised agencies of UN.
- Founded in 1865 to facilitate international connectivity in communications networks, it allocates global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develops the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strive to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities worldwide.
- ITU is based in Geneva, Switzerland.
- It is also a member of the United Nations Development Group and has 12 regional and area offices in the world.
- ITU has remained an intergovernmental public-private partnership organisation since its inception. Its membership includes 193 Member States and around 800 public and private sector companies and academic institutions as well as international and regional telecommunication entities.
- Recently, India got elected as a member of ITU Council for another 4-year term – from 2019 to 2022. India has remained a regular member of ITU Council since 1952.
- India has been a member of ITU since 1869.