[LINK] Fwd: UN and partners launch plan to bring wireless internet
connections to developing world
tony at tony-barry.emu.id.au
Mon Mar 29 14:18:20 EST 2004
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> UN AND PARTNERS LAUNCH PLAN TO BRING WIRELESS INTERNET CONNECTIONS TO
> DEVELOPING WORLD
> New York, Mar 24 2004 6:00PM
> Hoping to extend Internet connectivity to underserved populations
> around the world, the United Nations and the Wireless Internet
> Institute (W2i) today
> wificonference.doc.htm">announced a series of programmes to accelerate
> the adoption of broadband wireless technology in developing countries.
> The "Wireless Internet for Underserved Populations and Local
> Communities" initiative was developed in follow-up to a June 2003
> conference on wireless Internet opportunities for developing nations.
> It is also in support of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - a
> set of measurable and time-bound targets adopted by world leaders at a
> UN summit in 2000 - and the Declaration of Principles adopted at the
> World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), the first-ever global
> forum on information technologies (ICTs).
> Planned within the framework of the programme are over 15 conferences,
> seminars and interactive workshops for Asia, Africa, Latin America and
> the Middle East designed to help officials and experts explore the use
> of broadband wireless Internet technologies in their countries and
> communities. Special emphasis will be put on training and capacity
> building, as well as cooperation at international and local levels and
> public-private partnerships.
> "W2i has received requests from business organizations and
> governmental regulatory agencies in several countries to facilitate
> consensus among local stakeholders in emerging broadband wireless
> Internet standards," said Daniel Aghion, Executive Director of W2i.
> Early underwriters of the initiative include IBM and Intel. "Intel is
> a strong proponent of enabling affordable Internet connectivity
> worldwide, and we are developing wireless technologies and working
> with organizations like W2i to help accelerate the adoption of
> broadband wireless technologies worldwide," said Julie Coppernoll,
> director of marketing for Intel's Wireless Networking Group.
> UN ICT Task Force Chairman Jose Maria Figueres-Olsen said he looked
> forward to the impact these initiatives will have "in raising private
> and public stakeholders' awareness of the potential Wi-Fi and related
> technologies present as an economic development tool for underserved
> populations in developing nations and local communities around the
> 2004-03-24 00:00:00.000
> For more details go to UN News Centre at http://www.un.org/news
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