The ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-10) will open its doors on 24 May in Hyderabad, India. The Conference is expected to be inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India, Mr Manmohan Singh in the presence of visiting Heads of State and Government, Ministers, heads of international organizations, development banks and regulatory agencies, and CEOs of private sector companies.
What: World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-10)
When: 24 May — 4 June 2010
Where: International Convention Centre, Hyderabad, India
Why: To adopt concrete strategies to bring the benefits of ICT to all communities in all regions of the world.
Who: Government, private sector, international and regional organizations, development banks, members of the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector.
The ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference will focus on development priorities in telecommunications and information and communication technologies (ICT) and agree on the programmes, projects and initiatives to implement them. A key objective is to promote international cooperation, regional initiatives and partnerships that can sustain and strengthen telecommunication infrastructure and institutions in developing countries.
WTDC-10 will assess progress in implementing the ambitious action plan launched in 2006 in Doha and adopt the Hyderabad Action Plan that will set the agenda for telecommunication and ICT development over the next four years.
An open and constructive dialogue on the future of the ICT sector and its contribution to social and economic development will focus on:
• Broadband connectivity
• Digital broadcasting
• Open source software
• E-accessibility for people with disabilities
• E-applications, including health
• Human capacity building
• Emergency communications
• ICT policy and regulation
WTDC is convened every four years. The aim is to provide a forum to consider telecommunication and ICT development projects and programmes that will contribute towards building a global information society for all.
Media Accreditation for WTDC-10 is open
Details of the accreditation procedure are at
www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/events/registration.aspx?id=75〈=en. Please read the procedure carefully before completing the online accreditation form. Accreditation is compulsory for Press.
Pre-registered and unannounced journalists should present their confirmation letter at the Registration Desk, together with their passport or ID card in order to receive an official WTDC-10 Media badge or undergo the full accreditation process. In the latter case, please ensure you have available the necessary supporting documentation (see procedure).
The on-site Media registration service will be open:
• Thursday, 20 May and Friday, 21 May 2010: 10:00-18:00 hours
• Saturday 22 May and Sunday, 23 May 2010: 08:00-18:00 hours
• Monday 24 to Monday 31 May 2010: 08:00-12:30 and 13:30-17:30 hours
• Tuesday 1 June to Friday 4 June 2010: 09:00-12:30 and 13:30-17:30 hours
WTDC-10 Television studio
ITU will conduct TV interviews with key personalities at WTDC-10 in Hyderabad and will also produce TV News Reports. The broadcast quality videos will be available to networks for transmission free of charge. The TV studio will be operational 24 – 27 May at the conference venue. Videos can be viewed on ITU’s YouTube channel.
For more information, please see www.itu.int/ITU-D/conferences/wtdc/2010/index.html or contact:
Chief, Media Relations and Public Information