Teresa Corbin represented INTUG at the 54th APECTEL meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, held in Japan, 31 Oct-4 Nov 2016. How to support free flow of data, next generation broadcasting, CA (conformity assessments) and MRA (mutual recognition agreements), were all on the workshop agenda. In addition, INTUG participated, along with representatives of 15 economies from around the world, and ISOC, at the Liberalization Steering Group meeting.
In his opening remarks, the Chair of APECTEL noted that while some 7 billion people globally are using mobiles, connecting those without internet access remains a big challenge in the Asia-Pacific region. APECTEL has a vital role to play in ensuring that communications services are affordable, trustworthy, secure and reliable, he stated.
The first workshop focused on free flow of data, which is key for reaping the potential benefits of the digital agenda. Cyber-physical systems, Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud will all result in major structural changes in industry and society. Such new innovations will further drive the need for cross-border data flows, while raising issues regarding data privacy/protection and cyber security. Panelists recommended a flexible, interoperable and risk-based approach.
In the workshop on next generation broadcasting, demonstrations of 4K/8K broadcasting were given. CA and MRA were covered in a meeting attended by 26 delegates from 15 economies. During the liberalization meeting, countries including Mexico and Singapore provided updates of their markets and evolutions.
Our thanks to Teresa Corbin for representing INTUG; you can read her complete report here.