January 2024

 

Celebrations of the 45th Anniversary of the APT

 

In 2024, the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) is celebrating its 45th anniversary, which marks a significant milestone in fostering regional cooperation and development in the field of telecommunications. Since its establishment in 1979, the APT has played a vital role in promoting information and communication technologies (ICT) across the diverse Asia-Pacific region.

 

Over the years, the APT has facilitated collaboration among its members, working towards the harmonization of ICT policies and regulations. The APT remains at the forefront, addressing emerging challenges and opportunities in the telecommunications sector. The anniversary celebrations highlight the importance of international cooperation in harnessing the full potential of ICT for the socio-economic development of the Asia-Pacific region.

 

The celebrations of the 45th anniversary of the APT will be promoted through various platforms throughout the year both offline and online, such as APT activities, website, and social media platforms. APT members and other stakeholders are invited to participate in the celebrations.

 

Recent Events

The APT at WRC-23

20 November - 15 December 2023, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

 

 

The World Radiocommunication Conference 2023 (WRC-23) was held from 20 November to 15 December 2023 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Over 3,900 delegates from 163 Member States of ITU attended WRC-23. The Members of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity constituted a significant portion of the delegation of WRC-23. Similar to the previous WRCs, the APTís preparation for WRC-23 was extensive and substantial looking into the interest of the Asia-Pacific region.  In 2023, the APT organized two APT preparatory meetings for WRC-23 each of which were attended by over 800 delegates. APT Members endorsed 320 APT Common Proposals (ACPs) which were submitted to WRC-23 on various agenda items of WRC-23. In addition to that the APT provided a significant number of regional experts for different office bearers positions of WRC-23. Dr. Kyu Jin Wee (Republic of Korea), Chair of the APG-23, was elected as one of the Vice-Chairmen of WRC-23. Dr. Hiroyuki Atarashi (Japan) chaired the Committee 5 of the Conference which dealt with the agenda items related to fixed, mobile, terrestrial, maritime, aeronautical and other related agenda items. It was an honor for the APT as a region to chair this very important Committee of the Conference. In addition to that Ms. Cheng Fenhong (Peopleís Republic of China) served as the Chairman of WG 5C that dealt with Agenda 7 of the Conference. APT Members provided a number of experts as Vice-Charmen of various committees and Chairmen of various Sub WG of the Conferences that dealt with different agenda items of the conference.

 

The proceeding of WRC-23 was very complex and tedious due to the conflict of interests among the regional organizations for different agenda items. It took a lot of efforts and hard works for over 4 weeks to come to a conclusion on those complex issues. In order to coordinate various issues among APT Members, APT Secretariat organized a series of APT Coordination Meetings during the Conference. APT Agenda Item Coordinators were nominated to dispatch necessary information and conduct necessary coordination with other regional organizations. In order to efficiently organize the coordination activities of the APT during the conference, APT Secretariat developed APT web-portal for the Coordination Activities for WRC-23 for the first time. The web-portal served as a tool to dispatch necessary information and accelerate the coordination work among APT Members.

 

The outcomes of WRC-23 were a testament to the unwavering spirit of cooperation and compromise among all the Members of ITU. APT Members contributed significantly to this effort and spirit of cooperation despite many difficulties at the national level. 320 ACPs that were submitted to the Conference were accepted in most of the cases with original or negotiated form taking into account the views of other regional organizations. The APT proposed 5 new agenda items for WRC-27 of which 3 were included in the agenda of WRC-27. The interests of APT Members and the objectives of 320 ACPs were correctly reflected in the outcomes of WRC-23.

 

Prior to WRC-23, the Radiocommunication Assembly 2023 (RA-23) was held from 13 to 17 November 2023 at the same venue as WRC-23. The APT had been preparing for RA-23 along with the preparation for WRC-23. The APT submitted two important ACPs: a new resolution on gender and a revision of ITU-R Resolution 2-8 in relation to the work of CPM. Both of the ACPs were well accepted as the outcomes of RA-23. APTís view was well considered in the revision of ITU-R Resolution 65 and Resolution 1-8.  The APT was very much honored that RA-23 was chaired by Ms. Carol Wilson (Australia). Further, as outcome of RA-23, Dr. Kyu Jin Wee (Republic of Korea) was elected as the Chairman of ITU-R Study Group 5 for the Study Cycle 2024-2027. 

 

The APTís preparation for WRC-27 will start by the middle of 2024.            

 

Upcoming Events

 

The 2nd Meeting of the APT Preparatory Group for WTSA-24

(APT WTSA24-2)

5 - 6 February 2024, Virtual/Online Meeting

 

The Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) will organize the Virtual Meeting for the 2nd Meeting of the APT Preparatory Group for WTSA-24 (APT WTSA24-2) from 5 to 6 February 2024.

 

The objective of APT WTSA24-2 is to assist APT Members in preparing for the ITU World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly 2024 (WTSA-24), which will take place in New Delhi, India from 15 to 24 October 2024. APT WTSA24-2 will discuss the issues to be identified for WTSA-24 and develop preliminary positions of the APT on those issues based on the input contributions from the APT Members.

 

 

 

The 32nd Meeting of the APT Wireless Group (AWG-32)

4 - 8 March 2024, Pattaya, Thailand, Hybrid Meeting

 

The Asia-Pacific Telecommunity will organize the 32nd Meeting of the APT Wireless Group (AWG-32) from 4 to 8 March 2024 in Pattaya, Thailand with physical attendance as well as virtual/online participation through Zoom meeting (i.e. hybrid meeting).

 

AWG covers various aspects of emerging wireless systems to meet the emerging digital convergence era in the Asia-Pacific region. It also assists in providing effective radiocommunication solutions and to facilitate the transfer of technology and knowledge. In its 32nd meeting, the AWG will continue to study the existing work items, report on the progress of studies and discuss the proposal of new work items as well as other relevant issues.

 

 

 

Other Upcoming Events in 2024

Title

Date

Venue

1.     Meeting of the SATRC Working Group on Spectrum

 

7 - 9 May

Nepal

2.     Meeting of the SATRC Working Group on Policy, Regulation and Services

14 - 16 May

Pakistan

3.     The 36th APT Standardization Program Forum

(ASTAP-36)

20 - 24 May

Thailand (Hybrid)

 

 

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