Sturla Bvarsson
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varp fjarskiptaingi Tyrklandi

7. nvember 2006

Sturla Bvarsson flutti dag varp allsherjaringi Alja fjarskiptasambandsins Tyrklandi, ITU. Me rherra vi upphaf ingsins er Ragnhildur Hjaltadttir runeytisstjri og fulltrar Pst- og fjarskiptastofnunar sem sitja t ingi fram eftir mnuinum.

 

Alja fjarskiptasambandi er undirstofnun Sameinuu janna, samstarfsvettvangur ar sem raar eru ntma samskiptaleiir heimsvsu. Heldur sambandi allsherjaring fjgurra ra fresti ar sem mrku er stefna fjarskiptamlum. Um tv sund fulltrar opinberra aila og einkafyrirtkja fjarskiptamarkai sitja ingi auk fulltra svisbundinna samtaka og aljlegra samtaka og stofnana.

 

eim remur vikum sem ing Alja fjarskiptasambandsins stendur munu fulltrar urfa a koma sr saman um fjlmrg rlausnarefni varandi hlutverk og starfsemi sambandsins nstu fjgur r og til framtar.  Rtt verur meal annars um endurskoun skipulagi ITU me tilliti til hinnar hru runar svii fjarskipta.

 

varpi snu sagi samgngurherra meal annars a

nausynlegt vri a ITU endurskoai starfsemi sna me hlisjn af eim tkninjungum sem vru a setja mark sitt fjarskiptamarki um heim allan. ar ber srstaklega a nefna run IP samskiptum og ryggi og reianleika fjarskiptaneta.

 

ingu er einnig rtt um a ITU sem undirstofnun Sameinuujanna me byrg upplsingtkni mlum beri me markvissum htti a framfylgja eim lyktunum sem samykktar voru alherjaringum um upplsingasamflagi, .e. World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) sem haldin voru Genf ri 2003 og Tnis 2005. er einnig fjalla um r gnir sem upplsingatknisamflagi stendur frami er lta a glpum og hryjuverkum og misbeytingu upplsingakerfi eim tilgangi.

 

varp hans fer hr eftir ensku:

 

At the outset, on behalf of my Government and my delegation, I would like to thank the Government and the people of Turkey for their successful hosting of the Conference and warm hospitality.
I am very pleased to have this opportunity to speak to you about some issues that will be discussed during this Conference. This Conference has to decide on a large number of proposals for reform of the organization. Iceland believes that changes are needed urgently and should be substantial.
We are committed to the objective of establishing the ITU as the leading telecommunications organization in the world. In order to realize this objective the ITU has to improve its performance in adapting to the needs of a rapidly changing telecommunications world. It will have to become more effective, more efficient and more market-oriented. ITU will have to deliver its products timely, at reasonable costs and on the basis of a transparent decision making process.
Iceland is pleased to note that the European Countries participating in CEPT have presented close to thirty European Common Proposals for the consideration of the Plenipotentiary Conference. Among the many important contributions we share the concern about network security, spam and cyber crime. Like others, we think that ITU should broaden its vision in this area and recognize the important of well working networks to modern societies.
Iceland actively pursues strategies to bridge the digital divide. There is a growing inequity in access to, and use of, essential information and communications technologies in the developing countries. In this context we also feel that it is important to maintain a strong focus on gender issues and to promote gender equality towards all inclusive information society, reflecting the new thoughts and language agreed at the 2006 World Telecommunication Development Conference in Doha, Qatar.
Iceland has a dynamic telecommunications market and the telecommunications sector of Iceland has been developing rapidly in recent years.
In the light of this development, the Minister of Transport and Communications decided, at the beginning of 2004, to undertake the drafting of an Icelandic telecom policy statement for 2005-2010, laying out a framework for a comprehensive electronic communications policy. This Policy was adopted by the Icelandic parliament in May 2005.
The Telecom Policy Statement defines the involvement and objectives of public authorities in electronic communications in the near term, as well as providing an account of the situation and outlook in electronic communications in Iceland with reference to international trends. Providing a co-ordinated policy framework is intended to increase the countrys competitiveness, encourage industrial development, and ensure the efficient utilisation of financial resources and co-ordinated prioritisation of projects. Heavy emphasis is placed on bridging the digital divide by promoting access to electronic communications services for all inhabitants of Iceland and ways to equalise this access for everyone.
Structural funds have been allocated to enhance mobile coverage in rural areas and to meet the objectives of ensuring that all Icelanders can utilize a broadband connection to access the Internet and other services of the information society.
Iceland, like other European countries, has experienced major changes in electronic communications in recent years following the harmonisation of electronic communications legislation and full privatization of the state owned telecom incumbent. This has resulted, for instance, in the elimination of exclusive rights and competition in the electronic communications market in Iceland. Iceland ranks among world leaders when it comes to penetration of electronic communications services, like broadband access, where 70% of homes in Iceland currently enjoy a broadband connection, with penetration of over 92%.
It is our position that ITU should keep its attraction as a world Forum for discussion and decision making regarding international communications developments and issues. It should be an outward looking organization, with broad participation of sector members and other organizations.
The large number of technical questions, which are connected with the development of IP applications, such as security and reliability of the networks and services, underline the importance to have a world wide 'meeting point' for the exchange of information and know how.
In conclusion, Mr. Chairman, it is appropriate that we hold this Plenipotentiary here in Turkey, one of the great crossroads of the world. The ITU too is at a crossroads in its long and impressive history. What we do here and now will determine the future course and potential success of this unique institution.
The challenges are great but together we can meet these challenges and turn them into unprecedented opportunities. We are here for no less a task than to ensure the ITU's success long into the future.

 

 
 
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