Submitted Proposals

Organization: PITA
Title :
6. Getting the Pacific online Access Challenges, Issues & Opportunities
Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop theme including its importance and relevance to the IGF.

The workshop aims to highlight challenges and issues of providing connectivity as faced by network providers in the small islands and developing states of the Pacific. What has been tried and the initiatives, collaborations available plus intent to broaden partnerships to address these challenges.

Access is a critical internet resource and must be addressed as a key requirement for connecting the next billion online.

Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite. Describe the main actors in the field and whether you have you approached them about their willingness to participate in proposed workshop.

Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association to talk on regional status and major issues, challenges and inroads.

Pacific Island Department of Telecommunications/Regulator to speak on a specific country case on access.

Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat to talk on regional government on issues on the region at this level and approach to policies and initiatives.

Technical Consultant/WB to talk on a recent connectivity study in the Pacific.

Others Upstream satellite and cable provider representatives that commercially operate in the region, TBC

Provide the name of the organizer(s) of the workshop and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups. Describe how you will take steps to adhere to the multi-stakeholder principle, including geographical diversity.

Organised by the Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association (PITA), a non profit organisation formed to represent interests of the small islands and developing states of the Pacific in the field of telecommunications, having its members from 22 Pacific Islands. Members comprise of Network Operators, Carriers & Regulators (22 Pacific Islands), Associate Members comprise of suppliers and other interest groups, mainly from the developed countries around the globe. In all there are 110 members.

Aims of PITA are to improve and enhance telecommunications in the region which includes voice, data, internet and multimedia. ACCESS is one of the greatest challenges, with the proliferation of new technologies and convergence posing a huge demand for access, not only for urban but also for the remote islands and rural areas. Addressing access (physical links) and maintaining sufficient access (bandwidth) are two important elements in access which are both costly for the Pacific and is multi-stakeholder problem to be solved by multi-stakeholder approach. Providing access and services to all gives everyone more equal opportunities across all age groups, and gender. PITA holds several MoUs with ICANN, APNIC, ITU, APT, CTO, APSCC, PTC, SOPAC, SPC, and works closely with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and regional government bodies. Several joint workshops, meetings and training are held under these MoUs and close working relations, for capacity building and addressing regional issues.

Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?
Yes, Access is a critical resource for the Pacific Islands. Discussions will focus on the challenges faced by national and regional infrastructure, opportunities and initiatives. Discussions will also include the various roles of international and regional organisations that contribute to providing access in the region.
Please explain how the workshop will address issues relating to Internet governance and describe how the workshop conforms with the Tunis Agenda in terms of substance and the mandate of the IGF.
The workshop will address the uniqueness and real challenges of provisioning access in the Pacific. Access is a critical part of connectivity and therefore an enabler to allow more people to connect to the Internet and other communication technology. In addition to the opportunities for external assistance and collaborative approaches the audience will also hear the constraints of access provisioning in the Pacific and to also clarify and allay perceptions and misinformation for the region.
List similar events you and/or any other IGF workshops you have organized in the past.
None this is. It will be the first time for PITA to be involved at the IGF. But PITA does organise high level meetings, technical workshops and training for the Pacific Islands in the field of telecommunications and ICTSee
Were you part of organizing a workshop last year? Which one? Did you submit a workshop report?