Plan bared to connect Pacific islands via satellite

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Photo credit: Photo credit:[/caption] The objective of the satellite project is to provide Internet connection to communities living on remote islands. The aim is to develop low cost, reliable, and diverse satellite communications capacity for the socio-economic development of the Pacific Islands region. To get the best return on investment, the same ICT infrastructure will be used for emergency telecommunications to ensure public safety when disasters strike. ?Natural disasters are on the rise,? said ITU secretary-general Hamadoun I. Tour?. ?It is essential that remote islands and rural areas are connected to ICTs so they have access to early warning weather information and they can communicate with relevant authorities, humanitarian agencies, affected communities and early responders when disasters strike.? ?Genuine and durable partnerships are important to ITU in order to assist Small Island Developing States achieve sustainable social and economic development through the use of telecommunications and ICTs to bridge the digital divide,? stressed Brahima Sanou, director of ITU?s telecommunication development sector. Reliable telecommunication and information and communication technologies (ICT) are indispensable to promote sustainable socio-economic development of SIDS, the ITU said. Assistance provided bilaterally or through international organizations will ensure effective operation of the telecommunication sector and ICT infrastructure in these countries, it added. In order to support SIDS in their efforts to be fully integrated into the global economy, ITU said it continues to review the state of ICTs and address critical areas that require action. ?The United Nations General Assembly designated 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States,? explained Sanou. ?This provides a real opportunity to address increasing environmental degradation and social and economic marginalization in these countries.? Delegates brought attention to the Third International Conference for SIDS, which will be held in Apia, Samoa in September 2014, and which will provide further opportunity to focus on ICT connectivity in the region. ]]>

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