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CTOs announce plans to release ICT vision statement

Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) from some of the world's leading ICT players are to gather at an unprecedented mee...

November 18, 2003  

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Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) from some of the world’s leading ICT players are to gather at an unprecedented meeting to produce a ‘Vision Statement’ that they believe will outline the future of Information and Communication technologies.

Key visionaries from manufacturers, service providers and standards makers will meet a day before the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) convenes to discuss their ideas for the future of ICT. It will be the first formal gathering of such important players in the context of WSIS and an important step in the defining of next generation technologies.

More than 30 CTOs have confirmed their attendance at the event. These include Alcatel, BT, China Mobile, China Unicom, Ericsson, France Telecom, Nokia, Nortel Networks, Orange, Siemens, Telecom Italia and ZTE.

“This CTO Summit is not just an opportunity for CTOs to produce a ‘Vision Statement’ but an important chance for them to meet and talk," said Houlin Zhao, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB) and organizer of the event. "This dialogue and their collective voice will hopefully pave the way for future cooperation and understanding.”

The views expressed by the industry leaders will provide input into future stages of the WSIS process, as well as the strategic and operational plans of ITU.

“I believe that the Vision Statement outcome of the meeting will carry considerable weight and influence the future growth and development of the information society,” added Zhao.

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