Intelsat Expands Global Telecommunications Forum


Intelsat, the world’s largest provider of commercial satellite services, will expand its annual Global Telecommunications Meeting beyond carrier-oriented transaction services to a world telecommunications summit addressing the issues faced by today’s global corporate network operators, carriers and governments, officials said Wednesday.

The summit is set for June 2 to 5 in Washington, D.C. at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

For the past 34 years, the GTM, presented by Intelsat, has brought together the world’s communications companies—over 800 corporations and organizations from every continent—for knowledge-sharing.

This year, the global meeting will provide content addressing the business and social issues affecting the telecom industry and the world, in addition to a networking environment. GTM 2008 will focus on bringing government, technology and industry together to connect the unconnected.

Dr. Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union and champion of the Connect the World initiative, will be the featured keynote speaker. ITU is the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technology issues, and the global focal point for governments and the private sector in developing networks and services.

The ITU is working with information and communication technology partners to mobilize the human, financial and technical resources required to expand the development of ICT infrastructure, connectivity and access.

Following Dr. Touré’s keynote speech will be a “Building Connectivity Infrastructure” session track. This track will focus on the commercial success that operators, equipment providers and corporations have had in connecting developing nations and rural areas, and will identify future commercial opportunities.

In addition to the Building Connectivity Infrastructure track, the other tracks will feature round-table discussions, executive interviews and sessions delving into strategies for success from leading corporate networks, content deliverers, carriers and government services executives.

These additional key tracks, moderated by editors of Business Week and Space News, will focus on: new strategies for international corporate data networks; the modern global telecom carrier, success amidst the turmoil; and delivering Government Services in the Modern Communications Theater.