Friday, September 23, 2016

ATU welcomes Iridium as associate member

History was made at the first-ever African Telecommunications Union (ATU) preparatory meeting for the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19) in Nairobi, Kenya as Iridium Communications Inc was welcomed into the ATU family, reports ITRealms.

According to ATU Secretary General Abdoulkarim Soumaila, Iridium has joined the ATU as an Associate Member.

ITRealms gathered that the new membership was climaxed by a meeting between the ATU Secretary General Abdoulkarim Soumaila and Iridium Executive Director, Regulatory, Tatiana Lawrence, at the Nairobi meeting.

Soumaila noted that ATU as a specialized agency of the Organization of the African Union (AU) in the field of telecommunications is leading the continent in fostering developments of information and communications technologies infrastructure and services.

ATU, he said, represents the interests of its Member States at global decision-making conferences and promotes initiatives aimed at integrating the region’s markets, attracting Information and Communication Technology (“ICT”) infrastructure investment, and building institutional and human capacity. 

Chief legal officer at Iridium, Thomas Hickey, the company is proud of its new membership in the leading telecommunications organization in Africa. 

“As a provider of connectivity across the African continent, we are very happy to be in a position formally to contribute to its important work over the years to come,” he said.

Iridium, ITRealms equally reports will be engaging with the organization on preparations for International Telecommunication Union (ITU) conferences and assemblies, which includes the World Radiocommunication Conference in 2019, as well as satellite policies and other relevant matters.

ITRealms further gathered that Iridium prides itself as the only mobile voice and data satellite communications network that spans the entire globe. 

Remmy Nweke/ED,Ops

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