USTTI May Training Update
May 1, 2016
The FCC and TCI officially began the USTTI's 2016 first trimester with courses addressing Spectrum Monitoring and the practical applications of Spectrum Management. USTTI scholars from Bangladesh, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Cote D'Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Jamaica, Nigeria, Panama, Sierra Leone, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Swaziland received hands on training, from the FCC and TCI, of spectrum monitoring, signal measurement techniques and direction finding.
Next week USTTI's Introduction to the Rule of Law and Best Practices sequence will take place with courses led by UKTA, GSMA and members of the DC legal community exploring the variety of regulatory models, procedures and practices being used in the sector.
On June 6th USTTI's Cybersecurity and ICT Policy training sequence will begin, covering critical topics such as cybersecurity coordination, CERTs, global collaboration, policymaking and governance. These tuition-free training courses will be conducted by government and industry representatives from the US Department of State, NTIA, the Internet Society, Packet Clearing House, Intel Corporation, AT&T, M3AA and the Microsoft Corporation.
Course sponsors are now reviewing applications for our second and third trimester courses. As such, please apply as soon as possible in order to be considered for acceptance into our Regulatory, Mobile Broadband, Satellite, Spectrum Management, Telehealth and Emergency Communications sequences.
Mobile Broadband Training Dates
Course dates for two highly popular USTTI courses offered by Ericsson and Qualcomm have been set for August 3rd to August 12th .
Ericsson's Mobile Broadband: Empowering People, Business and Society training will be conducted at their corporate facility in Plano, Texas from August 3rd to 5th. This course will integrate classroom discussions, case studies and practical applications of the standards based Long-Term Evolution (LTE) and High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) in order to demonstrate how Broadband can empower people, business and society.
Qualcomm's course, Mobile Broadband: Addressing the 1000x Data Challenge, will be conducted at Qualcomm's company headquarters in San Diego, CA. From August 8 - 12, officials from Qualcomm will cover the latest developments of the mobile broadband ecosystem, 3G/4G industry forecasts, Internet of Everything, frequency bands and spectrum licensing innovations.
USTTI - Ghana Ministry of Communications Seminar
In collaboration with the Ghana Ministry of Communications and Minister Dr. Edward Omane Boamah the USTTI conducted its first ever training on the continent of Africa. The two and half day seminar in Accra, Ghana from February 10 - 12 was conducted by subject matter experts from Microsoft and GSMA to address the subjects of developing national cybersecurity strategies and protecting children online.
The in-depth presentations spurred highly interactive discussions among the officials in attendance from Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cote D'Ivoire, Guinea Bissau, Lesotho, Liberia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia along with representatives from the African Union, ECOWAS and COMESA.
The success of this ground-breaking seminar for the USTTI on the continent of Africa would not have been possible without the detailed planning that was undertaken in Ghana by the Ministry of Communications, the National Communications Authority and the Ghana Broadcast Corporation. Their level of support and planning has provided a benchmark for the USTTI when considering future programs in Africa and around the world.
Last month the USTTI joined our colleagues from QUALCOMM in mourning the death of Klein Gilhousen, one of the seven co-founders of Qualcomm. Due to his leadership and commitment to bringing modern communications technology to women and men throughout the developing world, Klein played an instrumental role in bringing QUALCOMM to the USTTI as trainers and as a member of the USTTI Board of Directors.
As a result of Klein's vision, the USTTI and Qualcomm have collaborated to empower hundreds of women and men through training at the Qualcomm facilities in Bozeman, Montana and San Diego, California. Klein would also take the extra initiative to personally meet with USTTI scholars attending Qualcomm training and share with them his insights and philosophies that served him as a successful engineer and pioneer of CDMA technology. In 2006, USTTI Chairman, Ambassador Michael Gardner and the USTTI Board of Directors recognized Klein with the USTTI Chairman's Award, given annually to individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the USTTI's goal of global growth through communications sharing. The recognition was a token of thanks for his steadfast support of the USTTI and our scholars. As the USTTI reflects on the presentation of the Chairman's award in 2006 and the incredible life Klein led, we remain grateful for Klein's kindness and his incredible dedication to the USTTI.