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USTTI Trains First Iraqis of Post-Saddam Era in Spectrum Management
October 24, 2003

WASHINGTON, DC (October 24, 2003) – For the past three weeks, the United States Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI) has provided vital training to three Iraqi women who are working to develop their country’s new spectrum management and allocation policy. This special training initiative was designed to respond to the urgent needs of Iraqi officials rebuilding the communications infrastructure in their country. The spectrum engineers who attended the USTTI’s tuition-free program were the first three Iraqi officials trained in the United States since the fall of Saddam Hussein.

Soumar Abdulkader, Wesall Ali, and Maha Badir, engineers with the Frequency Management Department of the Iraqi Telecommunication and Post Company, participated in a variety of intensive training courses offered by two federal agencies represented on the USTTI Board of Directors – the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Topics covered during the Iraqis’ training at the FCC and NTIA included “Laboratory Techniques in Support of Data Distribution Networks” and “Radio Frequency Management.” Site visits included interactive tours of Howard University Television, National Public Radio, Voice of America, and XM Satellite Radio. Mr. Fred Matos, Spectrum Management Chief for the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), nominated the three Iraqis for training.

While attending USTTI training, M. Abdulkader, M. Ali, and M. Badir also had the opportunity to meet and discuss communications policy for the new Iraq with FCC Chairman Michael Powell, NTIA Acting Administrator Michael Gallagher, and Ambassador David Gross, US Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy at the State Department, all of whom serve on the USTTI Board of Directors. These first-time USTTI scholars from Iraq also met with Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT) and Deputy Commerce Secretary Samuel Bodman.


The USTTI is a non-profit joint venture between leaders in the US communications industries and ranking officials in the federal government, established by Ambassador Michael R. Gardner at the 1982 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. The goal of this collaborative effort is to share the United States’ communications, technological, and managerial advances on a global basis by providing a comprehensive array of tuition-free training courses for qualified women and men who regulate and manage the communications infrastructures in the developing world.


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