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February News Update
February 4, 2010

A Message to the Citizens of Haiti
USTTI Chairman Ambassador Michael R. Gardner and the entire staff of the USTTI wish to express our sincere condolences to the women and men of Haiti for the terrible losses suffered as a result of their recent earthquake. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and we stand ready in the coming months and years to work with you to rebuild a stronger and more connected Haiti.

USTTI’s 86 Course Curriculum for 2010
USTTI’s 2010 curriculum is available online at http://ustti.org/courses and features 86 diverse training courses, which are designed to address the sweeping changes that have taken place in the global communications arena. The 2010 curriculum features new and expanded training in Cybersecurity, mobile broadband and broadcasting. Of note, this year’s curriculum debuts a special seminar on Analog to Digital Television Transition, based on the US’s successful shift on June 12, 2009. Further details on this seminar can be found here.

USTTI strongly encourages all interested officials to submit an application as soon as possible to ensure adequate time for the procurement of an entry visa and funding (a process that can take more than 16 weeks in many countries). Do not delay, review the curriculum and apply today!

IBM and Inmarsat Join USTTI Board
USTTI is pleased to announce that IBM and Inmarsat Inc. have joined the USTTI Board in 2010. Mr. Mark Cleverley, IBM’s Director of Strategy will represent IBM and Ms. Diane Cornell, Inmarsat’s Vice President of Government Affairs will represent Inmarsat, Inc. on the USTTI Board of Directors. USTTI trainers for several years, both IBM and Inmarsat joined the Board to further expand their commitment to USTTI and our Mission of global growth through communications sharing.

IBM is a services provider working to develop technologies and solutions that make communities and businesses operate more efficiently and effectively. Inmarsat is a leading provider of global mobile satellite communications providing voice and high-speed data services to almost anywhere on the planet. USTTI Chairman, Ambassador Michael R. Gardner, and all of the industry and government Board members are excited to have these two innovative companies represented on the Board and look forward to the additional insights and global outreach opportunities each of these companies bring to the USTTI.

Leadership Seminar for Sierra Leone Chairman
USTTI kicked off the 2010 training year with a special leadership seminar for Chairman Siray A. Timbo of Sierra Leone’s National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM). From January 13 – 15, Chairman Timbo met with senior officials to discuss the challenges and opportunities involved with developing a regulatory body.

Throughout the course of his three days in Washington, Chairman Timbo had a rigorous schedule of meetings with members of the USTTI Board of Directors in key Government and industry positions to discuss the importance of regulatory transparency, spectrum allocation and management, universal service, fraud and enforcement, and the liberalization and privatization of Sierra Leone’s ICT market. Several of these sessions focused on ways NATCOM can attract foreign investment and properly manage the landing of an undersea fiber-optic cable in Sierra Leone.

The USTTI applauds Chairman Timbo and President Ernest Bai Koroma for their impressive commitment to an enlightened corruption free regulatory environment that is aggressively promoting ICT access for all of the citizens of Sierra Leone.

Presidents Day
On Monday, February 15 the United Sates will celebrate Presidents’ Day. Each year, on the third Monday in February government, businesses and schools close to honor the men who have served as President of the United States. Originally, celebrated to commemorate the birthday of our first President, George Washington, the holiday was changed in 1971 to honor all who have served as the Commander -In- Chief. In observance of this holiday the USTTI offices will be closed on February 15th.

Alumni Update:
As we begin 2010, we want to hear from you. Please email USTTI Senior Curriculum Coordinator Jim O’Connor, joconnor@ustti.org, to keep us updated on how USTTI’s tuition-free training is helping your career progress.

 

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