At the conclusion of each course, sponsors typically hold a special ceremony commending graduates on their achievements during training. We hope you enjoy some of our ceremony photos below.


In 2018, AT&T conducted tuition-free training courses addressing Network Disaster Recovery, IP Network/Cyber Security and Subsea Cable Construction and Maintenance. Since 1982, AT&T has conducted 64 courses for 951 USTTI scholars. Pictured above, USTTI scholars gather on the roof of the AT&T Forum, in Washington DC, following an in depth session focused of the most important commercial, technical and policy elements that an operator or policy-maker should take into account when evaluating a new cable system. AT&T is represented on the USTTI Board of Directors by Karim Lesina, AT&T’s Senior Vice President International External and Regulatory Affairs.


USTTI Scholars from Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda and Vietnam conclude a day of hands on spectrum and broadcast training WRC TV-4 a Comcast NBCUniversal Station located in Washington, DC. Comcast NBCUniversal is represented on the USTTI Board of Directors by Ms. Rebecca Arbogast, Comcast NBCUniversal’s Senior Vice President for Global Public Policy. Photo from 2017 training year.


Since joining the USTTI Board of Directors in 2011, Ericsson, has conducted 16 training courses at their facilities in Plano, Texas and San Jose, California. In 2018, their course “Mobile Broadband: Empowering People, Business and Society” demonstrated how innovating technology for good makes life better, whether through connecting people in new ways, building technologies for industries in transformation or creating more inclusive societies. Jared Carlson, (back row, fourth from the right) Ericsson’s Vice President for Government Affairs and Public Policy for North America represents Ericsson on the USTTI Board of Directors..

Pictured above, following a highly interactive training session at Facebook’s, Washington DC office, USTTI Scholars from Argentina, The Bahamas, Bahrain, Brazil, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, Grenada, Jordan, Mexico, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Uruguay and Vietnam join Facebook’s, Robert Pepper (Second row, second from left) and Chris Hemmerlein (third row, first on left). Facebook is represented on the USTTI Board of Directors by Robert Pepper, Facebook’s Head of Global Connectivity Policy and Planning.


GSMA’s Capacity Building program offers a range of training courses that strive to keep regulators and policy makers aware of industry trends and their impact on the delivery of mobile services around the world. Pictured above, GSMA’s Vikram Raval (Front row, Far left) is joined by USTTI Scholars from Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, Laos, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Suriname, Tunisia and Uganda at the conclusion of an exhaustive day of training. GSMA is represented on the USTTI Board of Directors by GSMA’s Head of International Relations Belinda Exelby.


Intel Corporations training course “5G and Wi-Fi: Facilitating mobile Broadband deployments, enabling Connected societies, and bridging the digital divide” shared information on the communication technologies and policies driving next generation connectivity for billions worldwide. Pictured above, nineteen USTTI Scholars from Belize, Cambodia, Egypt, Ghana, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam join Intel’s John Roman (second from right) outside Intel’s headquarters in Silicon Valley. Peter Pitsch represents Intel on the USTTI Board of Directors


Since 1990, Intelsat has trained 418 USTTI Scholars. Pictured above, USTTI Scholars from Cambodia, Ghana, Indonesia, Nigeria, Peru, Sierra Leone, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Zimbabwe tour the Intelsat campus in Ellenwood, Georgia. Intelsat in represented on the USTTI Board of Directors by Gonzalo De Dios, Intelsat´┐Żs Associate General Counsel.

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

Following years of providing tuition-free training, ICANN joined the USTTI Board of Directors in 2018. Pictured above, Adiel Akplogan (far right) ICANN’s Vice President for Technical Engagement and Matt Larson (sixth from the right) ICANN’s Vice President for Research, join USTTI scholars following a training on the Internet Domain Name System (DNS), its operational and policy definition ecosystems, the general vulnerability associated with it and mitigation mechanisms such as DNSSEC. ICANN is represented on the USTTI Board of Directors by Adiel Akplogan.


In 2018, the Internet Society launched its Collaborative Governance training course to provide hands-on training on the skills necessary to be successful in collaborative, multistakeholder discussions. Led by former USTTI Board Member, Larry Strickling, the trainings inaugural session took place at the USTTI with the participation of USTTI scholars from Argentina, Brazil, Cote d’Ivoire, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, Laos, Liberia, Nigeria, Suriname and Uganda. Since 2008, the Internet Society has trained 261 USTTI scholars. Andrew Sullivan, President and CEO represents the Internet Society on the USTTI Board of Directors.


USTTI Scholars from Albania, Barbados, Bhutan, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Malawi and Tunisia pose with Amanda Craig, Senior Cybersecurity Strategist for Microsoft. (5th from left) at the conclusion of an intensive training addressing the development of National Cybersecuity Policy. Course discussions addressed the elements of effective strategies and the processes for organizing risk identification, assessments and management. Microsoft is represented on the USTTI Board of Directors by Paul Mitchell, General Manager for Telecom and Internet Governance. Photo from 2016 training year.


On an annual basis dedicated officials from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) conduct USTTI training courses addressing Spectrum Management and multistakeholder approaches for Internet policy development. Pictured above, USTTI Board Member, David J. Redl (Second Row, Far Right), Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator joins USTTI scholars from Argentina, Bahamas, Bahrain, Brazil, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, Grenada, Jordan, Mexico, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Uruguay and Vietnam at the conclusion of their week of training at the NTIA.


On an annual basis the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) offers much needed training in addressing Disaster Communications Management. This one week course is constructed and lead by Jerry Freibaum (first row, first on the left), an ICT specialist with more than 40 years of Government and private sector experience in the area of Emergency Communications. In 2018 officials from Barbados, Brazil, Colombia, Ghana, Grenada, Nigeria, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Trinidad and Tobago, and Vietnam completed the highly popular training that combines lecture, site visits and participant presentations to share the information necessary to mitigate the effects of manmade and natural disasters.


In 2018, QUALCOMM’s highly popular “5G and a Connected World” course trained officials from Belize, Cambodia, Egypt, Ghana, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam. The intensive one week course addressed the latest developments in the mobile broadband ecosystem, 3G/4G industry forecasts, Internet of Everything, frequency bands and spectrum licensing innovations. QUALCOMM is represented on the USTTI Board of directors by Tom Wasilewski, Vice President for Government Affairs.


Twenty USTTI scholars took a momentary pause for a group photo during USTTI’s training at TCI headquarters in Freemont, CA. During the weeklong training program, TCI conducts classroom and hands-on activities to provide scholars with a practical overview of spectrum management and monitoring techniques. For 20 years TCI has been providing tuition free training for USTTI scholars, graduating 241 developing country ICT officials. J.B. Ballard, President, SPX Communication Technologies, parent company of TCI, represents SPX on the USTTI Board of Directors. Photo from 2016 training year.

TCI (SPX Communication Technologies)

Since 1996, TCI has trained 282 USTTI scholars at their headquarters in Freemont, California. TCI’s popular Practical Applications of Spectrum Management training session combines classroom instruction with hands-on training of spectrum monitoring and signal measurement techniques. In 2018, 18 USTTI Scholars from 11 countries participated in the week long session. JB Ballard, President, SPX Technologies represents TCI on the USTTI Board of Directors.


On an annual basis Verizon provides, tuition-free, USTTI training that shares information about the policies and regulations that enable competition and encourage investment so that ubiquitous, affordable access to information and communications technologies is achieved. In 2018, USTTI scholars from, Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Cambodia, Cote’DIvoire, Ghana, Indonesia, Laos, Liberia, Malaysia, Nigeria, The Philippines, Suriname, Tunisia, Uganda and, Vietnam participated in Verizon’s “Fostering the Deployment of Broadband Networks and Converged Services” training course in Washington, DC. Tom Dailey, Senior Vice President and General Counsel represents Verizon on the USTTI Board of Directors.