17 November 2009 - A Main Session on Access in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt




·    Mr. Amr Badawi, Executive President, National Telecommunications Authority Regulation (NTRA), Egypt


·    Mr. Hopeton Dunn, Director, Caribbean Programme in Telecommunications Policy and Technology Management (TPM), Mona School of Business, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica


·    Mr. Ben Akoh,?ICT Programmme Manager, Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA)

·    Mr. Pierre Dandjinou, ?CEO, Strategic Consulting Group SCG

·    Mr. Mohamed El Nawawy, Vice Chairman Telecom Egypt Company, Egypt

·    Mr. Ernest Ndukwe,?Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)

·    Mr. Ermanno Pietrosemoli, President, EsLaRed, Venezuela


Issues mentioned for this session included:

·    National and international regulatory issues;

·    National and regional backbones;

·    Infrastructure;

·    Interconnection costs;

·    Enabling Internet Exchange Points (IXPs);

·    Modes of access and regulatory challenges;

·    Safety and redundancy of access, e.g. cable cuts;

·    Issues in mobile access.