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Warsaw to Host Global Symposium for Regulators
June 27, 2013   
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The Polish capital is preparing to host the 13th annual Global Symposium of Regulators (GSR 13) July 3-5, an annual meeting of the heads of national regulatory authorities for the telecommunications and information and communication technology (ICT) markets from around the world. This is the first time the meeting is being held in the European Union. Geneva is the only other European city to have hosted the conference so far.

“Poland has been selected to host the symposium because it is a very innovative, modern country that has good practices and good solutions for the telecommunications market,” said Magdalena Gaj, head of Poland’s Office of Electronic Communications (UKE), the Polish national regulatory authority for the telecommunications market. The symposium is being organized by the Geneva-based International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a United Nations agency dealing with information and communication technology that aims to standardize and regulate the radio and telecommunications market. Poland’s Office of Electronic Communications and the Ministry of Administration and Digitization are helping to organize the event.

This year’s symposium, entitled “Fourth-Generation Regulation: Driving Digital Communications Ahead,” will be attended by more than 500 participants from around the world, among them regulators, ministers responsible for telecommunications, politicians, CEOs of the world’s largest ICT companies and market experts.

The meeting is expected to provide a platform for the exchange of experience between regulators and telecommunications industry professionals from around the world, as well as an opportunity to promote Poland as a modern country that invests in innovative technology. Internationally, Poland is still largely associated with the mining industry and coal mines. In reality, however, the ICT sector contributes more to Poland’s GDP than the mining industry. Its contribution is estimated at 20 billion euros, making Poland a leading nation in Europe and ranking it 10th worldwide in this respect in percentage terms. In terms of mobile internet access, Poland is also leading the way in Europe. It was one of the first EU countries to launch services based on Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology and is one of the fastest growing markets in the sector worldwide.

The digital business still has great potential for growth, experts say. Poland aspires to become an information technology hub in Europe and the Polish Ministry of the Economy estimates that in the future this sector may be responsible for 13 percent of the country’s GDP, up from roughly 4 percent today. For this to happen, it is necessary to promote Poland internationally, experts say. This goal is served by the GSR 13 meeting, which will bring together the industry’s movers and shakers from across the world.
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