Applicants from Japan, Uruguay and Zimbabwe will lead the three strands of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Standardization (ITU-T), Spectrum Management (ITU-R) and Development (ITU-D). With her election at the General Assembly of the ITU (Plenipot22) yesterday in Bucharest, the leadership team of the UN organization responsible for telecommunications is complete for the next four years.
After the American Doreen Bogdan-Martin as the first woman to head the ITU, the members had already elected Tomas Lamanauskas as the youngest deputy in the history of the organization on Thursday. With Lamanauskas, who comes from Lithuania, the delegates preferred a globetrotter in telecommunications policy to the previous head of the standardization area, the Korean Chaeasub Lee, who also took office.
In addition to positions in the telecoms regulation of his home country, Lamanauskas has also worked as a consultant in the Prime Minister’s Office in Vanatu for the past 15 years – as CEO of the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of the British Virgin Islands and as Deputy Chief of Telecommunications Regulatory Affairs in Bahrain. After his election, he said he also understood the challenges facing island nations in securing grids against rising sea levels and severe weather.
Lamanauskas, who also speaks fluent Russian, clearly managed to secure the required majority in the first ballot. The Lithuanian is considered a diplomat, which the ITU can really use in the heated political situation.
NTT Docomo CTO as the new head of standardization
With the election of Lamanauskas, the European candidate, the die was practically cast for the German candidate for the post of Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB), Thomas Zielke. Although not specified, attention is paid to regional proportional representation when filling offices, and with Bogdan-Martin and Lamanauskas the ITU will have a top US-EU duo.
NTT’s CTO Seizo Onoe won the race to lead the working groups that drive standards in the first ballot. Onoe, who comes from mobile communications, has been particularly active in the GSMA and promised in his campaign to intensify cooperation with other standardization organizations and industry forums. His portfolio also includes sensitive debates such as the new Internet protocol (New IP) initiated by Huawei.
Hotly contested: ITU-D
The previous incumbent of the spectrum management sector of the ITU, ITU Radiotelecommunication Sector (ITU-R), Mr Mario Maniewicz, was re-elected almost unanimously. Among other things, Maniewicz is responsible for organizing the wave conferences, where frequencies for various services are internationally agreed. The next one will take place in Dubai next year. In contrast, the delegates needed three rounds to elect the next head of the ITU sector responsible for development, ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D).
A total of six countries had entered candidates for the sector previously headed by Bogdan-Martin: the Bahamas, Gambia, Pakistan, Cameroon, the Republic of the Congo and Zimbabwe. Cosmas Zavazava from Zimbabwe received the most votes in all three rounds, but it was only after several candidates withdrew that Zavazava, who had held various positions in the ITU-D since 2001 and was therefore an old acquaintance, managed to get the necessary majority of the votes cast. In the end, the member countries, which were scheduled for Monday, agreed to bring forward the third round.
At the beginning of next week there will be elections for the seats of member states in the ITU Council and the Radio Regulations Board of the ITU and then the work program for the next four years will be negotiated until September 14th.
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