Better City, Better Life with ICT- Information and Communication Technology, that was the theme for this year’s World Telecommunications and Information Society Day, which was commemorated in Belize with an exhibition by Belize Telemedia Limited at the King’s Room of the Princess Hotel.
World Telecommunications and Information Society Day each year coincides with the formation of the International Telecommunications Union, ITU on May 17th, 1865. Telemedia is a member of ITU, whose mission it is to enable the growth and sustained development of telecommunications and information networks, and to facilitate universal access so that people everywhere can participate in, and benefit from, the emerging information society and global economy.
In his official message during Opening Ceremonies, which was aired live on KREM Radio, the Executive Director of Belize Telemedia Limited, Nestor Vasquez said that the Company has done its part to develop technology in order to create a better life for Belizeans, being the only company in Belize to be part of the ITU.
Among them Vasquez says is a “strong and robust” fiber-optic network which is key to ensuring that data and multi-media services can be accessed from anywhere in the country.
He added that within a couple of months Telemedia will complete its final leg of its nationwide fiber optic backbone as cables are currently being installed between Big Falls and Punta Gorda town. This, Vasquez says is the result of ICT advancement in Belize.
For his part, the Minister of Public Utilities, Transport, Communication and National Emergency, Melvin Hulse, said that even without us knowing, information technology impacts on our life; and it is important for every sector of our society, including agriculture, health, disaster preparedness and education.
Minister Hulse stated that even though we have come a long way and can brag about the advancement of telecommunications in Belize, we still have a long way to go to ensure that the “playing field is level”” especially on the issue of internet in schools.
Minister Hulse announced that systems are being put in place for crime prevention and transport to upgrade and modernize communication within those sectors. He also encouraged the Private Sector to embrace the advancements that are made within the telecommunications sector by Belize Telemedia Limited.
Hundreds of primary and secondary school students attended the Open Day which featured displays from thirteen Departments of the Company, including Customer Care, Operator, DSL and Internet, Billing and Credit, and the Line Maintenance Departments. An award ceremony for long-time employees of the company was also held on that day.