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October 23, 2018

Meet the Candidates: István Bozsóki for Director of the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau

ITU’s Member States will soon elect the Union’s top executives at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2018 (PP-18) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. ITU News is highlighting written interviews (Q&As) with the candidates for each of ITU’s top posts. Below is the Q&A for István Bozsóki, candidate for  Director of the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau

How should ITU evolve to maintain relevance in today’s world?

ITU is a membership‑driven organization, and new energy should be introduced to enhance and strengthen the collaboration between members, especially in the ITU Radiocommunication Sector, in light of emerging technologies and the increased demand for spectrum. Radio spectrum is a natural, valuable and scarce resource, highly necessary as an enabling tool for many services and applications that are vital for the evolution of humanity.

ITU needs to show by example how effective spectrum management enhances the efficient and innovative use of spectrum, while maximizing the very potential of the same.

“ITU is a membership driven organization, and new energy should be introduced to enhance and strengthen the collaboration between members, especially in the ITU Radiocommunication Sector.”

I am fully committed and ready to bring that new energy and spirit to the Sector with my 38 years worth of experience, knowledge and competencies in the field of radiocommunications.

What are your top three priorities and how do you plan to achieve them?

My first priority is to ensure the efficient management of the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau to achieve strategic targets as identified by Plenipotentiary Conferences and ITU Council. I would have the ITU Radiocommunication Sector become the leader of 21st Century communications, owing to my:

  • inclusive leadership;
  • leading by example;
  • being an integral part of the team;
  • optimizing the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau’s internal and external working procedures to ensure efficiency; and
  • developing appropriate methods to best respond to radio‑frequency needs and allocations for relevant services (e.g. the Internet of Things, International Mobile Telecommunications and broadcasting).

My second priority is to be the key driver of a “One ITU” by working in close cooperation with both the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau and the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau and avoiding overlap — making them complementary.

My third priority is to work closely with ITU members to leverage the efficient and innovative use of radio‑frequency spectrum management globally.

“My first priority is to ensure the efficient management of the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau to achieve strategic targets as identified by Plenipotentiary Conferences and ITU Council.”

I would achieve this by providing:

  • the best assistance to government administrations in preparation for World Radiocommunication Conferences, ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU–R) Study Group activities, and implementation of their results;
  • viable solutions for members to facilitate radio‑spectrum access, in particular those in developing countries;
  • tailored assistance to developing countries and responding to their specific needs.
What do you see as ITU’s unique role in accelerating progress on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals?

For implementing all of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), access to affordable information and communication technologies is crucial. Wireless communication still remains the most effective solution to many of the world’s unconnected, offering them an opportunity to get online and reap the benefits of the digital transformation, for example being able to use mobile payments, e‑agriculture, m‑health, e‑government services, etc. on a daily basis.

In addition, new emerging technologies, like international mobile telecommunications, the Internet of Things, M2M communications, and Artificial Intelligence, will create new requirements for next‑generation infrastructure, significantly relying on wireless communication (including mobile, satellite and broadcasting) and going far beyond the interpretation of conventional information and communication technologies (ICTs).

“For implementing all of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, access to affordable information and communication technologies is crucial.”

Therefore, efficient and effective management of spectrum, scarce resources, and satellite orbits should remain at the centre of attention of the sustainable development goal process, while placing the ITU Radiocommunication Sector in a strategic position to stimulate positive contribution of ICTs to achieving the SDGs.

What has been your most important leadership achievement?

My leading the international department of the regulator responsible for ICTs in Hungary has strengthened the participation and activities of the regulator in the international work of the different telecommunication organizations, such as, for example, ITU, the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations, and ETSI.

Another important achievement was my leading the working group of the European cross‑border frequency coordination agreement (the European Harmonized Calculation Method Agreement).

How have you built consensus amongst diverse stakeholders?

Most of the time we would have negotiation among the parties for reaching consensus. Examples were provided for the advantages and disadvantages of the different solutions. And finally, with the results, they were happy or equally unhappy.

What else would you like to add?

5G, as a technology of the future, will bring so many opportunities for social and economic development, and I will invest my maximum personal efforts, knowledge and energy to mobilize the ICT ecosystem to make it more affordable to the developing world and to bring benefits to all. Nobody from developing countries should be left behind.

“I would have the ITU Radiocommunication Sector become the leader of 21st Century communications.”

I have inter‑sectoral experience — within the ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU–R), the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU–D), including the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau (BR), and the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) — and I know the spectrum management needs of the developing countries. I wish to work in close cooperation with all the ITU divisions to become more efficient.

István Bozsóki, prior to announcing his candidacy, was the Head of Telecommunications Network and Spectrum Management Division for the ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau. Learn more about Mr. Bozsóki and the other candidates for ITU’s top posts on the Candidates page of the PP-18 website.
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Meet the Candidates: István Bozsóki for Director of the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau

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