The Institute of Mobile Technologies becomes the International Telecommunication Union’s first Academic Member in Canada

The Institute of Mobile Technologies becomes the International Telecommunication Union’s first Academic Member in Canada

Toronto, ONTARIO – December 19, 2011 – The International Institute of Mobile Technologies (IIMT – www.iimt.ca) is pleased to announce it has joined the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) – the United Nations’ specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICT) – as its first academic member in Canada just a few short months after the new category of membership was introduced in September 2011.

ITU As we look ahead to the future of ICT, the already wide use of mobile technologies will see a dramatic increase in mobile service offerings such as mobile money, for example. The resulting challenge is there is increasing interest in knowledge transfer and technology training as well as creating the necessary policies that will ensure security as the ongoing mobile revolution encompasses ever larger numbers of the world population.

“We welcome the International Institute of Mobile Technologies as our first academic member in Canada. IIMT brings many years of experience in technology development, education and training, empowering stakeholders across borders to participate in the mobile revolution. We look forward to working in partnership with IIMT to take forward ITU’s commitment to connect the world to the benefits of ICT with a focus on mobile technologies that would include applications, content, regulation and standardization,” Dr. Hamadoun Touré, ITU Secretary General commented.

“Knowledge transfer between developed and developing countries is crucial in accelerating the definition and adoption of ICT standards and international regulatory frameworks for data protection,” said Shayan Mashatian, IIMT Founder and President. “IIMT is at the forefront of this effort, working with academic and governmental partners to materialize common objectives in both our education and consulting work. We are so thrilled to now count ITU as one such partner, and we look forward to connecting with other ITU members to define joint projects,” Mashatian added.

Such expertise is at work across IIMT projects. One such example is the Mobile Technology Management Program, the first of its kind in Mobile Technology. This program is designed for managers, consultants and technologists working in various industries and sectors who wish to upgrade their skills and knowledge while obtaining university-level certification.  Yet another is the Mobile Labs Program. Working jointly with governments, academic institutions, Telcos and technology providers – as in the case of the Cape Town Mobile Lab, co-directed by IIMT in partnership with the University of Cape Town and focused on the unique needs of sub-Saharan Africa – IIMT facilitates the creation of mobile labs across the globe with curriculum ranging mobile application development to mobile infrastructure and policy advisory services.

ITU membership provides IIMT with access to 193 governments and regulatory bodies from developed and developing countries, over 700 companies representing every segment of the ICT sector, and connections with universities and research institutes around the world.

To learn more about how IIMT can serve as your partner in mobile applications knowledge transfer, policy development and standardization consulting, visit www.iimt.ca.

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Media Contact:
Melissa Dranfield
mdranfield@iimt.ca
+1 (416) 737.6650

About the International Telecommunication Union
ITU is the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technology. For over 146 years, ITU has coordinated the shared global use of the radio spectrum, promoted international cooperation in assigning satellite orbits, worked to improve communication infrastructure in the developing world, and established the worldwide standards that foster seamless interconnection of a vast range of communications systems. From broadband networks to new-generation wireless technologies, aeronautical and maritime navigation, radio astronomy, satellite-based meteorology and converging fixed-mobile phone, Internet and broadcasting technologies, ITU is committed to connecting the world.

About the International Institute of Mobile Technologies
Based in Toronto, Canada, operating globally and backed by a team of experts with over a decade of experience in mobile application and development, The International Institute of Mobile Technologies (IIMT) offers a wide range of services encompassing three focal areas: education, research and consulting. Partnering with universities in Canada and around the globe, IIMT collaboratively delivers its flagship Mobile Technology Management Program. In partnership with its affiliated company, Appexiom Inc., a Design Studio for Mobile, IIMT also provides consulting and professional services in international development projects worldwide, directly working with governments, international development organizations or through its Mobile Labs in partnership with universities and industry leaders. A strong commitment to using technology for social change is an integral component of IIMT’s mission. To learn more about the Institute, visit www.iimt.ca or follow us on Twitter at @iimtca.

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