Asean ICT ministers to gather in Cebu for top-level regional meeting

Although it does not have a separate ICT department, the Philippines is playing host to two major ICT and telecom events in Cebu City on Nov. 12 to 16.

Top ICT ministers and senior officials from ten Asean member-states will attend the 13th Asean Telecommunications and IT Senior Officials Meeting (Telsom) and the 12th Asean Telecommunications and IT Ministers Meeting (Telmin) to be held at the Mactan Shangri-la Hotel in Cebu.

Aside from Asean countries, dialog partners from China, India, Japan, Korea, the European Union and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) will also attend to discuss the region’s progress in ICT relative to the Asean ICT Masterplan (AIM) and to map out policy directions for Asean’s ICT initiatives for the coming year.

This year’s conference and Telmin chair is Department of Science and Technology (DOST) secretary Mario G. Montejo. Leading the Philippine delegation of senior officials is DOST-Information and Communications Technology Office undersecretary Louis Napoleon C. Casambre.

“We are looking forward to hosting this very important gathering and exchanging ideas with our Asean counterparts, as well as exploring new avenues of cooperation with our dialogue partners. The Philippines is looking at playing a more active role in ICT development in the Asean region, particularly in the areas of ICT infrastructure and people empowerment,” Casambre said.

One of the key events at the conference is the signing of the Mactan Cebu Declaration, which aims to improve cooperation between Asean member states in ICT related endeavors such as cybersecurity and e-commerce, as well as to implement strategic thrusts put forth in the Asean ICT Masterplan.

Other events happening during the weeklong conference are: An Asean-UNCTAD workshop on e-Commerce law harmonization, the awarding ceremonies for the first ever Asean ICT Awards, as well as an informal meeting of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia Malaysia, and the Philippines East Asean Growth area (BIMP-EAGA) Telecom and IT Ministers.

Ruckus names veteran IT exec to oversee PH operations

Posted: 07 Nov 2012 12:42 AM PST

US-based tech firm Ruckus Wireless has announced the appointment of IT veteran Don Herana as its first country sales manager for the Philippines.

Herana

As new head of Philippine sales and operations, Herana will oversee all of Ruckus’ business and channel activities in the country, the company said.

“Don’s experience in the Philippine mobile communications market is an invaluable asset for Ruckus. He can assist carriers and enterprises to fully explore the potential of our smart Wi-Fi technologies to tap the explosive growth in the Philippines,” Louis Au, vice president for Asia Pacific at Ruckus Wireless, said in a statement.

Ruckus’ Smart Wi-Fi technology has been deployed in a wide-variety of Philippines enterprises, including Mandarin Oriental Manila, ABS-CBN, SM SuperMalls, Cardinal Santos, and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, among others.

Ruckus also supplies Wi-Fi equipment to a number of top telecom service providers, including KDDI, China Telecom, O2, and Time Warner Cable.

Currently, Herana is also a contributing technology columnist for an online publication. He holds a computer engineering degree from Mapua Institute of Technology.

Prior to joining Ruckus, he was the country manager for enterprise mobility at Motorola Solutions. He was previously in channels/enterprise business development management role at APC by Schneider Electric.

“I am very excited to join Ruckus Wireless to lead their business operations in the Philippine market,” Herana said, “Wi-Fi is a critical technology component to meet the connectivity needs of both enterprise and telecom service providers. Ruckus Wireless delivers high performance yet cost-effective wireless networks.”

Along with Herana, Ruckus has also appointed Darwin Luzuriaga as pre-sales systems engineer to strengthen Ruckus Philippines’ technical and network consulting.

Luzuriaga have been at network solution consulting role in a number of network system integrators, including Fujitsu Philippines, Kaizen Internetworking, and other local technology companies.

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