Hosted by Bluesky Cook Islands, the conference is themed, “Unlocking Smarter Communities in the Pacific”. Delegates will be involved in presentations, discussions, workshops and trade show meetings with experts, colleagues and stakeholders who will look at how they can improve the lives and societies of the people in this part of the world through information and communications technology (ICT).
The event is the largest regional telecom conference and tradeshow this year, marking another milestone for Bluesky and the country as a whole, says Bluesky Cook Islands country manager Phillip Henderson.
He says it’s a big deal for the Cook Islands, with leading global ICT solutions company Huawei Technologies bringing in a 40-foot container full of equipment to show the latest in ICT technology, and other participants including satellite service providers, also demonstrating products.
An extensive programme will begin on Monday with the official opening of the conference at the auditorium. Prime minister Henry Puna will deliver the opening address on behalf of the Cook Islands government.
A cake-cutting ceremony will follow to celebrate the 21st anniversary of PITA before a number of keynote presentations get underway with experts from the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation, Huawei Technologies, Speedcast, SAT Pty Ltd, Pacific Century Cyberworks, INTELSAT and Pulse Telecom discussing various telecom scenarios, experiences and challenges.
A number of social activities will also occur during the week, including an official welcome and opening dinner for PITA 2017 hosted by Huawei, Bluesky Pacific Group and the Cook Islands government at the Te Atukura grounds.
“Each day will bring a new range of topics to the table such as; smart technologies to help emerging countries, next generation satellites for high-throughput services, data trends, role of ICT infrastructures for smart, safe and sustainable communities, and much more,” Bluesky said in a media release yesterday.
On Wednesday delegates will be treated to some local rest and relaxation with a “networking” day out on Motu Koromiri where they will explore the Muri lagoon sea life and enjoy the company of live string-band entertainment on the beach, lagoon cruises, pareu-tying and coconut tree climbing demonstrations and other fun activities to see them through the late afternoon.
“This will be a key networking day for the delegates in a relaxed environment,” the release said.
The conference will resume at the auditorium on Thursday and Friday with a closing function at the Te Vara Nui ending a busy week.
The conference will be exclusive to registered members representing 110 telecommunications companies around the region.
PITA is a non-profit organisation formed in 1997 with the goal of providing a forum for those involved with telecommunications in the Pacific, to exchange experiences, help formulate solutions relevant to the region, provide training opportunities and to be a Pacific voice in the international communications environment.
Bluesky Cook Islands is hosting the 21st event with the support of its main diamond sponsor, Huawei Technologies and platinum, gold, silver and bronze sponsors.
“We are happy to host the 21st PITA AGM & Tradeshow with main sponsors Huawei, and the Bluesky Staff will be providing the support required to ensure everyone has a great time,” says Henderson.
He says the event will not only enable participants to see and discuss some of the latest developments in ICT technology, but will also be an excellent opportunity to showcase the Cook Islands as a tourist destination.
“We are hoping a number of delegates will stay here for an extra week and take the opportunity to see more of Rarotonga and Aitutaki.”