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					                            Global ICT Industry Leaders Forum
                                            10 March 2008
                                        &
                      The 8th Global Symposium for Regulators
                                         11-13 March 2008


                                      Practical Information
INTRODUCTION
The 8th Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR) will be organized by the Telecommunication Development
Bureau (BDT) of International Telecommunication Union (ITU), in collaboration with the National
Telecommunications Commission, Thailand from 11 – 13 March 2008. The Symposium will be preceded by
Global ICT Industry Leaders Forum on 10 March 2008.

VENUE:       Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall (PEACH)
             Royal Cliff Beach Resort
             Pattaya City, Chonburi, Thailand

Pattaya is located on the East coast of the Gulf of Thailand, in the province of Chonburi about 165 km
(102.54 miles) Southeast of Bangkok, 140 km (87.01 miles) from Suvarnabhumi International Airport or only
1.30 hours drive. It is one of the largest centers of tourism in Thailand. The city also offers many luxury
hotels, beautiful beaches, friendly people, excellent shopping, places with reasonable prices and a wide
variety of nearby tourist attractions. Pattaya offers variety of activities both on land and water which
include some of the finest golfing, game fishing and scuba diving. There are also theme and amusement
park, offbeat museums and lush botanical gardens.




WORKING LANGUAGES
The Global ICT Industry Leader Forum and the Global Symposium for Regulators will be conducted in
English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese and Thai.
REGISTRATION
Participants registration for the meetings will open at Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall (PEACH) on 9
March 2008 at 10:00 hours and 10-13 March from 07:30 hours to 18:00 hours. However, all participants are
required to pre-register by sending the registration form to fax +41 22 730 6210 or by email to
GSR08@itu.int.
There is no registration fee for both meetings.

CONTACT
Any inquiries relating the events, please contact:
         The 8th GSR Organizing Committee
         Tel. (66 2) 272 7054 / 272 6888
         Fax (66 2) 278 1736 / 271 3512
         E-mail: inter_org@ntc.or.th


WORKING HOURS
   The Global ICT Industry Leaders Forum: the opening ceremony will take place on Monday 10 March 2008
at 09:00 hours, and the working hours will be from 09:00 hours to 12:00 hours and from 14:00 hours to
17:00 hours.
   The 8th Global symposium for Regulators: the opening ceremony will take place on Tuesday 11 March
2008 at 09:00 hours, and the working hours will be from 09:00 hours to 12:00 hours and from 14:00 hours to
17:00 hours.

TRANSPORTATION
Travel to Pattaya
Transportation from Suvarnabhumi International Airport to Pattaya
  You are recommended to book flights all the way to Bangkok. Travelers from foreign countries to
Thailand normally arrive at Bangkok through Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
  The meetings will be held during a busy vacation season in Thailand. We recommend the participants to
make their travel plans as early as possible to get a good deal for airplane tickets.

Transfer from Suvarnabhumi International Airport to PEACH
The Host will arrange shuttle bus for all participants who indicate their travel itinerary to the Organizing
Committee. A welcome area, fast-track immigration, arrival lounge and information desk will be set up at
Suvarnabhumi International Airport to assist the participants. A shuttle bus service from the Airport to
official hotels and the hotels to the Airport will be arranged free of charge for participants on the following
dates; 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 March 2008.
Transportation from Suvarnabhumi International Airport to Pattaya will be organized on a daily basis.
Transportation between the appointed hotels to PEACH and vice versa will also be organized.
Alternatively, participants may take a limousine or a public taxi to Pattaya. The participants are advised to
contact the Information Desk at the Airport for assistance.


HOTELS
Six hotels are recommended by the Host Organization.
   The meetings will be held during a busy vacation season in Thailand, thus the participants are advised
   to make the reservation early. Hotel rooms will be assigned on a first-come-first-served basis.
     In order to guarantee your reservation, your credit card information is necessary for a deposit
   equivalent to one night. Total amount of the hotel fee will be charged directly by the hotel when
   checking out.
    Any changes or cancellations regarding room reservation should be sent to the 8th GSR Organizing
   Committee by e-mail to inter_org@ntc.or.th or fax number 66 2 278 1736/66 2 271 3512.
   See the List of Official Hotels and room rate attached. The booking must be done on-line. However, at
    the first stage, the booking form can be sent to the 8th GSR Organizing Committee by e-mail to
    inter_org@ntc.or.th or fax number 66 2 278 1736, 66 2 271 3512.
   The Organizing Committee has blocked a number of hotel rooms with prearranged rates, inclusive of
    buffet American Breakfast and taxes, at the following hotels.




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  Royal Cliff Beach Resort (              )




Situated between Jomtien and Pattaya (Thailand) in a 64-acre lush tropical private estate overlooking
the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Siam, the beautiful award-winning resort offers a choice of four 5-
Star hotels each with its own distinct style and ambience: from cheerful and vibrant to secluded and
tranquil, from refined and elegant to exclusive and luxurious. PEACH is located within the Royal Cliff
Beach and Resort. See also: www.royalcliff.com


  Sheraton Pattaya Resort (               )




More like a private country club than a typical holiday resort, the Sheraton Pattaya Resort combines high
standards of service with the warmth of Thai hospitality. Nestled in picturesque cliff headlands south of
Pattaya, 3 minutes by shuttle bus to PEACH. See also: www.sheraton.com/pattaya.

  Hard Rock Hotel (            )




Overlooking the eastern shores of the Gulf of Thailand, Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya is a jewel in the heart
of the city with its internationally famed image, bringing a unique style and first class entertainment to
town. It takes 10 – 15 minutes to PEACH by shuttle bus. See also: www.hardrockhotels.net




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A-One Hotel (           )




The A-One Pattaya Beach Hotel has Private Terraces & Shower + Bath Tub, Karaoke, Pub, Restaurant and
Pool Side Area with International BBQ Dinner and Seafood BBQ Dinner. Welcome aboard to the paradise
ship, where gentle waves meet unique cruise design. The hotel faces the fascinating sea view of Pattaya
beach front promenade in North Pattaya Beach. Fully facilities and complete entertainments are
exclusively provided for you at the place where anything is possible. It takes 10 – 15 minutes to PEACH by
shuttle bus. See also: www.a-onehotel.com

  Siam Bayshore Resort & Spa (              )




Relax, unwind and rejuvenate are the first words that come to mind when visiting this perfect
picturesque resort that sits on the southern tip of Pattaya Bay between Walking Street and Bali Hai
pier. An oasis of tranquility nestled amid the buzz of Pattaya’s exuberant nightlife, enjoy the freedom
of a quiet escape and the chance to explore all Pattaya has to offer. It takes 3 minutes to PEACH by
shuttle bus. See also : www.siamhotels.com/sbs

  Mountain Beach (           )
  Three minutes to PEACH by shuttle bus, the disparately luxurious modernized hotel offers an
  extravagant panoramic scene of the sea along with superb cuisine and great leisure facilities. See
  also: www.mountainbeachhotel.com



TRAVEL INFORMATION
Immigration
Thailand welcomes citizens of all countries. Citizens of 39 countries and Hong Kong SAR are granted
permission to stay for one month automatically. Those of 14 countries can apply for “Visa on Arrival” at the
Immigration Hall. For citizens of countries not covered by the above, Visas can be obtained from the
nearest Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate.

Tourist Visa Exemption
All visitors entering Thailand are required to possess a valid passport and to obtain appropriate entry visa
from the nearest Thai Embassy or Consulate before entering Thailand.

Passport holders from the following 39 countries and Hong Kong SAR do not require a visa when entering
Thailand : Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bahrain, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Denmark, Finland,
France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kuwait,
Luxembourg, Malaysia, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Peru, The Philippines, Portugal,
Qatar, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom
and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Vietnam

Passport holders from 14 countries may apply for visas at the immigration Checkpoints :
Bhutan, People Republic of China (including Taiwan), Cyprus, Czech, Hungary, India, Kazakhstan,
Maldives, Mauritius, Oman, Poland, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine

For more information regarding visa requirements please contact the nearest Thai Embassy or Consulate or
visit http://www.thaiembassy.org or http://www.mfa.go.th

Currency & Exchange
The Thai currency unit is Baht (indicated THB). Bank notes are 1,000, 500, 100, 50, 20 bills and coin
denominations are 10, 5, 2, 1, 50 satang, 25 satang. One US dollar is about 33 THB as of September 2007.
Money can be exchanged at International Airport, banks, and hotels.
Climate
Thailand is tropical and humid, with three seasons – hot from March to May, rainy from June to October
(although it’s usually sunny most of the day) and cool from November to February. The average
temperature in March is 30~35°C (86~95°F). For more detailed climate information, please contact the
Meteorological Department, http://www.tmd.go.th
Electricity
The standard supply is 220 volts, 50 Hz. Outlets for 220 volts are available at the hotels.
The three following outlets are compatible with those available in Thailand.
Type A. (used in, among others, North and Central America and Japan)




This class II ungrounded plug with two flat parallel prongs is pretty much standard in most of North and
Central America. At first glance, the Japanese plug and socket seem to be identical to this standard.
However, the Japanese plug has two identical flat prongs, whereas the US plug has one prong which is
slightly larger. Therefore it is no problem to use Japanese plugs in the US, but the opposite does not work
often. Furthermore, Japanese standard wire sizes and the resulting current ratings are different than those
used on the American continent.
Type A and B plugs have two flat prongs with a hole near the tip. These holes aren't there without a
reason. If you were to take apart a type A or B socket and look at the contact wipers that the prongs slide
into, you would find that in some cases they have bumps on them. These bumps fit into the holes so that

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the outlet can grip the plug’s prongs more firmly. This prevents the plug from slipping out of the socket
due to the weight of the plug and cord. It also improves the contact between the plug and the outlet. Some
sockets, however, don't have those bumps but just two spring-action blades that grip the sides of the plug
pin, in which case the holes aren't necessary.
There are also some special outlets which allow you to lock the cord into the socket, by putting rods
through the holes. This way, for example vending machines cannot be unplugged. Moreover, electrical
devices can be "factory-sealed" by the manufacturer using a plastic tie or a small padlock through one or
both of the plug prong holes. For example, a manufacturer might apply a plastic band through the hole and
attach it to a tag that says: "You must do X or Y before plugging in this device". The user cannot plug in the
device without removing the tag, so the user is sure to see the tag.
Type B. (used in, among others, North and Central America and Japan)




This is a class I plug with two flat parallel prongs and a grounding pin (American standard NEMA 5-
15/Canadian standard CS22.2, n°42). It is rated at 15 amps and although this plug is also standard in Japan,
it is less frequently used than in North America. Consequently, most appliances sold in Japan use a class II
ungrounded plug. As is the case with the type A standard, the Japanese type B plugs and sockets are
slightly different from their American counterparts.

An ungrounded version of the North American NEMA 5-15 plug is commonly used in Central America and
parts of South America. It is therefore common for equipment users to simply cut off the grounding pin that
the plug can be mated with a two-pole ungrounded socket.
Type C. (used in all countries of Europe except the United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus and Malta)




This two-wire plug is ungrounded and has two round prongs. It is popularly known as the europlug which is
described in CEE 7/16. This is probably the single most widely used international plug. It will mate with any
socket that accepts 4.0-4.8 mm round contacts on 19 mm centres. The plug is generally limited for use in
class II applications that require 2.5 amps or less. It is, of course, unpolarised. It is commonly used in all
countries of Europe except the United Kingdom and Ireland. It is also used in various parts of the
developing world. Whereas type C plugs are very commonly used, this is not the case for type C sockets.
This kind of socket is the older and ungrounded variant of socket types E, F, J, K and L. Nowadays most
countries demand grounded sockets to be installed in new buildings. Since type C sockets are ungrounded,
they are currently being phased out in many countries and replaced by type E, F, J, K or L (depending on
the country). A type C plug fits perfectly into a type E, F, J, K or L socket.
Emergencies
Police                     191
Fire                       195
Medical Emergencies        1554
Tourist Police             1155
Medical Service
A Medical Service will be available on-site, with immediate transportation and admission to a hospital for
emergencies. You are reminded that it is advised to obtain travel insurance for your mission to Thailand.
Insurance should cover payment for your medical care in the case of hospitalization as well as of
repatriation to your home country if that should become necessary.
Security Measure
Participants are required to wear their identifications/badges at all time in the meeting venue.
Business Hours
Government offices are open from Monday to Friday between the hours of 8.30 and 16.30.

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Most private businesses open at anywhere from 08.30 to 10.00 and close in the evening.
Major departments stores are usually open from 10:30 to 20:00, including Sundays, but smaller shops tend
to be open earlier and close later every day of the week.
Tipping
Tipping is not a traditional Thai custom. A 10% service charge is added to your bill at all tourist hotels and
3-10% at some big restaurants.
Time Zone
Thailand is 7 hours ahead of GMT.
Communications
Among the Fixed Line Operators there are three major firms namely: TOT, TT&T and True, while mobile
operation is mainly done by Hutch, DTAC, AIS, True Move. Although very expensive, there should be no
problem for tourists bringing their mobile phones to Thailand. A local call from a regular phone which will
cost you around 3 baht per minute, the same call on roaming from your mobile will cost you 115 baht a
minute. So it becomes economical to rely on the local communication system in Thailand. The most
preferred alternative is to hire or purchase a - pay as you go phone - . AIS900, the main cellular phone
company in Thailand, also provides rental services through MOBILE FONERENT counters and most large
hotels. The International code for Thailand is - 001+country code etc. - and the International country code
of Thailand is – 66

Computer Networking
Each meeting room will be equipped with wireless access (Wireless LAN, supporting IEEE802.11b, 2.4GHz
band) to the Internet. Those who wish to use the wireless access must be equipped with the necessary
hardware and correctly configured PC.
Laptop Internet connectivity
  Access to the Internet will be available using the LAN technologies listed below:
                  •   Wired: Ethernet RJ45 10/100 Mbps
                          o   in cybercafés of GSR-08
                  •   Wireless IEEE 802.11a/b/g
                          o   in all conference areas.
  To make the most efficient use of network resources, we strongly recommend the following:
                  •   Check to see if your laptop has WiFi capability. If it does not, purchase an
                      802.11a/b/g card and have it configured before you arrive.
                  •   Ensure that your user account has administrative privileges. Should you require help
                      onsite, the Help desk staff will only be able to help you if you have administrative
                      rights on your laptop.
                  •   You are kindly requested to test your WiFi connection well before the Opening
                      Session. The Help Desk staff will be there to help you if you require assistance.
                  •   Refrain from using peer-to-peer connections.
Please note that the installation and use of any other wireless access points without prior
authorization from the ITU/Host organizers is prohibited.

Wireless LAN configuration parameters
Please follow the installation instructions delivered with the card. You may need to log in with
administrator privileges depending on your PC’s operating system and the card purchased.
The following parameters should be set in order to connect to the ITU wireless network:
                  •   Set the case-sensitive SSID as “GSR08”.
                  •   Set WEP encryption to “Off”.
                  •   Set Operation mode to “Infrastructure” (not Ad-Hoc or peer-to-peer). The Ad-Hoc
                      mode creates a lot of confusion not only for you but also for other participants.

Network Connection settings
Enable DHCP so that your laptop will obtain the IP address and other network parameters automatically



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Security
Please be aware that delegate network communication can be intercepted, end-to-end encryption is
recommended for confidentiality.
If you are concerned about computer security, please use personal firewall software. All wireless users
must have a good anti-virus program that has up-to-date virus database. Viruses can easily spread in the
wireless network. You may also need a few spyware detection programs.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
If you wish to sponsor a coffee break, lunch, dinner or cocktail reception, please kindly contact the
Organizing Committee at inter_org@ntc.or.th



Helpful Links and Website

Immigration Bureau                                   http://www.imm.police.go.th

Tourism Authority of Thailand                        http://www.tat.or.th
                                                     or : http://www.tourismthailand .org

Embassy                                              http://www.thaiembassy.org

				
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