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Forum for Digital Professionals
FITCE.be is the forum for digital professionals to exchange views and acquire insight in new developments and challenges related to technical, regulatory, societal and economical aspects of ICT & Media technologies and services.
FITCE.be is open to:
- Professionals with university (or equivalent) education from the ICT & Media sector
Companies, associations, institutions
- Operators & Service Providers
- Industry, organisations and professional associations in the ICT & Media domains
- Government Bodies (telecom regulator and administrations)
- Universities and other institutions of higher education
FITCE.be activitiesSeminars – networking - exchange of views & debate on ICT, Internet & Media topics:
- ICT technologies, network evolution, next generation mobile, …
- Related application fields such as climate change & energy efficiency, …
- Related domains such as innovation, economics and business cases, legal privacy, …
Co-operation with Academia:
- “Young ICT Personality” contest organized every 2 years
- Academia contributions in FITCE.be seminars and events
- FITCE.be co-operation with “IEEE Student Branches” at Leuven and Ghent
- Annual international congress
- Cooperation with the EU institutions
FITCE.euFITCE.eu is the European platform for networking and exchange of knowledge between ICT & Media professionals:
- supports the work of National Association members originating from 11 European countries.
- stimulates exchange of views and debate on new ideas that favour the development of telecommunications and the Internet.
- gathers and distributes information, a.o. consultations from EU institutions and organisations via FITCE members to ICT professionals
from BITT/UPITT (1927) to FITCE Belgium (1999)
("Beroepsvereniging Ingenieurs Telegrafie en Telefonie" in Dutch - "Union des Ingénieurs de Télégraphie et Téléphonie" in French, or "Professional Association of Telegraph & Telephone Engineers" ) was the original Belgian Association of Telecom Engineers, representing Belgium in FITCE.This association, was founded in 1927, and was originally an exclusive association of civil (university) engineers working in the RTT (Régie des Télégraphes et des Téléphones, national PTT), with the main purpose to defend the specific interests of its members.
In 1961, members of BITT-UPITT, together with colleagues from France founded FITCE (Fédération des Ingénieurs des Télécommunications de la Communauté Européenne).
For a long time, membership was exclusively restricted to engineers who belonged to the traditional telcos. Over the last decade, colleagues from the industry (individual and corporate members) have also been allowed membership. The number of members varied between 100-150.
Since a few years, due to a reorganisation of the telecom operator RTT (change from a classical state-owned PTT to a company with a new name BELGACOM) and drastic changes in the top and middle management, the association became less attractive especially to young engineers. Also, the exclusive engineering focus is no longer compatible with modern management requirements.
With the end of the Belgacom monopoly, the number of operators, suppliers, service providers, regulators…, on the market grew. The diversification of services and the privatisation of operators are driving dramatic changes.
So, the 9th of November 1999, a new association "FITCE Belgium" replacing BITT-UPITT was founded.
The objective of "FITCE-Belgium" is to bring together members from different backgrounds. Engineers as well as other telecom experts are welcome, in accordance with the FITCE-statutes. By expert is meant every person working in the telecom domain and not just engineers but also marketing, communication, legal, economical and financial specialists, with a university degree or equivalent. In this new association, members should include colleagues from all licensed operators, suppliers, service providers, telecom experts in large companies, regulatory bodies and Universities/Technical Institutions.
We are sure that this fundamental change in our association will mean a fresh new start, with a much larger target group of interested members. The Belgian partner will again become one of the important, enthusiastic and active associations in FITCE.
Ir. José VAN OOTEGHEM
Chairman of FITCE-Belgium
Member of the FITCE-Board