Meeting the policy-makers and decision-takers building our tech future

Digital World Blog

When the Government of Indonesia decided to showcase their experience fostering the development of different digital economy business models, they headed to Busan, Republic of Korea, where ITU, the United Nations specialized agency for information and communications technologies (ICTs) was organizing ITU Telecom World, a global tech event held annually at different locations around the world, connecting heads of government, …

Bridging the Digital Divide: Regulatory Best Practices and Interorganizational Collaboration to Connect the World

Ruth Pritchard Kelly Blog

By Ruth Pritchard-Kelly, Vice President of Regulatory at OneWeb The digital divide and the immediate need for internet provision from space Almost half of the global population still does not have access to the internet (ITU figures 2018). This “digital divide” is not only an issue in developing countries. Unconnected populations exist in every country, and regulators must find ways …

Strong European telcos for EU tech leadership

Lise Fuhr Blog

Europe is in the midst of change. As a new European Parliament and European Commission start working on a new wave of tech policies, the EU is trying to find its space in an increasingly competitive digital world. Telecom companies are part of this quest for a fresh, renewed leadership in the digital space. With 5G, they can be part …

Is the Race for Connected Devices Fair and Transparent?

Isabella De Michelis Blog

Within the last ten years, our world has witnessed an explosion in the Internet of Things (IoT) and connected devices — from smartphones to smart homes, autonomous vehicles and smart cities. Millions of us now own at least one virtual assistants, in our pocket or our home. But the big question is who is actually listening when we talk to …

Midlife Crisis is Hard: What’s Next for Telcos?

Tomas Lamanauskas, Founder and Managing Partner, Envision Associates Ltd Blog

Despite the rush of excitement with all the virtual ribbon-cutting for 5G services, being a telecoms operator these days is not a joyful affair – especially when compared to the glory times of 20 years ago. Accelerating cycles of investment in ever new Gs, coupled with the thirst of many governments for money from spectrum auctions to fill holes in …

Cybersecurity: the importance – and the challenges – of cybersecurity

Jason Harle Blog

There is no doubt that the near-instant ability to access or process data is completely changing the way we work, consume, organise and socialise. More and more of the global population are becoming connected to the internet, giving them access to goods, services and information on demand. Whilst the growth of connected users has been rapid, corresponding efforts to understand …

The gendering of AI – and why it matters

Tim Unwin Blog

Digital technologies are all too often seen as being neutral and value free, and with a power of their own to transform the world.  However, even a brief reflection indicates that this taken-for-granted assumption is fundamentally flawed.  Technologies are created by people, who have very specific interests, and they construct or craft them for particular purposes, more often than not …

South Africa startup shows power of ITU Telecom World Awards

Digital World Blog

How does a South African startup providing Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for smart homes, factories and cities find funding, scale up its business and establish itself internationally? How does a team of young tech entrepreneurs make good on their dream of solving issues such as water and energy efficiency, security and connectivity, to improve life not just in South …

Step into success with the ITU Telecom World Awards 2019

Digital World Blog

From a world-first in-ear sound tracking solution letting you enjoy music safely, to a citizens’ engagement platform in Southern Africa, an app helping healthcare teams monitor sick children and innovative solutions in education, agriculture, virtual reality and automotive repair – technological ingenuity and business acumen address real-world social issues at the ITU Telecom World Awards. Open to all exhibiting or …

Innovating together: connectivity that matters at ITU Telecom World 2019

Digital World Blog

ITU Telecom World events are focused on the power of meaningful technology to improve lives everywhere, making life better, sooner – by working together across sectors, regions and international boundaries. Technology, and innovation in technology, has always driven human development. With the advent of the digital age, the pace of innovation and the technological change it brings is advancing at …