ITU Digital World 2021
Event calendar

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Managing growth, managing spectrum: best practices in spectrum harmonization
Forum session
13:30 - 15:00 (Geneva time) followed by informal networking
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Spectrum harmonization in particular, and spectrum management in general, have a major impact on spectrum availability for next generation networks. Why is it so important both now and in the future to ensure globally harmonized spectrum for satellite, science, broadcasting, mobile, fixed and other radiocommunication services? How can we ensure services have enough spectrum for current and future needs?
Frequency bands for IMT-2020/5G were identified in the course of recent World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRC), yet countries continue to use different bands. How can we ensure countries limit the number of frequencies and spectrum to the minimum essential to provide the necessary service?
Harmonization of IMT frequency usage can only be successful if national authorities are prepared to coordinate, collaborate – and prioritize. What are the challenges of spectrum harmonization? Is spectrum harmonization achievable, and if so, what are the best practices and methods? Is there a role for regional telecommunication organizations, and what initiatives are currently being implemented? What licensing models are in place around the world, and can they be used to promote greater spectrum harmonization?

 

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Moderator

Joanne Wilson

Deputy Director, BR

International Telecommunication Union

Switzerland

Panelists

Ruy Pinto

CTO

SES

Luxembourg

Uwe Baeder

Director, International Relations

Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG

Germany

Osamu Kamimura

Vice President and Head of Spectrum Policy Office

SoftBank Corporation

Japan

Alexander Schwarz

Vice-chair-elect, Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR)

International Maritime Organization

United Kingdom

Loftur Jonasson

Chief/CNSS

International Civil Aviation Organization

Canada

Victor D. Sparrow

Assistant Deputy Associate Administrator for Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN), Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate

National Aeronautics and Space Administration - NASA

United States

Elena Puigrefagut

Senior Project Manager, Technology & Innovation

European Broadcasting Union

Switzerland

Stephen Michael Talbot

Head of International Spectrum Policy

Office of Communications - Ofcom

United Kingdom

Luiz Felippe Zoghbi

Spectrum Policy Manager

GSMA

United Kingdom

Kenneth Holmlund

Head of Space Systems and Utilization

World Meteorological Organization

Switzerland

Nan Li

Deputy Director of Wireless and Terminal Technology Institute

China Mobile Research Institute

China

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Ministerial Roundtable - Cutting the cost: can affordable access accelerate digital transformation?
Forum session
09:00 - 10:30 (Geneva time) followed by informal networking
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Meaningful connectivity - access to and use of relevant internet services - is critical to digital transformation. Ensuring universal access is fast becoming an issue of affordability and capacity rather than infrastructure or technology. According to ITU data, over 90% of the urban population and over 70% of the rural population globally were covered by 4G, satellite or other technologies in 2020 – yet only 51% of the world’s people are using the internet. Barriers to internet adoption include affordability, digital skills, public awareness and the existence of relevant content in local languages. How can governments address the affordability piece of the puzzle? Do manufacturers produce enough affordable devices to allow citizens to connect and use the internet? How can governments work with manufacturers to incentivize cheaper plans or ensure greater availability of low-cost devices? Should governments subsidize access or even provide free connectivity for all? Is there a greater role for more efficient recycling throughout the supply chain? How should governments address the underlying demand-side issues, including the cost of electricity? What innovative policy and regulatory measures or successful public-private models can best reduce the cost of connectivity for end-users?

 

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Opening Remarks

Nguyen Manh Hung

Minister

Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC)

Viet Nam

Keynote speaker

Houlin Zhao

Secretary-General

International Telecommunication Union

Switzerland

Moderator

Malcolm Johnson

Deputy Secretary General

International Telecommunication Union

Switzerland

Speakers

Rashad Nabiyev

Minister

Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

Tan Sri Annuar Musa

Minister

Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia

Malaysia

Ministerial Roundtable - Cutting the cost: can affordable access accelerate digital transformation?
Forum session
15:00 - 16:30 (Geneva time) followed by informal networking
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Meaningful connectivity - access to and use of relevant internet services - is critical to digital transformation. Ensuring universal access is fast becoming an issue of affordability and capacity rather than infrastructure or technology. According to ITU data, over 90% of the urban population and over 70% of the rural population globally were covered by 4G, satellite or other technologies in 2020 – yet only 51% of the world’s people are using the internet. Barriers to internet adoption include affordability, digital skills, public awareness and the existence of relevant content in local languages. How can governments address the affordability piece of the puzzle? Do manufacturers produce enough affordable devices to allow citizens to connect and use the internet? How can governments work with manufacturers to incentivize cheaper plans or ensure greater availability of low-cost devices? Should governments subsidize access or even provide free connectivity for all? Is there a greater role for more efficient recycling throughout the supply chain? How should governments address the underlying demand-side issues, including the cost of electricity? What innovative policy and regulatory measures or successful public-private models can best reduce the cost of connectivity for end-users?

 

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Moderator

Chaesub Lee

Director of ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Bureau

International Telecommunication Union

Switzerland

Speakers

Paola Vega Castillo

Minister

Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones

Costa Rica

Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy

Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy

Nigeria

Adolfo Cuevas Teja

Acting President

Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFT)

Mexico

Gabriela Servilia Jiménez Ramírez

Minister

Ministerio del Poder Popular para Ciencia y Tecnología (MPPCT)

Venezuela

Jean Philbert Nsengimana

Honorary Chairperson

Alliance for Affordable Internet (Web Foundation)

United States

Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Ministerial Roundtable - Boosting infrastructure: rethinking the role of government in digital transformation
Forum session
09:00 - 10:30 (Geneva time) followed by informal networking
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Much of the world already has broadband infrastructure in place to enable digital transformation. But network existence, deployment rates and status vary dramatically within and across countries and regions. And as the number of users and devices, data usage and expectations of speed and quality continue to increase rapidly, existing networks need to be updated or replaced to meet future demand. How can broadband infrastructure deployment best be accelerated and optimized? How do good practices and successful case studies differ between developed and developing countries? If the necessary backbone is already in place, what are the roadblocks to reaching the end-user? What is the role of infrastructure sharing, both within the telecom sector and with utility providers? How can regulators and government work with private sector to incentivize collaboration, create technology-neutral level playing fields and expand markets? How has the ongoing pandemic affected policymakers’ decisions and impacted upon national broadband strategies? What are current best practices in broadband deployment, how can countries learn from each other – and what are the pitfalls to be avoided?

 

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Moderator

Doreen Bogdan-Martin

Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau

International Telecommunication Union

Switzerland

Speakers

Yuji Sasaki

Vice Minister for Policy Coordination International Affairs

Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

Japan

John Giusti

Chief Regulatory Officer

GSMA

United Kingdom

Mustafa Jabbar

Minister

Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology

Bangladesh

Roberto Sanchez

Secretario de Estado de Telecomunicaciones e Infraestructuras Digitales

Secretaría de Estado de Telecomunicaciones e Infraestructuras Digitales

Spain

Battsengel Bolor-Erdene

Chairwoman

Communications and Information Technology Authority (CITA)

Mongolia

Yuhong Huang

Secretary-General, GTI & Deputy General Manager

China Mobile Research Institute

China

Mohammed Saud Al-Tamimi

Governor of Communications & Information Technology Commission

Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC)

Saudi Arabia

Ziyang Xu

Chief Executive Officer

ZTE Corporation

China

Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn

Minister

Ministry of Digital Economy and Society

Thailand

Karma Donnen Wangdi

Minister

Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC)

Bhutan

Ministerial Roundtable - Boosting infrastructure: rethinking the role of government in digital transformation
Forum session
15:00 - 16:30 (Geneva time) followed by informal networking
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Much of the world already has broadband infrastructure in place to enable digital transformation. But network existence, deployment rates and status vary dramatically within and across countries and regions. And as the number of users and devices, data usage and expectations of speed and quality continue to increase rapidly, existing networks need to be updated or replaced to meet future demand. How can broadband infrastructure deployment best be accelerated and optimized? How do good practices and successful case studies differ between developed and developing countries? If the necessary backbone is already in place, what are the roadblocks to reaching the end-user? What is the role of infrastructure sharing, both within the telecom sector and with utility providers? How can regulators and government work with private sector to incentivize collaboration, create technology-neutral level playing fields and expand markets? How has the ongoing pandemic affected policymakers’ decisions and impacted upon national broadband strategies? What are current best practices in broadband deployment, how can countries learn from each other – and what are the pitfalls to be avoided?

 

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Moderator

Mario Maniewicz

Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau

International Telecommunication Union

Switzerland

Speakers

Vianna Maino

Minister

Ministerio de Telecomunicaciones y de la Sociedad de la Información - MINTEL

Ecuador

Ahmad Al Hanandeh

Minister

Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship

Jordan

Hassel Larry Bacchus

Minister of Digital Transformation

Ministry of Digital Transformation (MDT)

Trinidad and Tobago

Minette Libom li likeng

Minister

Ministère des Postes et Télécommunications

Cameroon

Fábio Faria

Minister of Communications

Ministry of Communications

Brazil

Iyad Al Khatib

Minister

Ministry of Communications and Technology

Syrian Arab Republic

Thursday, 14 October 2021

Ministerial Roundtable - Digitalizing daily life: government services and content driving digital transformation

Forum session
09:00 - 10:30 (Geneva time) followed by informal networking
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Digital technologies are transforming every area of our professional and personal lives. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the process, including a huge increase in working from home, government information and healthcare programmes, test and tracing apps and digital vaccination passes. How has the pandemic affected the take up of digital services and content? What is the role of government services in general in driving digital transformation? Who is responsible for ensuring the availability – and awareness – of relevant digital content in local languages to encourage the use of digital services? How can citizens best be equipped with the appropriate digital skills for a truly digital future? Are we in danger of a new level of digital divide within societies, where marginalized groups such as the elderly are unable to access essential healthcare and government services without digital devices and knowhow? How can government, industry and civic organizations work together to mitigate digital inequality and ensure no citizen is left behind?

 

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Moderator

Hedwige Stephen Bereaux jr

Deputy to Director BDT and Chief of Department

International Telecommunication Union

Switzerland

Ministerial Roundtable - Digitalizing daily life: government services and content driving digital transformation

Forum session
15:00 - 16:30 (Geneva time) followed by informal networking
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Digital technologies are transforming every area of our professional and personal lives. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the process, including a huge increase in working from home, government information and healthcare programmes, test and tracing apps and digital vaccination passes. How has the pandemic affected the take up of digital services and content? What is the role of government services in general in driving digital transformation? Who is responsible for ensuring the availability – and awareness – of relevant digital content in local languages to encourage the use of digital services? How can citizens best be equipped with the appropriate digital skills for a truly digital future? Are we in danger of a new level of digital divide within societies, where marginalized groups such as the elderly are unable to access essential healthcare and government services without digital devices and knowhow? How can government, industry and civic organizations work together to mitigate digital inequality and ensure no citizen is left behind?

 

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Moderator

Reinhard Scholl

Deputy Director, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau

International Telecommunication Union

Switzerland

Speakers

Salim M. Al-Ozainah

Chairman and CEO

Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA)

Kuwait

Wilfredo González Vidal

Viceministro Primero

Ministerio de Comunicaciones

Cuba

Kyriakos Pierrakakis

Minister of Digital Governance

Ministry of Digital Governance

Greece

Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Pitching Day 01: Connectivity
SME Award
12:00 - 14:00 (Geneva time)
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Follow live as our SME Awards finalists from around the world pitch online before an expert jury of tech and industry specialists, investors and mentors. SMEs present their short-listed Connectivity solutions for 5 minutes - and then face 5 minutes of questions from the jury.

Wednesday, 27 October 2021

Regulatory Roundtable - Ensuring participatory regulation for an equitable and safe digital future
Forum session
13:30 - 15:00 (Geneva time) followed by informal networking
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The global pandemic has underlined the critical importance of digital technologies in every aspect of our lives and led to a massive uptake of digital services. But the benefits of digital are shadowed by concerns over data usage, consumer privacy, content moderation and the concentration of power in digital platforms. As the pace of innovation and digitalization accelerates, existing legal tools such as competition law, net neutrality and data protection may no longer be enough to protect consumers. Regulators and policymakers have an ever more important role to play in ensuring that consumers are protected while using the digital services which are so beneficial to businesses, societies and individual lives. Strong public support for tighter industry regulation puts additional pressure on companies to change the way they conduct business – and on government and regulatory bodies to enforce change. For regulation to be fair, equitable and supportive of innovation and growth, all stakeholders must engage and collaborate. What are the biggest challenges facing regulators and policy-makers in the pandemic digital era? What is needed today to change the dynamic of regulation? Have the priorities shifted? How is the industry, including digital service providers, responding to user concerns and reacting to more and tighter regulations? Will users really be able to continue benefitting from the innovation in the digital space if there is more regulation? Where does the balance lie in the post-pandemic digital space?

 

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Moderator

Sofie Maddens

Head of the Regulatory and Market Environment Division, BDT

International Telecommunication Union

Switzerland

Speakers

Ekaterine Imedadze

Commissioner

Georgian National Communications Commission

Georgia

Nicolás Silva Cortés

Commissioner of the Communications Session

Comisión de Regulación de Comunicaciones (CRC)

Colombia

Américo Muchanga

Chairman of the Board

Autoridade Reguladora das Comunicações de Moçambique

Mozambique

Danielle Jacobs

Chief Executive Officer

Belgian Association of CIOs and digital technology leaders

Belgium

Amir Algibreen

VP Regulatory Affairs

Saudi Telecom

Saudi Arabia

Mieke De Regt

International Affairs Advisor

BIPT Belgian Institute for Postal service and Telecommunications

Belgium

Christopher Calabrese

Senior Director, Privacy and Data Policy

Microsoft Corporation

United States

Tuesday, 02 November 2021

Pitching Day 02: Education Technology
SME Award
12:00 - 14:00 (Geneva time)
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Follow live as our SME Awards finalists from around the world pitch online before an expert jury of tech and industry specialists, investors and mentors. SMEs present their short-listed EdTech solutions for 5 minutes - and then face 5 minutes of questions from the jury.

Friday, 05 November 2021

Upskilling us all: digital skills for a digital world

Forum session
13:30 - 14:45 (Geneva time) followed by informal networking
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Connecting as many people as possible to the internet and all the benefits of the digital economy means more than providing infrastructure and affordable devices, as critical as these elements are. Access alone is meaningless without the skills, knowledge, and compelling use cases to take full advantage of connectivity. How can we ensure that developed and developing markets alike are equipping their citizens with 21st century digital skills? Who should be responsible for delivering and funding digital skills training – the public, private or civic sector, international organizations, or a combination of all? Who is currently investing in and driving digital skills training around the world, and with what success? What underlying issues may need to be resolved, from infrastructure and equipment to relevant content and services, affordability, literacy, and electricity supply? How can traditional educational systems best incorporate digital skills – and what should the role of digital tech be within basic education? What is the role of Digital Transformation Centres? How do priorities and approaches vary between developed, developing and least developed countries? What solutions, partnerships or programmes already exist to bring people online in a meaningful way, maximize their experience and ensure a roadmap to the digital future?

 

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Moderator

Paul Conneally

Head of Global Communications

Livetiles

Ireland

Panelists

Alfie Hamid

Corporate Affairs Senior Manager for Global Partnerships

Cisco Systems

South Africa

Christopher Patnoe

Head of Accessibility and Disability Inclusion

Google Inc.

United States

Dorothy Gordon

Chair, Information for all Programme

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

France

Ursula Owusu-Ekuful

Minister

Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation

Ghana

Naria K. Santa Lucia

General Manager of Digital Inclusion and US Community Engagement

Microsoft Corporation

United States

Tuesday, 09 November 2021

Pitching Day 03: Smart Cities
SME Award
12:00 - 14:00 (Geneva time)
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Follow live as our SME Awards finalists from around the world pitch online before an expert jury of tech and industry specialists, investors and mentors. SMEs present their short-listed Smart cities, smart living solutions for 5 minutes - and then face 5 minutes of questions from the jury.

Thursday, 11 November 2021

The 10th GTI Spectrum and Technology Workshop
Partner session
13:00 - 15:00 (Geneva time)
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Tuesday, 16 November 2021

Pitching Day 04: EHealth
SME Award
12:00 - 14:00 (Geneva time)
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Follow live as our SME Awards finalists from around the world pitch online before an expert jury of tech and industry specialists, investors and mentors. SMEs present their short-listed e-Health solutions for 5 minutes - and then face 5 minutes of questions from the jury.

Wednesday, 17 November 2021

Human at heart: privacy, transparency and accountability in AI

Forum session
13:30 - 14:45 (Geneva time) followed by informal networking
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The digital technologies surrounding us and informing every aspect of our lives provide us with enormous benefits, convenience and enjoyment. Rapidly evolving digital development opens up tremendous potential to improve lives further – but is accompanied by a growing awareness of potential danger. This includes fear of losing control, privacy concerns, feeling threatened or displaced by increasing automatization, and a mistrust of technology or the use to which it is put by governments and corporates. This balance between great technological promise and human concern is particularly obvious in the expanding field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). What current and upcoming solutions in AI are guaranteeing greater security, privacy, transparency, and accountability for citizens? Can those who monitor citizens also be monitored, and would this help create user trust? Can AI be used to fight corruption and fake news? Are we tackling the bias in AI fast enough? How much are we aware of AI in our daily lives, should we know more, and who should be responsible for educating us? What existing solutions put humans at the center of development, and what can be learnt from them? What will happen if we ignore the human aspects of AI development?

 

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Panelists

Wojciech Samek

Head of Machine Learning Group

Fraunhofer HHI

Germany

Iveta Lohovska

Principal Data Scientist and AI Ambassador

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Austria

Dalith Steiger

Co-Founder & Managing Director

SwissCognitive - The Global AI Hub

Switzerland

Tuesday, 23 November 2021

Pitching Day 05: Digital Finance
SME Award
12:00 - 14:00 (Geneva time)
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Follow live as our SME Awards finalists from around the world pitch online before an expert jury of tech and industry specialists, investors and mentors. SMEs present their short-listed Digital Finance solutions for 5 minutes - and then face 5 minutes of questions from the jury.

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Greening our own house: addressing the environmental footprint of digital technologies

Forum session
13:30 - 15:00 (Geneva time) followed by informal networking
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Sustainability and climate change are among the defining issues of our time. The ICT sector and cutting-edge digital technologies such as AI, IoT and robotics are increasingly important in enabling governments to tackle these challenges and meet major global targets such as the Paris Agreement, the Sustainable Development Goals, and the ITU’s Connect 2030 Agenda. But in parallel, the negative environmental impact of digital technologies continues to grow – including the issue of e-waste. Is the ICT sector doing enough to reduce its own environmental footprint? What is the role of policy makers in shaping carbon-neutral digital markets? How can producers and operators reduce the industry’s carbon footprint and create tools and systems friendly to the environment? What happens to decommissioned equipment? How can we tackle the e-waste challenge and achieve a circular economy? How can governments best support, promote, and implement digital technologies in a sustainable manner? And are global standards key to accelerating digital transformation whilst meeting the ICT sector’s net-zero goals and sustainability targets?

 

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Moderator

Máté Mester

Managing Partner

Mspire

Hungary

Panelists

Mansour AlQurashi

Councillor, General Manager for International Affairs

Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC)

Saudi Arabia

Marie-Noël Bruné Drisse

Technical Officer

World Health Organization

Switzerland

Daisy Zhu

VP of Wireless Marketing

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

China

Serge Abiteboul

Member of the Board

Autorité de Régulation des Communications électroniques et des Postes (ARCEP)

France

Eugenio Androvetto Villalobos

Director, Directorate of Radiation Protection and Environmental Health

Ministerio de Salud

Costa Rica

Pernilla Bergmark

Principal Researcher, ICT Sustainability Impacts

Ericsson

Sweden

Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Securing cyberspace and protecting privacy: meeting the challenges of a digital world

Forum session
13:30 - 14:45 (Geneva time) followed by informal networking
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Adoption of digital technologies and internet use have hugely increased since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Far greater connectivity, with all the benefits of access to information and services it brings, and far higher numbers of connected devices and supporting software, have increased the attack surfaces for cyber criminals. Attackers have become ever more sophisticated, opening up new fronts online for governments, industry and individual consumers. With the shift in the cybersecurity landscape. how can governments, companies and users keep up? Should users become the first line of defense? How can public awareness of the potential dangers of cyber-attack, and defenses against it, be increased? Who is responsible for building awareness - companies, governments, regulators or the end users themselves? Can companies properly handle user data? Are governments securing critical infrastructure sufficiently? Is it in the interest of governments to have cyber-immunity? Should governments be able to access encrypted data to pursue criminals? How have newly developed COVID-19 apps performed in terms of privacy and security over the last year? Should countries cooperate more, and if so how?

 

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Moderator

Ioana Stupariu

Executive Director

ReadyTech Consulting

Romania

Panelists

Rois Ni Thuama

Head of Cyber Governance

Red Sift

United Kingdom

Marco Gercke

Director

Cybercrime Research Institute

Germany

Irene Kaggwa Sewankambo

Ag. Executive Director

Uganda Communications Commission (UCC)

Uganda

Wednesday, 01 December 2021

ITU Digital World 2021 SME Awards Ceremony
SME Award
15:00 - 16:00 (Geneva time)
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Join the finalists of the ITU Digital World 2021 SME Awards, our expert jury and ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao as the Award winners in each category are finally announced!

Past sessions

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Space for change: satellites in the service of digital transformation
Forum session
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Advances in satellite technology, changing business models and growing demand for services are making satellites more relevant than ever. An array of options from non-geostationary orbit satellites (NGSO) to geostationary orbit satellites (GSO) in low, medium or geostationary orbits (LEO, MEO, GEO) are evolving to meet needs for commercial services, as well as specialized applications for earth stations in motion, broadcasting, satellite Internet of Things, and providing cost-effective broadband to rural and remote areas. How is the evolution of satellite technology affecting space orbit allocation – is there space in space? Which satellite constellations have already launched, what challenges have they faced and who are they serving? How can satellite networks coexist, compete with or complement current networks? Are there opportunities for partnerships between satellite technologies, with other industry sectors and with government? What new services will satellites enable beyond connecting the unconnected in underserved areas? What is the vision and unique value proposition of the satellite industry – and how can it be achieved?

 

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Keynote speaker

Mohammed Alotaibi

Deputy Governor for Radio Spectrum

Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC)

Saudi Arabia

Moderator

Alexandre Vallet

Chief, Space Services Department, Radiocommunication Bureau

International Telecommunication Union

Switzerland

Panelists

Yulia Kulikova

Head of Regulatory Affairs

Astrocast SA

Switzerland

Kevin Choi

CTO

KT SAT

Korea (Rep. of)

Sonia Jorge

Executive Director and Director of Digital Inclusion Programs

Alliance for Affordable Internet (Web Foundation)

United States

Arman Biturganov

Head of Division

Ministry of Digital Development, Innovations and Aerospace Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan

David Goldman

Director of Satellite Policy

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX)

United States

Luke Ibbetson

Head of R&D

Vodafone Group Plc.

United Kingdom

Julie Zoller

Head of Global Regulatory Affairs, Project Kuiper

Amazon

United States

Friday, 10 September 2021

Future networks and standardization for “Beyond 5G”

Partner session
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This session will discuss the expectations and challenges of future networks and standardization for “Beyond 5G” from a global and multi-stakeholder perspective.

An expert panel of system vendors and mobile operators will share their perspectives on future network development, standardization, issues and prospects.

What is the current status of 5G in terms of deployment, corporate efforts and global market trends – and how will the industry move from 5G launch toward 6G and beyond?

What new services will future networks provide and how will these services improve people’s lives across the world?

What are the requirements for realizing future networks, including extremely high bit rates, low latency and low power consumption?

What role should standardization play in delivering future networks - and what does the roadmap to the post-5G era look like?

Moderator

Memiko Otsuki

Assistant Director, Global Strategy Division

Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

Japan

Speakers

Masayoshi Shintani

State Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications

Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

Japan

Seizo Onoe

Chief Standardization Strategy Officer of NTT CORP. and Fellow of NTT DOCOMO, INC.

NTT Corporation

Japan

Erik Ekudden

Chief Technology Officer

Ericsson

Sweden

Durga Malladi

SVP & GM, 5G, Mobile Broadband & Infrastructure

Qualcomm, Inc.

United States

Ryosuke Takahashi

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Acompany Co., Ltd.

Japan

Wednesday, 08 September 2021

5G: fuelling digital transformation today - or tomorrow?
Forum session
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5G promises a paradigm shift in network potential: massive connectivity, capacity, low latency, and enormous value add in both industrial and consumer applications. First launched in 2018, 5G networks are becoming available commercially in more and more countries, but its use is still in its infancy. Where has 5G been successfully deployed, what are the main use cases to date and how many people currently have 5G-enabled devices? What difference is it making to user experience and users’ lives? Has the global pandemic, with its massive economic impact and renewed interest in EMF dangers, delayed or even accelerated 5G deployment? Is the future of 5G in industrial applications and extreme automation more than in the consumer market? Who is investing in the networks – and what is the role of government? What partnerships are developing across sectors, technologies and market players to make 5G a reality? Is the leap from 3G to 5G economically viable, in particular in low and middle-income countries? How can the ecosystem develop to enable widespread access to 5G in developed and developing economies – and how much of a priority is affordability anyway?

 

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Moderator

Diana Tomimura

Spectrum Regulation and Policy Advisor

International Telecommunication Union

Switzerland

Panelists

John Omo

Secretary General

African Telecommunications Union

Kenya

Jemin Chung

Task Force Leader, Institue of Convergence Technology

KT Corporation

Korea (Rep. of)

Sanjay Kaul

President, Asia Pacific & Japan

Cisco Systems

Singapore

Seizo Onoe

Chief Standardization Strategy Officer of NTT CORP. and Fellow of NTT DOCOMO, INC.

NTT Corporation

Japan

Ayeong Im

Head of Sales and Marketing Group of Southeast Asia

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Korea (Rep. of)

Andreas Mueller

Chief Expert Communication Technologies for the IoT

Robert Bosch GmbH

Germany

Jessica Rosenworcel

Acting Chairwoman

Federal Communications Commission

United States

Rodney Croft

Chair

ICNIRP

Australia

St Liew

Vice President

Qualcomm Technologies

Singapore

Wednesday, 01 September 2021

Wired, wireless, worldwide: what’s next for networks?
Forum session
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More and more people are connecting to the internet every day, looking increasingly for high quality services, rich content, speed, and reliability.  Many organizations and most countries are working on connecting everyone by 2030, further pushing the demand for fast and dependable networks. How will network operators cope with this demand? How are they enabling new technologies to function and improve user experience online? Is network deployment still viable? How should network operators balance falling consumer prices against the need to invest heavily in upgrading networks? What sort of wired connectivity or backhaul will future wireless networks require – and could this be key to universal access? How can network operators apply automation and machine learning to improve network functionality, cost efficiency and security?  Wired, wireless, fronthaul, backhaul, 5G, HetNet: what will the next generation of networks look like?

 

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Keynote speakers

Houlin Zhao

Secretary-General

International Telecommunication Union

Switzerland

Phan Tam

Deputy Minister

Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC)

Viet Nam

Moderator

Vaishali Rastogi

Global Head, Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

Singapore

Panelists

Neha Satak

Chief Executive Officer

Astrome

India

Mikael Rylander

Nokia

Finland

Miro Salem

Global Head of AI and Autonomous Networks

Rakuten Mobile, Inc.

United States

Aarti Holla-Maini

Secretary General

EMEA Satellite Operators Association (ESOA/GSC)

Belgium

Jocelyn Karakula

CTIO

Orange Middle East and Africa

Morocco

Konstantinos Masselos

President

Hellenic Telecommunications & Post Commission (EETT)

Greece

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

Quality customer service & innovation
SME Masterclasses
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The premier global organization known for excellence in customer service is the Disney Company. Dr Jim Poisant has created and run well-received seminars on the Disney Approach to Quality Service and the Disney Approach to People Management, analysing how the company has achieved this excellence. Drawing on this experience, and on his current role as Secretary General of the World Information Technology & Services Alliance, Dr Poisant explores the key role of innovation and excellent customer service in building success - and presents eight different ways to innovate.

Speaker

James H. Poisant

Secretary General

World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA)

United States

Wednesday, 30 June 2021

Partnering for Good in eHealth
SME Masterclasses
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Global tech leader HPE outlines its approach to co-innovation and cooperation with promising startups and scale-ups around the world, focusing on its Business Innovation Strategy in Switzerland and its Swiss Startup Program. HPE partners with NGOs, companies and startups across the industry spectrum, including financial services, smart cities, Industry 4.0 and smart retail. This session presents HPE’s work in e-health and healthtech through two leading programmes: the Dengue Fever Project and the Solar Aid Project. It will explore how to achieve outcomes and create value based on concrete use cases, the key role of partnership, and how to succeed by being better together. HPE will also highlight how startups benefit from applying for the “Partnering for Good” part of the Swiss Startup Program

 

Speakers

Iveta Lohovska

Principal Data Scientist and AI Ambassador

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Austria

Anthony Palmieri

Chief Business Innovation Officer

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Austria

Thursday, 10 June 2021

How to design for disability inclusion
SME Masterclasses
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Companies which embrace inclusive designed products and services with diverse users in mind reach a more significant number of the intended audience - and outperform their peers. Globally, more than one billion people, or 15% of the world population, experience some forms of disability, representing a significant portion of untapped resources due to design exclusion. This training session explores why businesses should invest in accessibility and the potential return on having an inclusive design in mind, as well as providing practical advice on how and where to start the journey of inclusive design.

Speakers

Laurie Henneborn

Research Managing Director

Accenture

United States

Dafydd Henke-Reed

Senior Accessibility and Usability Consu

AbilityNet

United Kingdom

Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Fundraising for tech startup founders
SME Masterclasses
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One of the main challenges encountered by tech startup founders is the lack of funding - whether at the ideation stage to develop a minimum viable product, or at the point when they are ready to scale and grow abroad. This 90-minute training session explores the various sources of funding founders can try to tap into, including grants, loans, business angels, venture capital, crowdfunding and more. Participants will receive practical advice on how to prepare and apply for different sources of funding and the mistakes to avoid, alongside concrete examples of good practice.

Speakers

Martin Labbé

Senior officer, Trade Support Institution Development

International Trade Centre

Switzerland

Adramé Ndione

Founder

VERTIS CAPITAL

Senegal