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Spectrum Managing growth, managing spectrum: best practices in spectrum harmonization Why is global spectrum harmonization so important? What are the challenges - and what cooperation initiatives are meeting our growing need for spectrum?

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Wednesday 22 September, 13:30-15:00 (Geneva time)
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ITU Digital World 2021 is now taking place virtually from September to December 2021.

Join us online for a series of high-level Forum debates and Ministerial Roundtables on digital transformation, the SME Programme and virtual exhibition elements.  World-class content, whatever the format.

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Expert, international perspectives
Government and industry leaders
Technology, policy & strategy trends
Universal connectivity
ICTs for development

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How to take part

World class forum


Expert speakers, industry and government leaders, world-class debate. Exploring the new realities of digital transformation.
Sponsorship opportunities


Your brand, message and thought-leadership. At the heart of the international ICT community.

SME Programme


Connect with speakers, peers and participants in our informal online networking sessions.
Global visibility


A global virtual exhibition platform for the tech industry, featuring National Pavilions and business booths.

ITU Digital World 2021 SME Programme and Awards

Opening the door to opportunity for innovative tech SMEs with real social impact. A programme of free, expert-led online SME masterclasses. UN credibility, visibility, partnership and networking in our SME Awards.

SME Programme
SME Awards

2021 Speakers

Mohammed Alotaibi

Deputy Governor for Radio Spectrum
Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC)
Saudi Arabia

Arman Biturganov

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

Julie Zoller

Head of Global Regulatory Affairs, Project Kuiper
United States

Sonia Jorge

Executive Director and Director of Digital Inclusion Programs
Alliance for Affordable Internet (Web Foundation)
United States

David Goldman

Director of Satellite Policy
Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX)
United States

What they said

Jessica Rosenworcel
Better data, more focus on mid-band spectrum and more funding are the ticket to making sure that 5G new technologies and broadband reach everyone, everywhere.
Acting Chairwoman, Federal Communications Commission, United States
Jessica Rosenworcel
Aarti Holla-Maini Evolution in technology and work on standards will make it much easier to integrate satellite into the network of networks. The legacy divisions between mobile, fixed and satellite are dissolving Secretary General, EMEA Satellite Operators Association
Aarti Holla-Maini
Andreas Mueller 5G is a highly flexible and constantly evolving innovation platform that integrates many different technology building blocks – wireless connectivity with very high performance, edge computing, integrated positioning, time sensitive networking and many more – and may become the digital backbone of digital transformation.

Chief Expert, Communication Technologies for the IoT, Robert Bosch GmbH
Andreas Mueller
Andreas Mueller The only thing that matters is the real business case. It is very easy to define a use case with 5G, but you need to find a positive return on investment in a reasonable time span – and it takes time to identify this sweet spot. Chief Expert, Communication Technologies for the IoT, Robert Bosch GmbH
Andreas Mueller
Jocelyn Karakula AI will be key: we cannot manage on a legacy mode such complex and enhanced modern networks CTIO, Orange Middle East and Africa
Jocelyn Karakula
Mikael Rylander, Technology Leadership Officer, Nokia
Fixed wireless access will play a key role in bridging the digital divide.
Technology Leadership Officer, Nokia
Mikael Rylander
Mohammed Alotaibi The satellite sector is well placed to drive truly global digital transformation, but this ‘gift to society’ must be managed in a sustainable manner. Deputy Governor for Radio Spectrum, Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), Saudi Arabia
Mohammed Alotaibi
Konstantinos Masselos, President, Hellenic Telecommunications & Post Commission
Next generation networks require dense and heavy fibre deployment. This can be offset by careful resource sharing and planning, together with lowering the cost of core network operations as they become a software defined commodity
President, Hellenic Telecommunications & Post Commission
Konstantinos Masselos
Phan Tam, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications, Viet Nam
New technologies and digital solutions are providing more and more choices and alternatives for affordable connectivity particularly in under-served and unconnected areas.
Deputy Minister of Information and Communications, Viet Nam
Phan Tam
Vaishali Rastogi If this pandemic had happened in 2000, only 0.2% of the workforce would have been able to work remotely. Less than 1% would have had real broadband connectivity. Networks have been the critical glue enabling us to work from home and drive education. Global Head, Technology, Media and Telecommunications at Boston Consulting Group
Vaishali Rastogi

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