World Maritime Day: 6 ways ICTs can help to connect ships, ports and people

By ITU News World Maritime Day 2017 is being celebrated on September 28th with the theme of “Connecting Ships, Ports and People.” ITU makes a tangible contribution to the development of maritime communication systems, which connect all players of the maritime ecosystem, by providing frequency spectrum for such systems, by developing standards for maritime communications and through a number of key […]

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How will SDN/NFV impact telcos? Top 5 trends to watch.

By Tony Pallone The shift to SDN/NFV is set to transform the telecommunications industry, allowing telcos to rapidly adjust to dynamic markets needs in a lower-cost and scalable way. Software-defined networking (SDN) is a computer networking approach that establishes centralized, programmable control points to orchestrate network services. The complementary approach of network functions virtualization (NFV) focuses on the network services […]

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Amazon’s AWS looks to extend its reach to connected devices and IoT

Original by Telecom TV: Amazon has taken steps last week to shore up its cloud business in the face of growing competition, whilst also expanding into supporting the emerging IoT ecosystem. Not that Amazon Web Services (AWS) is in danger of losing its crown anytime soon; at last week’s re:Invent developer event in the US it announced that the company […]

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How can cloud computing help with sustainable development? Microsoft’s Astrid Tuminez explains at #ITUWorld (VIDEO)

What can information and communication technology (ICT) companies do to help the world get closer to realizing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? “The SDGs are aspirational, but give us a guide on what we as companies can do with our resources,” said Astrid S. Tuminez, Microsoft’s Regional Director of Corporate, External & Legal Affairs for South East Asia, […]

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Google and Facebook invest in trans-Pacific infrastructure

By Lucy Spencer: Google and Facebook have teamed up to build the largest-capacity trans-Pacific undersea internet cable to date, between Los Angeles to Hong Kong. The 12,800 km Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN) will have an estimated cable capacity of 120 Tbps once completed in 2018 – double the speed of FASTER, which is also backed by Google. Google said […]

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Cisco’s IoT pivot highlights tech industry’s digital transformation

By Carolyn Mathas: Cisco is in the midst of a digital transformation toward becoming a more software-focused company. One need only look at its recent acquisitions to see the pivot toward the Internet of Things (IoT) and the cloud that many other mature tech companies are also making as the industry adapts to rapidly changing service provider and enterprise needs. […]

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Europe and Japan collaborate on Smart Cities with cloud-based ‘CPaaS.io’

Original by Cities Today: The European Union and Japan have launched a two-and-a-half-year programme that aims to provide cities with a cloud-based platform to link government data with the Internet of Things. Called CPaaS.io (City Platform-as-a-Service–integrated and open), the platform will link technologies like the Internet of Things, big data, and cloud with open government data and linked open data, in […]

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Can Orange and AT&T accelerate open-source and standards for NFV/SDN?

By ITU News- Network function virtualization (NFV) and software defined networking (SDN) are seen as crucial to the future of the telecoms industry, with carriers keen to grasp new opportunities to innovate and increase the dynamism of their networks. Last month, Orange and AT&T announced that they would collaborate on NFV/SDN open-source initiatives and standardization efforts, aiming to make the […]

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Open Innovation and Open Education Promote Women in ICTs

Ayesha Dawood- There is global recognition that our digital world must address the needs of all people – but the digital gender gap remains a fundamental challenge. To promote women’s equal participation in the creation and use of innovative technologies and digital media, we need to ensure that they have the necessary access, knowledge and support to ensure new technologies […]

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Etisalat’s first NFV telco cloud – a ‘shift in mindsets’

Original by Telecom TV Last week, UAE-based telco Etisalat activated its first live Network Function Virtualization (NFV) telco cloud in Abu Dhabi. The NFV deployment has been built with Quanta servers, Arista switches and Canonical Ubuntu OpenStack, which Etisalat says is the first time such a multi­vendor combination has been integrated for production anywhere in the world. The deployment is […]

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