How Saudi Arabia is opening access to ultra-fast broadband connections

Saudi Arabia has set an ambitious target: to connect 3.5 million households to ultra-fast Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) broadband networks by the end of 2020. To enhance service offerings and increase customer take-up of fibre networks, the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) championed an Open Access Initiative to allow all retail operators to offer their FTTH broadband services in every household […]

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Authentication solution for people with disabilities wins 1st prize at Kaleidoscope 2019

By ITU News Phillip H. Griffin from the U.S. has claimed 1st prize at Kaleidoscope 2019 for a proposal to extend the password-based ‘shared secret’ model of authentication with other authentication factors, such as biometrics. The proposal aims to support universal access to digital health services, recognizing that disabilities can sometimes form a barrier to the use of passwords. All […]

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The next big leap: How quantum physics will shape technology

By ITU News At one minute to midnight on 31 December 1999, the world held its breath as we entered the new millennium. The Y2K bug – a computer flaw that was the result of a widely used computer programming shortcut – was expected to cause widespread chaos to computer systems around the world; industries and national infrastructures such as […]

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How the ‘MyEyes’ app makes key destinations in Portugal navigable for the visually impaired

By ITU News Every year, hundreds of thousands of people visit the Shrine of Fatima, roughly 125 km north of Lisbon, Portugal. But, the popular pilgrim site was inaccessible to blind or visually impaired visitors – so they decided to put up braille information signs at points of interest for blind people to enjoy the site. But this presented a […]

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Tech for public health: Kameleon’s Community Tablet (VIDEO)

By ITU News Dayn Amade is the founder of Kameleon, a company from Mozambique empowering rural communities with digital learning platforms through TABLET Comunitário, or Community Tablet. In an interview with ITU this week at the ITU Telecom World event in Budapest, Mr Amade cites the reality of an increasingly digitized world and how the internet has become the first […]

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Leaving no one behind: Niger’s Smart Villages Project

By Hani Eskandar, ICT Applications Coordinator for ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau It is by no means strange that the most ambitious and innovative initiatives come from those who need them most. Take Niger, for example. The landlocked country is 70 per cent desert and more than 80 per cent of its population live in rural areas. The country’s economy is largely based […]

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Connectivity from the stratosphere

By Sophie Thomas, Zephyr Programme Manager, Airbus Zephyr has made stratospheric flight a reality On 11 July 2018, a Zephyr S aircraft took off on its maiden flight in Arizona. It flew for 25 days, 23 hours and 57 minutes, marking the longest flight duration ever achieved without re-fuelling. The Zephyr aircraft has also flown in excess of 74 000 […]

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The price of LiDAR is falling. Will driverless cars be on the road sooner?

By Lucy Spencer, ITU News Once just the imagination of science fiction writers, fully autonomous vehicles are rapidly being tested around the world – but they face big hurdles before they become commercially viable for the general public. One of these hurdles is the price of LiDAR  (Light Imaging Detection and Ranging) systems. As opposed to the radar and camera […]

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How the Young ICT Leaders’ Forum can foster digital transformation

By Mohamed Ba, Head of the Innovation Division for ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau In the past few years, the Young ICT Leaders’ Forum (YILF), an annual event co-organized by ITU and the city of Busan, Republic of Korea, has attracted a diverse talented pool of young people. The 6th edition of the Young ICT Leader’s forum will take place in Busan in the Republic of Korea from 3 to […]

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ITU Journal on radiowave propagation extends submission deadline

By ITU News 24 June 2019 is the new deadline for submissions to the special issue of the ITU Journal on radiowave propagation. Radiowave propagation enables mobile-wireless, fixed and satellite communication, radio and television broadcasting, satellite navigation, connected cars, global positioning systems, the monitoring of our environment, emergency communications, and even deep-space research. Radio has become essential to business and […]

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