How Alesund became Norway’s first city to adopt smart city KPIs

By Eva Vinje Aurdal, Mayor of Ålesund The city of Ålesund lies on the West Coast of Norway between high mountains and the famous fjords. Home to approximately 67,000 people, the city of Ålesund is a merge between five former municipalities. The merge was by far the largest in the municipality reform initiated by the Norwegian government, and the five […]

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How UAE is boosting its digital transformation in the face of COVID-19

By H.E Hamad Al Mansoori, Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the United Arab Emirates The last few months have been difficult for everyone across the globe. Never had anyone imagined that such a calamity would fall upon them. No one was prepared to face the challenge and its impact, especially in the financial area. We often wonder […]

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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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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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Why ‘Smart Parking’ and urban innovation are needed now

By Jack Aldane, Cities Today The International Parking Institute‘s latest emerging trends survey report suggests the role of the urban parking professional is being transformed into one of a mobility specialist, as curb management grows more complex thanks to the proliferation of new transit options and a growing desire by citizens to live in more sustainable urban environments. Despite the increasing number of alternatives […]

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Smart Cities: Nokia joins ‘Bristol Is Open’ initiative

Nokia has joined the Bristol Is Open initiative, becoming the first major telecoms company to participate in Bristol’s living laboratory. Bristol Is Open (BIO) encompasses the entire city, effectively transforming it into a test bed to explore how integrated technology solutions can benefit citizens, from helping solve problems such as traffic congestion, air pollution and assisted living for the elderly to trials […]

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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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Open systems are key to Smart Cities: report

original by Telecom TV IoT specialist Machina Research has teamed up with Philips to produce a white paper entitled ‘The Smart City is Open: the role of open systems as a key enabler of the smart city’.The paper is a timely reminder of the huge challenges the smart city concept presents. The central observation is that smart cities are unlikely […]

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