Will Facebook’s OpenCellular boost remote Internet access?

By Carolyn Mathas- Facebook’s recently introduced OpenCellular project hopes to deliver wireless Internet access to the 10 per cent of the world’s population that lives in the most remote places – outside the range of existing cellular networks, and with no access to the Internet. OpenCellular is linked to a flurry of recent Facebook projects to connect the 4 billion still unconnected. These […]

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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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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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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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Microsoft’s LinkedIn deal highlights key ICT trends

Carolyn Mathas Microsoft’s deal to purchase LinkedIn at a 50% premium to its share price is one of the largest tech acquisitions in decades. It will be important to watch how the USD26.2 billion deal is implemented, because the move spotlights two trends with big implications for the enterprise cloud market – and, in turn, for the broader information and […]

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What will the rise of open source mean for standardization and 5G?

Open-source software makes its source code free for all to use, alter and share, giving a community of developers the freedom to extend software’s functionality and applicability. Industry players developing proprietary software were among the first to feel the disruption from open-source developments, but with the emergence of network ‘softwarization’ – demonstrated by the growing availability of general-purpose ‘white-box’ hardware – the […]

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Crowdsourcing the Future #ITUstrategy

By Mario R. Canazza ITU becomes the first UN agency to launch a public consultation to source inputs and priorities for its future strategy. Mario R. Canazza Chairs the Working Group that will oversee this process and explains how it will work and what it hopes to achieve. As Chairman of the ITU Council Working Group for the Elaboration of […]

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Interoperability essential for delivering connected healthcare

By Clint McClellan Continua Health Alliance has established industry standards for end-to-end plug-and-play interoperability for personal connected health devices and systems. Together with ITU, we will promote these standards as the open, global, common interoperability standards for the personal connected health industry. The prevention and management of chronic conditions – such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity and heart failure – is a […]

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