Here’s how ICTs bring stability to an uncertain world

By Malcolm Johnson, ITU Deputy Secretary-General *The following article has been adapted from my opening remarks at the GovInsider Live Festival of Innovation. We all yearn for stability in our lives. Even if it’s for the best, no one really likes the uncertainty change entails. For most of us, stability would mean going back to pre-COVID times when we could […]

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‘LiFi’ provider Oledcomm shares experience of ITU standards process

By ITU News Oledcomm started out as an R&D lab at Versailles University in 2005. That lab has grown into a company with global ambitions, developing high-security ‘LiFi’ solutions with infrared. The company’s ‘LiFiMAX’ solution builds on ITU G.9991, the ITU standard for high-speed indoor wireless communications with visible light and infrared. LiFi provides network connectivity within a premises, similar to WiFi, […]

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Why Fraunhofer HHI develops and trials ‘LiFi’ systems based on ITU standards

By Volker Jungnickel, Head of Metro-, Access- and Inhouse Systems at Fraunhofer HHI The LiFi market is growing with the help of the ITU G.9991, the first standard for Gigabit indoor wireless connectivity using visible and infrared light. The long-term research of Fraunhofer HHI made a key contribution in helping the wireless community to reach the exciting point we see today […]

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Why Signify builds ‘LiFi’ products to ITU standards

By ITU News ITU’s standard for indoor Visible Light Communication (VLC), also known as ‘LiFi’ – ITU G.9991 – is the world’s first standard for high-speed wireless communications with visible light and infrared. LiFi provides network connectivity within a premises, similar to WiFi, but using light rather than radio signals. When Philips Lighting introduced Signify as its new company name in 2018, […]

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ITU standards project G.fin to provide fibre connectivity in the home

By ITU News New ICT experiences are entering our homes with innovations such as smart TVs, smart speakers, HD video communications and Virtual Reality. The ITU G.fin project aims to optimize these experiences by introducing a novel fibre network to provide connectivity from the residential gateway to the wireless access points in the home. The performance of the access network […]

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New features of ITU home networking standards under development for Smart Grid, Industrial and IoT

By ITU News ‘Smart’ systems make smarter use of data to operate more autonomously and increase efficiency. The evolution of the ITU G.hn family of home networking standards will provide in-premises networks with the reliability, capacity and controlled-latency capabilities necessary to the remote management and control of smart systems. G.hn technology provides a highly flexible transmission engine capable over coax, […]

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The telecoms industry landscape is changing. What remains for traditional operators?

By Tomas Lamanauskas, Managing Partner, Envision Associates Gone are the days when national telecoms markets were primarily defined by former monopoly incumbent telcos together with a handful of mobile operators (MNOs). New types of players have been emerging for a while, leveraging opportunities provided by market liberalization, competitive regulatory frameworks and the relaxation of licensing regimes. Internet service providers (ISPs), […]

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Ham radio and emergency comms: Filling the USGS ‘donut hole’

By Adam Davidson, W9AS *This article is republished with permission of the author and the Amateur Radio Safety Foundation, Inc. On July 2nd, shortly before midnight local time in Hawaii, a dozen amateur radio operators did something nobody had ever done before—something that shows the best in amateur radio and could herald a transformation in the role “hams” (another name […]

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How cloud computing has supported the COVID-19 response

By ITU News The global COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to reinvent how we work, learn, help, engage and socialize. Cloud computing has played a crucial role in enabling businesses and governments to quickly apply solutions to respond to the crisis and maintain continuity. Cloud computing, often referred to as ‘the Cloud’, is defined by ITU as a paradigm for […]

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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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