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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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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Why we need a ‘whole-of-government’ approach to digital investments

By Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau; and Kate Wilson, CEO of the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) *The below text is the Foreword of the newly launched SDG Digital Investment Framework paper. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), set to be achieved by 2030, are not currently on track. Progress can be accelerated, however, through the […]

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OPNFV moves network functions virtualization closer to ‘cloud native’

By Guy Daniels The sixth platform release from the open source OPNFV project Features more mature cloud native integration and improved testing OPNFV Fraser designed to create an ecosystem bridge to cloud providers Orange and China Mobile have used OPNFV continuous integration (CI) pipeline and testing projects The Open Platform for Network Functions Virtualization (OPNFV) Project has announced the availability […]

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Kuala Lumpur to build ‘City Brain’ with Alibaba Cloud

By Barbara Szewcow and Jonathan Andrews Kuala Lumpur has become the first non-Chinese city to implement Chinese internet giant Alibaba’s cloud computing infrastructure to improve its data and traffic management. The City Brain project is a collaboration between Alibaba, the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and the Kuala Lumpur City Hall. It will integrate and analyse big and heterogeneous data generated by video and image recognition, data […]

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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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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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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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