WSIS Forum 2021: ICTs foster inclusive, resilient, sustainable societies and economies

By Malcolm Johnson, ITU Deputy Secretary-General The COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated two things like never before: firstly, the importance of digital technologies – where would we have been over the last year without mobile phones, radio and television broadcasting, or the Internet? – and secondly, our ever-deepening global interdependence. Indeed, no one, is safe until everyone is safe. Yet a […]

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How standards boost the benefits of broadcasting

by Malcolm Johnson, ITU Deputy Secretary-General For the last 71 years, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has led global standardization across the broadcasting value chain. Broadcasting and multimedia-related standards, from advanced sound systems to video compression, are as crucial as ever in today’s digital world. As we saw at our last Future of Television for Europe workshop, broadcasting is a driving […]

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Closing the innovation gap – and the digital divide

At the heart of the digital divide is a yawning innovation gap. Many national policies and strategies — even in developed countries — often fail to close it. This has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, putting countries with low digital technological capabilities at an increasingly significant risk of marginalization. The result? Talent is unfulfilled, small- and medium-sized enterprises are struggling, […]

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Celebrating the resilience of radio

by Mario Maniewicz, Director of the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau World Radio Day celebrates the unique power of radio to touch lives and bring people together — even amid crises, disasters, and emergencies. Observed every year on 13 February, it is also a day to raise awareness among the public and the media of broadcast radio’s importance; to encourage decision makers to […]

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Space science for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

by Mario Maniewicz, Director, ITU Radiocommunication Bureau I am delighted to present to you this ITU News Magazine edition,which contains articles and viewpoints on how space science andtechnologies can be harnessed to accelerate the attainment of the 2030Agenda for Sustainable Development. Space assets and technologies can be used to support most, if not all, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals […]

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Celebrating innovation for more inclusive, transparent and accessible communication in Mexico

by Malcolm Johnson, ITU Deputy Secretary-General *This article has been adapted from remarks I made during the presentation of “Conozco Mi Consumo” at an event organised by Mexico’s Federal Telecommunications Institute. It is fitting that today, on the International Day for Universal Access to Information, we celebrate the launch of “Conozco Mi Consumo.” Known in English as “I know my […]

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Call for video demos: Showcasing digital transformation at the first virtual ITU Kaleidoscope conference

By ITU News A virtual conference by design, this year’s ITU Kaleidoscope academic conference will feature a global representation of expert views and demos to highlight why 2020 and beyond will be remembered for “industry-driven digital transformation”. Call for video demos: Broadcast your innovations to a global audience. Submit an extended abstract by 12 October 2020 for your demo to be considered. From […]

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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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