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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Advancing ICT Accessibility at the World Summit on the Information Society Forum

By ITU News Persons with disabilities represent 15% of the world’s population, estimates the World Health Organization. This amounts to nearly one billion people who are more likely to experience barriers to education, poorer health outcomes, lower levels of employment, and higher poverty rates. Assistive technologies have proven to be life-changing for persons with disabilities. But how can we ensure […]

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Advancing innovation in India’s ICT industry – and beyond: Malcolm Johnson

By Malcolm Johnson, ITU Deputy Secretary-General The following was adapted from remarks delivered by ITU Deputy Secretary-General Malcolm Johnson in New Delhi, India at the recent CMAI ICT World Communication Summit on the theme “Innovation in ICT Technologies, Broadband, Smart Cities and manufacturing for Sustainable Development Goals” on 11 March 2019. We are living in a time of extraordinary advances […]

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International Women’s Day: Building ICT infrastructure for gender equality

By Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General For International Women’s Day (IWD) I reaffirm my commitment to ensuring that the information and communication technologies (ICTs) of today are accessible to all, and offer benefits to all, regardless of gender. It is well accepted that gender equality is a fundamental human right and key to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) worldwide. […]

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Navigating crowded spectrum: ITU Journal invites research on advances in radiowave propagation

By ITU News “The ITU Journal is named ‘ICT Discoveries’ in recognition of the groundbreaking discoveries in information and communication technology (ICT) that have formed the basis for the work of ITU,” says ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao. One of the best known of these discoveries proved radio waves’ feasibility as a communication medium. Radiowave propagation enables mobile-wireless, fixed and satellite […]

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How ITU and NGMN are promoting a ‘level playing field’ for 5G intellectual property licensing

By ITU News IMT-2020 (5G) systems will incorporate a wealth of highly innovative technologies. These technologies will be applied in a wide variety of industry sectors. Considering the great diversity of expected 5G applications, how could intellectual property (IP) licensing practices encourage widespread 5G deployment as well as ensure fair reward to the creators of patented technology? This question was […]

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8 recommendations to spur innovations, ICT-centric economic growth and job creation

By Emanuele Giovannetti, Professor of Economics at Anglia Ruskin University, an ITU Academic Member Innovations are the engine of competition and lie at the heart of industry growth and transformation. However, modeling and understanding how technical innovations emerge and succeed has been challenging, given the many actors, phases and activities that underlie successful innovations. To support innovations, governments and businesses looking to […]

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How high-speed Internet in Azerbaijan opens doors to innovation: Bakhtiyar Mammadov

By ITU News Azerbaijan recently secured two elected positions at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) during the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2018 (PP-18) in Dubai. Azerbaijan was elected to serve on the ITU Council for the upcoming four-year term, and Sahiba Hasanova — Vice-Chairperson of Study Group 4 (Satellite Services) at ITU’s Radiocommunication Bureau — was elected to represent her government and […]

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Four ways entrepreneurs can promote innovation in emerging markets

By ITU News Tech innovation and social entrepreneurship can improve billions of lives. This was the raison d’être of the 2018 Seedstars Summit, which connected innovators with investors and mentors to help them develop and scale up their new tech solutions in emerging markets. An online platform to sell quality-assured medicines in Nigeria. A toolkit and software application to teach […]

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How tech innovation is changing the Tour de France

By ITU News The 2018 Tour de France isn’t just a display of athletic prowess and endurance; it’s also a platform for showcasing some of the latest innovations in Big Data, the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine learning. ITU recently caught up with Peter Gray, Senior Director – Technology at Dimension Data Sports Practice, an IT services firm, about […]

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