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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ITU Secretary-General: How regulation can deliver on the promise of the digital economy

By Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General The following was adapted from ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao’s opening remarks at the Global Symposium for Regulators 2018 in Geneva on 10 July 2018. The first “Global ICT Regulatory Outlook” released last year by ITU showed that expectations of regulation in the field of information and communication technology (ICT) have grown. Not surprisingly, the pace of regulation in […]

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Health For All: using ICTs to reach the last mile

By ITU News ‘Health For All’–the theme for World Health Day this year—highlights the urgent need to reach underserved communities. Much progress has been achieved in global health. For example, between 1990 and 2015, the number of children who died before age five decreased by more than half due to the expanded delivery of lifesaving interventions like bednets and vaccines. […]

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Connected vehicles at the cross-roads: what is needed for success?

By ITU News At the Geneva International Motor Show yesterday, next to the exhibition halls showing off car manufacturers’ latest creations, industry experts and UN representatives gathered to discuss how they will fast-forward the automotive industry — and the world — into the future. The Symposium on the Future Networked Car (FNC-2018), convened by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the […]

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How can telcos transform themselves in 2018?

By ITU News Telecommunications companies (telcos) face enormous opportunities and challenges in a greatly disrupted industry. In order to seize the opportunities, reverse downward revenue trends, and connect more customers to more new services worldwide, telcos must evolve much more rapidly. In some cases, they must transform their business models, overhaul operational procedures and redo their human resources training and recruitment policies. This was the consensus among a group of industry […]

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What is ‘cloud-native IoT’ and why does it matter?

By Omar Elloumi and Mahdi Ben Alaya The value proposition of cloud computing is about opening access to sophisticated computing and storage capabilities to a massive number of users. Cloud users gain access to computing and storage capabilities as a service; one that provides cost-optimization, fault-tolerance, horizontal scalability, geo-optimization and low latency. Edge computing also provides many of these features. […]

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Convergence matters for the Internet of Things: How can standards contribute?

By Omar Elloumi I have been working on IoT for over a decade. While I have always thought that IoT is here to stay and set to impact our lives dramatically, the IoT community is still grappling with the key question of how to connect the dots between different IoT standards and open-source technologies. The Alliance for the Internet of […]

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World Maritime Day: 6 ways ICTs can help to connect ships, ports and people

By ITU News World Maritime Day 2017 is being celebrated on September 28th with the theme of “Connecting Ships, Ports and People.” ITU makes a tangible contribution to the development of maritime communication systems, which connect all players of the maritime ecosystem, by providing frequency spectrum for such systems, by developing standards for maritime communications and through a number of key […]

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Cisco’s IoT pivot highlights tech industry’s digital transformation

By Carolyn Mathas: Cisco is in the midst of a digital transformation toward becoming a more software-focused company. One need only look at its recent acquisitions to see the pivot toward the Internet of Things (IoT) and the cloud that many other mature tech companies are also making as the industry adapts to rapidly changing service provider and enterprise needs. […]

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