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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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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New York’s new plans to become a blockchain innovation hub

By Jack Aldane, Cities Today New York City is hatching a plan to become the world’s capital for innovation in blockchain technologies. The city’s ambition to lead education and investment in distributed ledger technology was announced at the start of the annual Consensus conference, hosted by CoinDesk, a media platform that specialises in digital currencies. James Patchett, President and CEO of the non-profit New York […]

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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 will the rise of open source mean for standardization and 5G?

Open-source software makes its source code free for all to use, alter and share, giving a community of developers the freedom to extend software’s functionality and applicability. Industry players developing proprietary software were among the first to feel the disruption from open-source developments, but with the emergence of network ‘softwarization’ – demonstrated by the growing availability of general-purpose ‘white-box’ hardware – the […]

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