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“We have to keep up with today’s trends. That means you need to be cutting-edge,” said Clarisse Frigoul, presenter for MAXI L’Air Radio in France, speaking about the changing face of radio ahead of World Radio Day 2017. (Watch our video about the future of radio.)

Meanwhile, here are your key ICT trends and insights this week: Ford's new artificial intelligence investment highlights rapid auto-ICT convergence; blockchain security gets a boost for businesses; and would you attend a VR wedding?

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ICT Trends

Artificial Intelligence: Ford's USD1 billion investment in Argo AI shows where the auto industry is headed. The company faces stiff competition. Meanwhile, AI is being used to address some of humanity's greatest challenges - from health to climate change. [This is a topic we will cover more ahead of the AI for Good Summit in June.]

Blockchain: The South African Reserve Bank is reportedly open to the idea of issuing a national digital currency based on Blockchain. Meanwhile, the Philippines' central bank will regulate virtual currencies, following Japan’s announcement last year. Additionally, Accenture has developed software to help secure blockchains for businesses. [Read our recent post on how digital fiat currency can drive trusted financial inclusion and how eCurrency aims to boost ITU's work in the area.]

 

Cloud: Snap Inc. has signed a USD 1 billion deal to use Amazon Web Services over the next 5 years in addition to its USD 2 billion of Google cloud services. Meanwhile, the Republic of Korea says it will host the world's first all-cloud Olympic Games next year. And Three UK and Nokia will deploy a fully integrated cloud-native core network - another world first?

Pakistan's growth: China Mobile will extend its 4G coverage to rural areas this year as part of a USD200 million investment in Pakistan, one of Asia’s fastest-growing internet markets.

Smart nations: Data science, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity have been named as key components to Singapore’s future economy in a new report. Britain released a similar digital transformation strategy last week.


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Insights

By transforming their networks and operations with the newest technologies, mobile operators could double their cash-flow conversion within five years, says a new McKinsey study.

What is behind Grab’s success? Cheryl Goh, Vice President of Marketing at Grab, shares some stories of the Southeast Asian ride-hailing startup through the eyes of its employees.

ITU is to thank for bringing you Super Bowl LI? Dhananga Pathirana explains.

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