ITU World Telecom 2009


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ITU TELECOM WORLD 2009 at a Glance

ITU TELECOM WORLD is the leading industry event for the global information and communications technology (ICT) industry. The event includes a vibrant show floor, exhibition, over 20 National Pavilions from across the globe, and a number of Thematic Pavilions representing different aspects of the ICT sector. It also includes a topical forum, TELECOM Village, and numerous business networking opportunities.


ITU TELECOM WORLD 2009 takes place from 5 - 9 October at Geneva Palexpo, Geneva, Switzerland

Expected Attendance

Around 40,000 total participants are expected to attend from 150 countries

Top-Level Industry VIPs Expected
  • Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman and group CEO, Bharti Enterprises

  • Jianzhou Wang, Chairman and CEO, China Mobile

  • John T. Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco Systems

  • Bill Morrow, CEO, Clearwire

  • Carl-Henric Svanberg, CEO, Ericsson

  • Chiaki Ito, Vice Chairman, Fujitsu

  • Eugene Kaspersky, CEO, Kaspersky Lab

  • Satoshi Miura, President & CEO NTT

  • Ryuji Yamada, CEO, NTT DoCoMo

  • Saud bin Majed Al-Daweesh, President, Saudi Telecom Company

  • Julio Linares López, Chief Operating Officer, Telefonica

  • Dato'Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa, CEO, Telekom Malaysia Berhad

  • Paul Reynolds, CEO, Telecom NZ

  • Jon F. Baksaas, President & CEO, Telenor

  • Jay Chaudry, Founder & CEO, Zscaler

  • Joao Augusto Schwarz da Silva, Director, DG Information Society, European Commission

  • Francis Gurry, Director-General, World Intellectual Property Organization

ITU TELECOM WORLD 09 will draw participants from all sectors of the ICT industry Participants attend from a varied array of companies
participants Companies
Source of breakdown: ITU TELECOM WORLD 2006 Source of breakdown: ITU TELECOM WORLD 2006
  • 400 media are expected to attend, representing 300 media organizations from 50 countries

  • Over 450 exhibitors from over 50 countries will present their technologies and solutions

  • Around 500 VIPs will attend from some 150 countries, including heads of state, ministers, CEOs and business leaders, legislators and industry gurus.

  • There will be over 35 National and Thematic Pavilions, highlighting the truly global nature of the event. Thematic Pavilions will highlight ICT developments linked to themes including e-Health, Empowering people with Disabilities, Internet Society, Green@ICT, and Transport & Access Standards. National Pavilions highlight comparative business advantages and global investment opportunities, while Thematic Pavilions focus on key trends and advancements.

  • ITU TELECOM WORLD is a vendor-neutral and not-for-profit event that connects the full spectrum of the telecommunications industry. Other events attract mostly segmented or regional audiences. ITU TELECOM WORLD has become the one occasion that the world of telecommunications converges under one roof.

  • Expected attendance of 1,800 participants from 90 countries

  • The ITU TELECOM WORLD Forum provides debate and best practice to a worldwide audience. Under the broad theme ICT for Economic Recovery and Sustainable Development, participants will span a broad cross-section of the industry, from heads of government, ministers or regulators to key company CEOs, CTOs and other top players. Key industry bodies and organizations will be represented, and expert views from the world of academia and R&D environment will also be highlighted.

Open Hours for Visitors
Exhibition & TELECOM Village Forum
  • Monday 5 October 12.00-18.00

  • Tuesday 6, Wednesday 7 & Thursday 8 October 10.00-18.00

  • Friday 9 October 10.00-16.00

  • Monday 5 October - Thursday 8 October (inclusive) 09.00-18.00

  • Friday 9 October 09.00-13.00

  • Trade visitors & ITU-accredited media only - not open to the general public

Top Names

Industry support for ITU TELECOM WORLD comes from a diverse range of companies and includes top names from the world's major ICT companies including China Mobile, China Unicom, Cisco, Fujitsu, Huawei, NTT & NTT DoCoMo, Samsung, Saudi Telecom Company, TDIA and ZTE, among others

Theme: Open Networks - Connected Minds

This year's theme highlights the importance of ITU TELECOM WORLD 2009 in development of the telecommunications and ICT industries. Linking the concepts open and connected conveys the diversity of approaches to innovation, problem solving, collaboration and co-operation across all stakeholders. These notions of openness and connection also convey common purpose, as well as the ability and willingness of stakeholders to listen, share, experiment and learn from the broader community. This shared vision is not just a reference to ITU's role as the pre-eminent forum for the development of global technical standards; it highlights new ICT-facilitated modes of dialogue that help bring peoples of the world together.

National Pavilions

National Pavilions from across the globe will highlight the truly global nature of the event.

Themed Pavilions

Thematic Pavilions will highlight ICT developments, trends and advancements relating to areas such as e-Health (in partnership with the World Health Organization), Empowering people with Disabilities through ICTs (in partnership with UNESCO), Internet Society, Green@ICT (in partnership with the World Meteorological Organization) and Transport and Access: A Standards Showcase.

For a full list of all Pavilions, please click here.

Visitor Profile

Reflecting the global scope of ITU TELECOM WORLD 2009, participants will gather from every region and virtually every country. 10% of the visitors expected to attend WORLD 2009 will be from the Americas, 16% from Middle East and Asia, over 70% from Europe, and 4% from Africa.

Youth Forum

The ITU TELECOM WORLD Youth Forum showcases the world's brightest ICT-focused youth, many of whom are destined to become tomorrow's global ICT leaders. Youth Delegates are university-level applicants from 18 to 23 years of age, selected on the basis of on competitive written submissions in which they are asked to present their original perspectives on the role of ICTs in a range of social, political and economic sciences. Created in 2001 by ITU, the Youth Forum has built an outstanding reputation for its knowledge sharing excellence, and has been a regular activity at ITU TELECOM events ever since. For full details on the WORLD 2009 Youth Forum programme, click here.