2016 Forum programme



Monday, November 14, 2016
Networking
Monday, November 14, 2016, 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM, Royal Jubilee Ballroom

The official event launch, opening ITU Telecom World 2016 before an audience of event participants and special guests, including Heads of State and Ministers, Heads of UN Agencies, regulators, C-level industry representatives, Forum speakers and accredited media. Please note that guests must be seated by 9:00.

 

Open to all Pass holders





Panel Session
Monday, November 14, 2016, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM, Jupiter 10

Radiocommunications play a key role in the provision of affordable last mile solutions to bridging the digital divide. Most rural and remote regions of the world depend entirely on wireless communications (whether mobile, satellite or broadcast), in particular where climate, topography, population and lack of infrastructure do not allow for reliable alternatives. With the development of innovative radiocommunications technologies alternative solutions are emerging, such as High Throughput Satellites, Non-GSO Constellations, HAPS, TVWS and LTE-U. In this context, and with the continued increase in demand for always-on global connectivity and the arrival of new market players, the broadband access industry is set to expand and evolve with innovation on the ground and in the sky. This session will address key questions in this context:

  • - How will these trends impact the cost of providing broadband connectivity?
  • - What type of applications will benefit greatly from the changes experienced in the industry?
  • - How can recent developments be used to improve connectivity in rural areas?
  • - What role should governments andinternational organizations play to expand the benefits of these new systems? How do these solutions compete with or complement each other?

 

Open to Leader Pass, Forum Plus Pass, and Forum Pass holders





Sponsored Session
Monday, November 14, 2016, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM, Jupiter 8-9

Recent focus has been on the huge efforts invested in the technological aspects of initiatives such as GiGA speed access (including 5G, G.hn, and G.fast) led by industry and government around the world. But highlighting the business perspectives needed to drive and sustain industry success is equally, if not more, important. In this session KT will present some of the key activities in its preparations for 5G trial services in the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics and for commercializing GiGA broadband access services. KT has developed a clear, substantial and concrete plan for GiGAtopia, which is being deployed and developed in stages and aimsto bring the industry one step closer to realizing the audacious vision of the GiGA speed era. To enable its implementation, KT willshare its strategy across a range of areas including collaboration between industries, market and related technologies leading to ashift in the future telecommunication market, and all the way to the evolution of vertical industries.

 

Open to Leader Pass, Forum Plus Pass, and Forum Pass holders





Networking
Monday, November 14, 2016, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Jupiter 4-5-6

Launching four days of expert debate at ITU Telecom World 2016, the Forum Opening addresses the central theme of growing the digital economy from the unique and powerful perspectives of heads of state, government and international organizations worldwide. The differing experiences and priorities of public, private and non-governmental sectors at the very highest level demonstrate the individual challenges of different geographical, social, economic and industrial contexts. Fostering and developing the digitaleconomy remains, however, central to policies, regulatory approaches, strategies and business models across all sectorsand markets.How do government or corporate initiatives focus on accelerating growth? What is the role of SMEs, of innovation, and of cross-sectorcollaboration? What are the fundamental challenges and opportunities in the global digital ecosystem?

Open to all pass holders





Networking
Monday, November 14, 2016, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM, Private Lunch Space

The exclusive Leaders Lunch is an opportunity for Leader Pass holders to connect with fellow delegates and high-level industry representatives in an engaging social environment following the activities of the first morning of the event.

 

Open to Leader Pass holders only




Press Conference
Monday, November 14, 2016, 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM, Jupiter 11

The Press Conference will bring together influential global and Thai media, from within the ICT industry, as well as major news agencies. It will highlight what to expect during the week, outline the core themes to be debated and illustrate further how ITU Telecom World is providing the global platform for governments, corporates and SMEs working to accelerate ICT innovation for social andeconomic development. The Conference will feature an influential line-up of speakers representing different aspects of ITU Telecom World events, including ITU Secretary- General, top-level representatives from the Host Country, the Kingdom of Thailand and a cutting edge tech SME.

Open to Media Pass, Leaders Pass, Forum Plus pass, and Forum pass holders





Leadership Summit
Monday, November 14, 2016, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM, Jupiter 4-5-6

Rapid technological developments, societal changes and radical new business models are enriching and enlarging the ICT ecosystem. Never before has connectivity offered so much potential for economic growth and social development in the digital economy. And never before have the challenges of extending that connectivity to all been so pressing – raising issues such as universal access, meaningful local content, security, fair and open competition, fit-for-purpose regulation, joined-up policy, quality of service and scaling ICT startups and smaller businesses to maximum impact. In a digital ecosystem made up of ever more stakeholders, from governments driving policy and regulation to established, major ICT companies, disruptive new OTT players and innovative SMEs, those challenges can only be met by working together. This opening session of the Leadership Summit will explore why new markets call for new partnerships, new approaches and new ways of thinking. Why is it so important to work together and hear each other out? How much can we do alone, and what happens if we don’t collaborate at all?

 

Open to Leader Pass and Forum Plus Pass holders

 





Panel Session
Monday, November 14, 2016, 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM, Jupiter 10

As we approach the era of ultra-high speed networks, what are the major considerations? Expectations for 5G are sky-high – including Gigabit access, a fully hyperconnected environment, autonomous cars, and seamless surfing and interoperability between different networks, to name a few. Can operators and telecom engineers really deliver on these expectations, and what compromises may have to be made in backhaul and access networks as we enter the Gigabit era?  And with ITU’s G.fast gather momentum and Ovum predicting 30 million ITU G.fast subscribers by 2025, what role can ITU G.fast play in facilitating Gigabit access?

This Session will examine the new series of standards emerging from the latest ITU study group work on ultra-high speed transport networks, including Optical Transport Network (OTN), NG-PON2, High-speed transmission over coaxial networks in buildings (HiNoC). Participants should leave with a comprehensive view of the outlook for the Gigabit Era which will be realized by Ultra-High Speed networks.

Open to Leader Pass, Forum Plus Pass, and Forum Pass holders





Sponsored Session
Monday, November 14, 2016, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Jupiter 8-9

With the construction of a globally robust TD-LTE ecosystem and the explosive growth of TD-LTE commercial scale, spectrum scarcity is obviously increasing. In terms of 5G requirements, TDD technology has clear advantages in the evolution from 4G to 5G. In order to promote a wider development space for TD-LTE, it is necessary and urgent for us to discuss global spectrum harmonization and innovative spectrum utilization. Jointly hosted by ITU, GTI, China Mobile and TDIA, the TDD Spectrum Workshop will bring together delegates from governments, regulators, organizations, operators and industry partners to explore in detail TD-LTE global status and new business opportunities, TDD spectrum planning and allocation at the global level, and future spectrumstrategies towards 5G.

4G Towards 5G -TDD Spectrum Workshop Agenda

Open to Leader Pass, Forum Plus Pass, and Forum Pass holders





Leadership Summit
Monday, November 14, 2016, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM, Jupiter 4-5-6

This second session of the Leadership Summit looks at the reality of working together in and across the ICT ecosystem, presenting successful experiences, case studies and best practices on collaboration between stakeholders from both public and private sectors, from telecom providers to vendors, governments to small businesses and investors to end users. What are the business models, the policies, regulatory approaches and partnerships we need to move forward? What can we learn from differing international perspectives cutting across both emerging and developed markets? How can we adopt or adapt best practices to our own reality? What are the challenges to be faced and the pitfalls to be avoided? How can the benefits of collaboration be balanced against competition, commercial interests and current cultures?

 

Open to Leader Pass and Forum Plus Pass holders





Panel Session
Monday, November 14, 2016, 4:45 PM - 6:00 PM, Jupiter 10

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the global community in September 2015, set a new international development agenda for the period 2015-2030 in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet. ICTs have tremendous potential to improve development outcomes in both emerging and developed markets, from measuring progress and success in meeting the SDGs to enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of development initiatives, as well as providing access to a whole new range of digitally-enabled products and services which strengthen local economies, innovation and communities. How can the ICT sector contribute to accelerating the achievement of the SDGs by providing ICT-enabled solutions and building feasible business models? What regulatory and policy frameworks are needed and how can standardization maximize the impact of the new technology that will enable us to reach the SDGs? Is the SDG agenda relevant for the ICT industry? What roles should the ICT industry, and its corporate social responsibility (CSR) departments in particular, play in working towards the SDGs? Can the SDG framework provide an opportunity to accelerate transformative ICT-enabled solutions in new fields such as big data or IoT?

 

This session will be held in collaboration with the 2016 ITU Kaleidoscope Academic Conference.

 

Open to Leader Pass, Forum Plus Pass, Forum Pass and Kaleidoscope Pass holders





Networking
Monday, November 14, 2016, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Royal Jubilee Ballroom

An opportunity to network in a relaxed social environment at the end of the first day of the event.

 

by invitation only


Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Plenary Session
Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM, Jupiter 6-7

As 5G technology evolves and develops to meet the growing demands of societies and economies, the potential for new opportunities appears endless. The session will benefit from the presence of several key stakeholders in the development of 5G to address the following questions:

- What feasible technical solutions are emerging right now to deliver on the promise of future networks?
- What is the role of standardization in implementing 5G solutions at scale and speed?
- Where are the key opportunities and associated risks, and can we predict timeframes for return on investment?
- Who are the main players in a busy field?
-Will organizations and vendors find the fast track to success by working together in partnerships and joint ventures?
- Is competition in danger of killing off collaboration and sound investments?
- Will 5G happen through collaboration or competition?
- Will 5G be the proper scenario for the convergence of fixed broadcast and mobile?

 

Open to Leader Pass, Forum Plus Pass, and Forum Pass holders





Networking
Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM, Jupiter Foyer

Join wireless communications specialist Rohde & Schwarz for high-level networking in a relaxed and social environment in a refreshment break between Forum sessions.

Open to Leader Pass, Forum Plus Pass, and Forum Pass holders




Panel Session
Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM, Jupiter 10

Globalization and rapid technological development have rendered traditional regulatory approaches all but obsolete in an increasingly complex new reality. A new, pragmatic regulatory approach may focus on removing roadblocks to innovation, encouraging stability and investment, ensuring consumer protection and quality of service - and emphasizing market outcomes rather than specific technologies or infrastructure. Above all, in a world of 5G, SDN and IoT driving transformative smart solutions, next generation regulation calls for unprecedented levels of collaboration between all stakeholders and new players from vertical industries. In this fast-changing environment, what would be the ideal operator-regulator relationship? How can regulators and different industry players work together to achieve better, faster results and deliver on the promise of smart services and solutions? How can collaboration between the ICT industry and other sectors accelerate the digital economy, and what is the role of regulators? Can regulation facilitate innovation and socio-economic development whilst ensuring open, fair competition and consumer security?

 

Open to Leader Pass, Forum Plus Pass, and Forum Pass holders





Industry Leaders Roundtable
Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM, Jupiter 4-5

The ICT sector has been facing a slowdown in the last 18 months. As the smartphone market approaches apparent saturation, can we expect a return to the two digits growth experienced in the last decade? What new services, segments, solutions and devices will be driving the revenue in the sector 5 years from now? What are the new openings and markets in areas such as M2M and IoT applications, accessibility services and vertical sectors such as transport, finance and health? Where should investments go? What are the current economic trends in the ICT industry and how do they highlight new growth potential? Will there be stronger collaboration or will industry players default to a winner-takes-all approach? What are the benefits of working together both within the telco sector and with web players, disruptive market entrants, customers and the open source community, to stimulate and sustain growth in the industry?

 

Open to Leader Pass, Forum Plus Pass, and Forum Pass holders





Networking
Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM, Private Lunch Space

The panel lunch discussion is kindly hosted by the Smart Africa Alliance. It will provide an excellent platform for the Honourable Ministers in charge of ICT, private sector members and intergovernmental organization members of the Smart Africa Alliance to discuss Smart Africa flagship projects, partnerships and investment opportunities leading to the realization of SmartAfrica's vision of creating a single digital market for Africa.

Open to Leader Pass, Forum Plus Pass, Forum Pass, and Media Pass holders





Ministerial Roundtable
Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 2:30 PM - 4:45 PM, Jupiter 4-5

Bringing together ministers from around the world, the Ministerial Roundtable offers a unique opportunity to share national experiences and best practices in advancing the digital economy. It offers a global platform to highlight opportunities for partnership and investment in local markets, as well as key challenges to development which could be met by collaboration within the international community. How can collaboration at regional and international levels be implemented and developed? What role could be played by multinational or global organizations such as ASEAN, the European Union or even ITU itself?

Read here the Bangkok Ministerial Roundtable Highlights Document

 

 

Chair

Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong, Deputy PrimeMinister and Acting Minister of Digital Economy and Society, Government of the Kingdom of Thailand, Thailand

OpeningRemark

Mr Houlin Zhao, Secretary General, International Telecommunication Union, Switzerland

 

Roundtable A, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

 

H.E. Mr Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas (MP), Prime Minister and Minister responsible for ICT and Telecommunications, Prime Minister's Office, Vanuatu

H.E. Mrs Allyson Maynard Gibson, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Ministry of Legal Affairs and Attorney General, Bahamas

H.E.Mrs Begum Tarana Halim, State Minister, Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology, Bangladesh

H.E. Mr Sergei Popkov, Minister, Ministry of Communications and Informatization, Belarus

H.E. Mr Tram Iv Tek, Minister, Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications of Cambodia (MPTC), Cambodia

S.E. M. Bruno Nabagné Koné, Ministre de l'Économie Numérique et de la Poste, Porte-parole du Gouvernement, Ministère de l'Economie Numérique et de la Poste, Cote d'Ivoire

H.E. Dr István Mikola, Minister of State for Security and International Cooperation, Ministry ofForeign Affairs & Trade, Hungary

H.E. Mr Mahmoud Vaezi, Minister, Ministry of Information & Communication Technology (MICT), Iran

H.E. Mr Shigeki Suzuki, Vice Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan

H.E. Mr Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu, Minister, Federal Ministry ofCommunications, Nigeria

H.E.Mr Afamasaga Lepuia’i Rico Tupa’i, Minister, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Western Samoa

Mr Philipp Metzger, Directeur Général, Office fédéral de la communication (OFCOM), Switzerland

 

 

Roundtable B, 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM

 

H.E. Mr Elmir Tofig oglu Velizadeh, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Communications and High Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Azerbaijan

H.E. Mr Karma Wangchuk Penjor, Secretary, Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC), Bhutan

H.E. Dr Debretsion Gebremichael Measho, Minister, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Ethiopia

H.E. Mr Alain Claude Bilie-Bi-Nze, Ministre d'État, Ministre de l'Economie numérique, de la Communication, de la Culture et des Arts, Ministère de l'Economie numérique, de la Communication, de la Culture et des Arts, Porte-Parole du Gouvernement, Gabon

H.E. Mr Moustapha Mamy Diaby, Minister, Ministère des Postes, des Télécommunications et de l’Economie Numérique, Guinea

H.E. Mr André Neypatraiky Rakotomamonjy, Ministre, Ministère des Postes, des Télécommunications et du Développement Numérique, Madagascar

H.E. Dr Mohd Salleh Tun Said Keruak, Minister, Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, Malaysia

H.E. Mr Ahmed Adeem, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Home Affairs, Maldives

H.E. Dr Saoud Humaid Al-Shoaili, Director General, Directorate of Communications & Postal Services, Ministry of Transport & Communications, Oman

H.E. Mr Rodolfo A. Salalima, Secretary, Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Philippines

H.E. Mr Jean Philbert Nsengimana, Minister, Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT), Rwanda

H.E. Monise Laafai, Minister, Ministry of Communications, Transport and Tourism, Tuvalu

H.E. Dr Win Mlambo, Deputy Minister of ICT, Postal and Courier Services, Ministry of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services, Zimbabwe

 





Panel Session
Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM, Jupiter 8-9

Intelligent transport systems and self-driving vehicles are fast moving towards widespread commercialization, with higher levels of automation on the road expected by 2020. While automotive digital technology has been focused on optimizing the internal functions of cars or on the use of sensor technologies for the monitoring and identification of objects near vehicles, recent attention is shifting towards developing communication technologies that integrate cars with smart devices via the Internet. The increasingly important role played by software in vehicles is also driving structural adjustments in the traditional automotive industry, bringing significant disruption from new players such as communication technology companies and App developers. As demand for connected cars grows, questions have arisen concerning safety and security, especially focused on driver distraction, the fallibility of the system in self-driving cars, and trusting information from connected cars.

This session will examine the current status and possible future scenarios of vehicle communications, and discuss the emerging issues involved in automated driving from the perspectives of different stakeholder groups: car manufacturers and suppliers, technology companies, OS/App developers, and governments, focused on core opportunities and challenges/obstacles of connectivity, security, safety, liability, publicpolicy and consumer acceptance. 

Open to Leader Pass, Forum Plus Pass, and Forum Pass holders





Panel Session
Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM, Jupiter 10

Long touted as the next big thing, with visions of super-intelligent machines providing services and performing tasks that rival or outstrip human capabilities, the reality of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has not yet matched up to those dramatic expectations. Recent developments in machine learning, combined with the availability of enormous amounts of data, computing power and storage capacity, are producing extremely powerful super computers which can recognize patterns and use algorithms to solve complex problems with no, or very limited, human intervention. We are witnessing an AI revolution, with the next generation of machines possessingnear-perfect computer vision, object recognition and speech and language capabilities. Decision-making will draw on big data to be “smarter” than what is possible for human beings restricted by their physical and physiological limitations. From objects around us communicating with each other to learn from patterns in the environment to failsafe driverless cars, the possibilities for improving how we live our lives seem endless. What are the key opportunities and challenges ahead? In a world where anything thatcan be automated, will be automated, how will existing labour, economic and social systems be profoundly affected? Will AI be the domain of big business alone, or will it be effective on a smaller scale? How do governments, industries and individuals stand to benefit? What are the emerging policy and regulatory challenges?

 

Open to Leader Pass, Forum Plus Pass, and Forum Pass holders





Networking
Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM, Jupiter Foyer

Join wireless communications specialist Rohde & Schwarz for high-level networking in a relaxed and social environment in a refreshment break between Forum sessions.

Open to Leader Pass, Forum Plus Pass, and Forum Pass holders




Panel Session
Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 4:45 PM - 6:00 PM, Jupiter 10

This session debates the importance of a technology neutral approach and also assesses the importance of policy, legal, and regulatory frameworks. The panelists will be composed of government and private sector backgrounds. They will go beyond emphasizing their individual important roles in expanding access, but will also highlight the need to work together in helping establish an Information and Knowledge Society.





Sponsored Session
Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 4:45 PM - 6:00 PM, Jupiter 8-9

The highlight of Nigeria Day at ITU Telecom World 2016, this session will showcase Nigeria’s ICT industry, highlighting its many opportunities. With a voice penetration standing at over 106%, over 135 million active subscribers and a growing population of mobile device users, Nigeria’s ICT industry offers tremendous potential for investors. The Federal Government of Nigeria recognises that the innovative solutions that Nigerians provide on the backbone of ICT infrastructure will see the evolution of ‘smart communities’, in turn accelerating socio-economic development.

Against this fast-moving backdrop, Nigeria wants to leverage the global platform provided by events such as ITU Telecom World 2016 to engage potential investors & partners, share the story of Nigeria’s ICT growth to date and outline the range of opportunities and channels it offers for investment in broadband infrastructure. This sponsored session will also highlight the thriving innovations and entrepreneurship of Nigerians, outlining how they are using ICTs creatively to positively impact the socio-economic matrix of Nigeria.

Open to Leader Pass, Forum Plus Pass, and Forum Pass holders





Asia Pacific Regional Exchange
Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 4:45 PM - 6:00 PM, Jupiter 6-7

Asia Pacific markets are no longer isolated units, but are part of an integrated whole within the global telecommunications sector. Common challenges include decelerating economic expansion, stimulating sustainable growth in the most populous region of the world, rapid urbanization and a rising middle class, inequality, ageing populations and natural disasters. What is the role of the ICT industry in boosting inclusive economic growth and strengthening productivity? How can we accelerate broadband infrastructure construction to drive inclusion and achieve Connect 2020 targets? What are the key difficulties to broadband development in the region - and what regulatory incentives or policies could best attract private sector investment?

  How do we achieve accessible and affordable broadband to maximize its utilization across all industry sectors?  What are the experiences, best practices, risks and opportunities identified by industry CEOs in the region? And can sharing perspectives, ideas and case studies form the first step to critical new collaborative initiatives and partnerships?

 

Open to all Pass holders





Networking
Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM, Sapphire 204

The 3rd annual GEM-TECH Awards, jointly organized by ITU and UN Women, will be presented in celebration of personal or organizational achievements and innovative strategies to advance Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in the area of ICTs. The opening cocktail reception will be followed by the Award Ceremony and Celebration for the 2016 GEM-TECH Award Winners and will feature theopportunity to network with leading women in tech from public and private sectors around the world. Celebrate with us as we celebrate women in tech!

By RSVP Only
Seating available on first come first serve basis.
Please RSVP here


Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Panel Session
Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM, Jupiter 8-9

Taxation has a vital positive role to play in contributing to the provision of public services in a country. But taxes may also discourage enterprises from making investments by reducing the supply of funds available to finance them. At a time when the need for major investment in next generation networks, technologies and innovative services is growing, governments often still see the ICT sector as a source of revenue to balance public sector budgets, rather than re-investing ICT-related taxes in facilitating infrastructure development and labour productivity growth. In addition, new players and services entering the crowded space of the ICT ecosystem are often subject to different regulatory and taxation regimes - and national taxation agencies may find it difficult to deal with such entities as they provide cross-border services from outside the country. The introduction of IoT services also presents new challenges for taxation agencies with ICT taxation applied to new areas, markets, services and equipment. This session will explore how taxation policy is the hidden key to unlocking growth in the ICT sector, addressing questions such as:

  • - Is there enough communication between the governments and the telecommunication/ICT operators to define the optimal level oftaxation in the sector? Can taxation agencies be better equipped to handle these challenges?
  • - How can comprehensive cross-ministerial ICT polices be developed to focus on long-term wider value rather than short-term tax gains?
  • - How can tax incentives or breaks encourage local manufacture and content creation at municipal, regional and national levels?
  • - How cangovernments and industry work together to achieve the win-win of advancing network deployment whilst still benefiting from tax on operators and consumers?
  • - What is the role of Over the Top (OTT) players? What are current best practices? And how can collaborative partnerships unlock the taxation bottleneck?
  • - How will taxation look in five years from now, and what will it take to get there?

 

Open to Leader Pass, Forum Plus Pass, and Forum Pass holders





Sponsored Session
Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM, Jupiter 10

The first commercial 5G deployments may still be a few years away but what happens between now and 2020 will determine the success of the technology, as well as the many sectors of the economy that depend on broadband infrastructure. Alignment on spectrum from an early stage on deploying 5G globally will be equally important.

During this workshop, there will be discussions focused on spectrum bands for 5G for mobile, and the effort made by policymakers, mobile operators and equipment manufacturers to create the right environment for the technology, and for mobile, to thrive.

Open to Leader Pass, Forum Plus Pass, and Forum Pass holders





Networking
Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM, Jupiter Foyer

Join the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA), the regulatory authority of the Bahamas, for high-level networking in a relaxed and social environment in a refreshment break between Forum sessions.

The Bahamas GSR 17 Host CountryAgreement Signing Ceremony will begin at 11:00.

Open to Leader Pass, Forum Plus Pass, and Forum Pass holders




Panel Session
Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM, Jupiter 10

Spectrum is a critical natural resource for communications, and a powerful enabler of socio-economic development. Spectrum allocation is the result of a complex mix of social needs, business models, technological developments, technical compatibility studies and regulatory investigations, strategies for economic growth, industry lobbying and policy considerations. Demand for radio-based services and applications for the general public is increasing dramatically, as is demand for specialized uses of spectrum in areas such as maritime, aeronautical or meteorological services. During the last WRC-15, key decisions were adopted to respond to these complex trends in a timely fashion whilst maintaining a delicate balance among demands from diverse stakeholders. WRC-15 also defined the agenda for the next WRC-19 which will consider possible new spectrum allocations in response to the multiple ongoing and evolving needs. This session allows an open discussion and exchange of views and opinions from the key players of the spectrum community on the WRC-15 outcomes and on WRC-19 challenges and opportunities across different services. Key questions will be highlighted such as:

  • - Where are spectrum bands most stretched, and who is most affected?
  • - What opportunities lie in collaboration and sharing spectrum?
  • - How can a collaborative cross-sector approach implement international agreements on spectrum use, and optimize that spectrum use to meet the expected growth in demand?
  • - How reliable is co-primary allocation, what are the issues of interference, affordability and quality, and how can national administrations retain flexibility?

 

Open to Leader Pass, Forum Plus Pass, and Forum Pass holders





Sponsored Session
Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM, Jupiter 8-9

Japan aims to increase economic growth and solve social challenges by making full use of ICT - and would like to contribute to economic development in the ASEAN region by sharing the technology and knowledge we have on this process.

This session will therefore introduce best practices in tackling social challenges such as environmental protection and disaster recovery, as well as in accelerating business across all industries from finance to distribution, through making full use of Japan's latest ICT technologies, products, solutions and development.

Making the most of this valuable opportunity at ITU Telecom World 2016, we hope to share important insights and tips for economic growth with as many participants as possible.

Open to Leader Pass,Forum Plus Pass, Forum Pass and Exhibition Pass holders





B2B Dialogue
Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM, Jupiter 4-5

Objective of the session: For tech MSMEs[1] to describe pain points to company representatives, and together discuss the merits and shortcomings of existing and potential interactions between these communities.

Description: The B2B dialogues provide a platform for open exchange and frank discussion between tech MSMEs and large companies. Corporate – MSME collaboration is on the rise, and the ICT sector has an important symbiotic relationship with small companies through, for example, purchasing or marketing of their products, supplying and absorbing talent, and ecosystem support. Building these relationships is key to enabling stronger and better tech companies from emerging markets.

As disruptive innovation continues to grow, and increasingly comes from small, young firms, what models of collaboration between MSMEs and corporations are being adopted? Is this relationship working, and what can be improved?

This session will bring these two communities together to build an understanding of the issues faced by small businesses, and explore what needs to happen at national, regional and international levels to foster better corporate – tech MSME collaboration.

Format:75 minutes – 2 teams – 10 speakers – 4 questions – 6 rounds incl. Q&A

Questions: The dialogue will be guided by 4 questions which both teams must prepare for. The dialogue should start with SMEs framingthe problem, followed by an open exchange between both teams.

- What problems do tech MSMEs face when interacting with large companies?
- Are any of these problems unique or specific to the ICT sector?
- What kind of support/incentives are beingprovided? Are they helping?
- How can large companies and MSME communities work more closely together?

[1] Enterprises that are statistically included in the ICT sector, or reliant on ICT services (ICT-enabled), are collectively referred to as "tech". MSMEs includes micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, defined broadly as 0<employees<250 or 0<revenue<€50m. Other national and regional definitions may vary.

Open to Leader Pass, Forum Plus Pass, Forum Pass, and Exhibition Pass holders





Economic Expert Roundtable
Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM, Jupiter 11

Building on the success of the inaugural Economic and Industry Expert Roundtable at ITU Telecom World 2015, ITU and UN ESCAP are now partnering to launch a High-Level Economic and Industry Expert Roundtable meeting at Telecom World 2016, in Bangkok. This session brings together economic and industry experts from global ICT consulting firms, R&D entities, regional and international organizations to exchange views and analysis on the latest trends and issues related to the development of telecommunications/ICT infrastructure, focusing principally on economic and financial aspects.Discussions will focus on how best to invest in ICT infrastructure and achieve business objectives, benefits, and socio-economic development, given that despite widespread understanding that an advanced and reliable telecommunications/ICT infrastructure is a key driver of socio-economic growth, more than 50 per cent of the global population remains off-line. The four main barriers to Internet adoption are lack of demand, affordability, education andskills, and infrastructure. In particular, while the lack of demand deserves significant attention in bringing the unconnected online, 44% of the world’s population do not live within coverage of fixed broadband transmission networks, and between 47% - 16% are not yet covered by 4G or 3G networks, mainly because of the lack of funding and incentives to invest into areas that are currently underserved. How could public policies be better targeted and incentives set to attract investment into network infrastructure and technologies then? What role does the ongoing high cost of investment in broadband infrastructure and unaffordable prices in LDCs play? What areas should be prioritized for investment - last mile/access, backbone/transport, connectivity? Which business models ordifferent types of funding are most appropriate, from government funding to public-private-partnerships, commercial funding, private design-build-operate models, or sustainable models for rural and remote regions? Can government policies on open access and network infrastructure consolidation attract investment and lower costs of access?

This Economic and Industry Expert Roundtable isorganized in the context of ongoing ITU activities on emerging trends in the telecommunications/ICT environment and UN ESCAP’s activities on Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway.The outcome of this meeting will be included in the Telecom World 16Report, together with the outcome of the Ministerial Roundtable: Growing the digital economy – the role of government, the CEO Roundtable: Creating value, accelerating growth, opening new markets – the power of collaboration, and other high-level meetings. It will also form part of ITU’s contribution to the special session of the Broadband Commission, which takes place during the Davos Annual Meeting of theWorld Economic Forum, in 2017.

Open to Leader Pass, Forum Plus Pass, and Forum Pass holders





Networking
Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM, Private Lunch Space

Join CITRA, the Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority of Kuwait, to explore the impact of differing innovative regulatory approaches in the ICT sector on establishing fair, competitive markets, stimulating investment, and accelerating the growth of SMEs as key players in the digital ecosystem. Debate the key issues, share case studies and best practices, and connectwith leading figures from public and private sectors, from large corporations and SMEs, in the congenial social atmosphere of a networking lunch.




Press Conference
Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM, Jupiter 6-7
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Press Conference
Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM, Jupiter 6-7

This presentation from the Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Digital Development of Madagascar will outline the vision for the future of ICT in Madagascar, the digital industry, lessons learned and the collaboration with other countries and partners.





Plenary Session
Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM, Jupiter 8-9

The ICT sector has committed to connect an additional 1.5 billion by 2020. Reaching this ambitious goal calls for innovative approaches to universal connectivity and enabling the use and adoption of broadband – as well as innovative collaborative partnerships between public, private and civic sectors. Committed government leadership is key to tackle issues such as the increasing capacity through awareness and ability as well as driving down the cost of access and use through financial incentives and subsidies. Local language content relevant to local communities and contexts is vital to make the use case for broadband, stimulate demand and drive uptake. Different models will apply in different nations, but can cross-regional initiatives maximize opportunities at scale? How can we address the triple barrier to reaching the next billion: access, affordability and relevance? What are the roles of skills development and end user education? As the bandwidth divide threatens to increase, is meaningful connectivity more important than universal connectivity? What are the key innovative technologies and collaborative initiatives focusing on expanding connectivity and adoption today - and what can we learn from them?

This session will feature the release of a new report of the Broadband Commission Working Group on Demand chaired by Mr John Galvin, entitled: Enabling the use of ICTs and Broadband: Understanding what works to stimulate ICT adoption. The Working Group report is a collaborative effort and in depth look at demand creation programs. It examines case studies of different country-led programs from around the globe, targeted to stimulate ICT adoption and increase the use and impact of technologies and broadband.

REMOTE INTERPRETATION: English – French interpretation will be provided remotely as part of a pilot test conducted by ITU. If you would like to follow the interpretation,  please come prepared with your smartphone or tablet andkindly follow the links below to download the app that will be required. Make sure to also bring your earphones.

Apple Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/interprefy-connect/id1052701945?mt=8
Android Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mgrmobi.interprefy
Desktop: www.interprefy.com/connect

The token (code) to access the conference will be available in the room.

Open to Leader Pass, Forum Plus Pass, and Forum Pass holders





Networking
Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM, Jupiter Foyer

Join the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA), the regulatory authority of the Bahamas, for high-level networking in a relaxed and social environment in a refreshment break between Forum sessions.

Open to Leader Pass, Forum Plus Pass, and Forum Pass holders




Panel Session
Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 4:45 PM - 6:00 PM, Jupiter 8-9

An estimated 2 billion adults in the world have no access to basic financial services, representing a major barrier to socio-economic development. Digital technology, in particular mobile telephony, has the potential to offer secure, cheap and reliable transactions for people of limited income currently excluded from traditional financial services, the unbanked or underbanked.

The success of digital financial services depends on the creation of a new ecosystem of government, business and individual citizens or consumers, with collaboration between financial and ICT sectors at its heart. Indeed, over the last few years, certain parts of the developing world (in particular, Sub Saharan Africa) have experienced remarkable advances in financial inclusion using digital financial services, which leverage information and communication technology and agent networks as a cost-efficient distribution channel. However, operators are still struggling with challenges around distribution, liquidity management, interoperability, quality of service and fraud.

For users, the issue still remains that of finding themselves locked into a service with all the drawbacks of having multiple closed loop system telco wallets which do not talk to each other. Restrictions on where a product or solution can be used causes considerable confusion for consumers and severely limits their ability to use and adopt these services. As an example, take the simple scenario of needing one account to receive payroll or government benefits, a second to load another wallet to top up airtime and pay the bill, and yet another to buy a packet of gum from a nearby store - leading to massive disruption in a client’s journey or user experience. This issue is creating massive barriers to adoption and usage of financial services and severely curtailing the effectiveness of digital financial services and financial inclusion.

Questions to be discussed during this session may include:

  • - Can digital financial services reach everyone - and what will the social impact be?
  • - What new regulatory approaches are needed to foster this collaboration and accelerate access to digital financial services?
  • - How are technologies and market players evolving in digital financial services, and what are the current international best practices?
  • - What are the lessons to be learnt regarding interoperability of DFS in different markets?
  • - Can all our financial transactions be digital - and to what extent can even small merchants be integrated in the DFS ecosystem?
  • - What is needed to accelerate the shift from access tomeaningful usage?
  • What business, policy and regulatory common guidelines and good practices can be identified tomove the digital financial inclusion agenda forward?
 

REMOTE INTERPRETATION: English – French interpretation will be provided remotely as part of a pilot test conducted by ITU. If you would like to follow the interpretation,  please come prepared with your smartphone or tablet and kindly follow the links below to download the app that willbe required. Make sure to also bring your earphones.

Apple Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/interprefy-connect/id1052701945?mt=8
Android Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mgrmobi.interprefy
Desktop: www.interprefy.com/connect

The token (code) to access the conference will be available in the room.

Open to Leader Pass, Forum Plus Pass, and Forum Pass holders





Panel Session
Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 4:45 PM - 6:00 PM, Jupiter 10

In an inter-connected world that merges day-by-day, ICT security is the top concern of both the public and the private sector. However, a lack of substantive dialogue between the two sectors very often leads to counter-productive efforts that create unnecessary barriers to global ICT innovation, competition and trade and hinder the development and vast proliferation of trustworthy and secure ICT products.

This session aims to discuss the needs and challenges of governments- as buyers of ICTs- and those of the ICT manufacturers, on the side of the supplier. How can these be best communicated to increase mutual awareness? The session will also be looking into possible improvements in the existing manufacturing and supply/procurement processes, in order to best address security concerns and increase the availability of high-quality ICT products at a global level.

 

Opento Leader Pass, Forum Plus Pass, and Forum Pass holders





Sponsored Session
Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 4:45 PM - 6:00 PM, Jupiter 11

The MEF is focused on enabling a new generation of dynamic Third Network services for the digital economy and the hyper-connected world, providing businesses an on-demand, cloud-connected, secure, and assured experience. The MEF provides a practical evolution toward interconnected, orchestrated, and automated networks powered by LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), SDN, and NFV implementations. OpenCS (Open Connectivity Services) is a MEF-facilitated ecosystem that develops reference implementations of segments of MEF-defined Third Network services using any combination of open and/or closed software, open spec hardware, commercial devices (e.g. CE 2.0 certified devices), SDN and NFV. This session will highlight Work of the MEF and the expected roadmap of industry adoption.

Open to Leader Pass, Forum Plus Pass, and Forum Pass holders





B2G Dialogue
Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 4:45 PM - 6:00 PM, Jupiter 4-5

Objective of the session: For MSMEs to describe pain points to government representatives, and together discuss the merits and shortcomings of existing and potential solutions and interventions.

Description: The issue of why tech MSMEs[1] matter has been an element of national, regional and global debate for several years. While there is solid empirical evidence confirming that MSMEs generally are a major engine of economic growth and job creation, tech MSMEs have brought a new dimension to the discussion.

In many economies around the world it is primarily young, small enterprises of less than five years that create the majority of new jobs. These high-growth enterprises are often referred to as transformational enterprises, graduate enterprises or gazelles. They are rare among the overall firm population (approx. 3%-9%), and in many cases account for more than 50% of new jobs. Helping firms to achieve high growth has been demonstrated as an effective way of enabling wide-spread opportunity and social impact through job creation, and ICT has a major role to play, giving rise to new companies in the tech sector and supporting the overall MSME population in general.

The B2G dialogues provide a platform for open exchange and frank discussion between tech MSMEs and government representatives. Governments are actively pursuing domestic policies to support small businesses, but are their support measures effective? Are they focused on the right businesses, the right industries with the right priorities? Are their procurement processes geared towards enabling local industries? Are government contracts accessible, and transparent? Are they supporting a safe and stable environment for investment?

This session will bring these two communities together to build an understanding of the issues faced by small businesses in the real world, and explore what needs to happen at national, regional and international levels to build stronger and better techMSMEs. 

Format: 75 minutes – 2 teams – 10 speakers – 4 questions – 6 rounds incl.Q&A

 

Questions: The dialogue will be guided by 4 questions which both teams must prepare for. The dialogue should start with tech MSMEs framing the problem, followed by an open exchange between both teams.

- What problems do tech MSMEs face?
- Are any of these problems unique or specific to the ICT sector?
- What kind of Government/IGO support/incentives are being provided? Are they helping?
- How can Government/IGO and tech MSME communities workmore closely together?

[1] Enterprises that are statistically included in the ICT sector, or reliant on ICT services(ICT-enabled), are collectively referred to as "tech". MSMEs includes micro, small and medium-sizedenterprises, defined broadly as0<employees<250 or 0<revenue<€50m. Other national and regional definitions may vary.

 

Open to Leader Pass, Forum Plus Pass, Forum Pass, and Exhibition Pass holders





Networking
Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 6:15 PM - 8:00 PM, Private Lunch Space

Join the Republic of Korea, our hosts for ITU Telecom World 2017, for dinner and details of what to expect at the event in the smart city of Busan, at the heart of one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world.

Open to Leader Pass, Forum Plus Pass, Forum Pass and Exhibition Pass holders


Thursday, November 17, 2016
Plenary Session
Thursday, November 17, 2016, 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM, Jupiter 10

Industry 4.0 is the current trend to integrate manufacturing with cutting-edge information and communication technology. This smart approach makes it possible to deliver tailored products to meet individual customer requirements at low cost and in high quality– with huge potential impact for companies, economies and societies across the globe. The rapid parallel development of the Digital Economy is the single most important driver of innovation, competitiveness and growth worldwide. What is the meaning of “Industry 4.0”and the “Digital Economy” in the economies of different countries, and what roles will they play? What is the “lead & lag” relationship between the Digital Economy and Industry 4.0? How can Digital Economy policy impact on the implementation of Industry 4.0? What is the most critical element or process for implementing both the Digital Economy and Industry 4.0? How important is government leadership in driving both developments? How can we prepare for the coming of the Digital Economy and Industry 4.0 – as governments, as businesses and as individuals?

Open to Leader Pass, Forum Plus Pass, and Forum Pass holders





Panel Session
Thursday, November 17, 2016, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM, Jupiter 11

The Sustainable Development Goals represent a unique opportunity for the world to work together on 17 critical measures that embody the collective aspirations of the world’s citizens. SDGs are both an opportunity to improve the lives of millions and a challenge for our collective intent in the coming years. As stressed by the United Nations Secretary-General “undoubtedly, ICT has a catalytic role in meeting global challenges, driving economic growth, social progress and sustainable development. Innovative ICT will play a critical role in achieving the 17 Sustainable goals”.

ICTs are however leading to an exponential increase in the volume and types of data available, creating unprecedented possibilities for informing, educating and transforming societies. Governments, companies, researchers and citizen groups are in a ferment of experimentation, innovation and adaptation to the newworld of data, a world in which data are bigger, easily available and more detailed than ever before.

It is also important to highlight that, like every new technology, ICTs also come with risks and challenges. ICTs may bypass or even marginalize some segments of the population who lack ICT access and skills thus possibly deepening inequalities. Special attention thus needs to be givento how to maximize the benefits of ICT for all women and men, children, youth, persons with disabilities, older persons, and othercategories of the population. There are also other concerns such as privacy and surveillance, cybersecurity, loss of human skills, digital exclusion, and child protection in the virtual world

Organized by the UN Office of Information and Communication Technology (OICT)

Open to all Pass holders





Networking
Thursday, November 17, 2016, 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM, Jupiter Foyer

Join Inmarsat for high-level networking in a relaxed and social environment in a refreshment break between Forum sessions.

Open to Leader Pass, Forum Plus Pass, and Forum Pass holders.




Networking
Thursday, November 17, 2016, 11:00 AM - 2:45 PM, Jupiter 8-9

Edutainment Workshop: Startup Start it! provides participants with an overview on startups and the skills needed by successful entrepreneurs. A mixture of workshops, keynote speeches and interactive activities will boost creativity, provide hands-on experience in building business models and empower students with entrepreneurship skills in a positive, productive environment.

Edutainment Workshop Agenda

Open to all




Plenary Session
Thursday, November 17, 2016, 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM, Jupiter 10

Disasters (earthquakes, floods, cyclones, hurricanes, epidemics etc.) continue to undermine economic development, social development, and environmental protection. Existing and emerging information and communication technologies can mitigate the impact of these disasters thus increasing the change for countries to attain the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. To effectively mobilize and deploy these technologies there is need for well-thought capacity building strategies, legal and regulatory frameworks, and innovative multi-stakeholder as well as all-inclusive initiatives. High profile panellists share their views in this highly interactive plenary session.

Open to Leader Pass, Forum Plus Pass, and Forum Pass holders





Networking
Thursday, November 17, 2016, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Jupiter 4-5-6

The Event Closing and ITU Telecom World Awards Ceremony bring ITU Telecom World 2016 to a close on the final day of the event. Highlighting the key findings from the past four days of debate on the importance of collaborating across the ICT ecosystem, the high-level Event Closing panel asks what we have learnt, what we can or should do differently, and where we see the best opportunities to work together across sectors, vertical silos and national and international boundaries. The prestigious ITU Telecom World Awards recognizing the best in innovative ICT solutions with real social impact will then be presented by ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.

Open to all Pass holders





Networking
Thursday, November 17, 2016, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Royal Jubilee Ballroom

The Farewell Gathering celebrates the end of ITU Telecom World 2016 with cultural activities, an exhibition of Thailand's arts and crafts and a summary of Event highlights to accompany the formal goodbye to all delegates and guests.