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 Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Does almost everyone have a phone?

Findings from the ITU suggest that the answer to this question is not as simple as it might seem. It is estimated that by the end of 2013, there will be nearly as many mobile subscriptions worldwide as there are people on Earth, with more than half of these subscriptions in the Asia-Pacific region. If this trend continues, it is predicted that mobile subscriptions could reach 7 billion in 2014...

Read the full article on ITU Blog

Tuesday, August 06, 2013 10:05:35 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Internet Public Consultation: Submission deadline extended to October 10th

The closing date for content submission to the open consultation of the Council Working Group on International Internet-related Public Policy Issues has been extended to October 10, 2013. Taking into account the recently announced dates of the next meeting of CWG-Internet (11,12 November), in order to further facilitate the response from all stakeholders, the deadline for content submission has now been extended to 1 month prior to the meeting of the group.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 1:17:15 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Gender Equality and Mainstreaming Policy approved by ITU Council

ITU Gender Equality & Mainstreaming (GEM) Policy aims to present a shared vision for integrating a gender perspective throughout ITU. It also helps bring ITU into line with the UN System-Wide Action Plan (UN-SWAP) on gender empowerment, which has been endorsed by ITU. The main policy objectives are:

  • To allow men and women to contribute equally to the work of the organization.
  • To allow men and women to benefit equally from ICTs, to help reduce inequalities.
  • To strengthen gender mainstreaming in ITU’s activities.
  • To provide an accountability framework for internal monitoring.

Learn more

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 8:12:28 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, February 25, 2013
ITU Blog: Working with our Members to promote ICT access for persons with disabilities

According to the World Report on Disability – issued jointly by the World Health Organization and the World Bank – approximately one billion people worldwide live with some form of disability.

The importance of extending ICTs to persons with disabilities and special need has become more critical than ever.

Within this context, Article 8B in the recently amended International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs) calls on ITU Member States to promote access for persons with disabilities to international telecommunication services.

The ITU Development Bureau has been supporting ITU Members to ensure accessible ICTs for persons with disabilities through a range of activities and resources.

Read more...

Monday, February 25, 2013 10:38:14 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, February 07, 2013
Public Online Consultation on Internet Issues

On 10 July 2012, the ITU Council resolved that the Council Working Group on international Internet-related public policy issues (CWG-Internet) would hold online consultations for all stakeholders on certain policy issues to be decided by the Group. Council also resolved that all stakeholders could submit their responses to a reflector set up by the ITU and that all responses received from stakeholders would be posted, without edits, to the CWG-Internet website.

On 31 January 2013 the Council Working Group decided that Open Consultations would be convened on the following issues:

Read more and submit your views

Thursday, February 07, 2013 3:46:37 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, November 26, 2012
ITU Blog: EU Parliament Resolution on WCIT flawed

As a citizen of Italy and as a person who is familiar with the upcoming World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) and the proposals presented to that body, I must express my deep disappointment at parts of the Resolution on this topic that was adopted by the European Parliament.

The EU Resolution seems to be based on a flawed understanding of WCIT and of ITU.

I personally don’t understand why European parliamentarians did not obtain correct information – either directly from the ITU Secretariat – or from their Member State representatives, who are familiar with WCIT-12 and ITU...

Full article

Monday, November 26, 2012 2:34:43 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, November 16, 2012
ITU Blog: Clarification needed during Open Letter season

It is with great surprise and disappointment that ITU notes the joint letter signed by Greenpeace International and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) which was addressed to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon regarding the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12).

The assertions in the open letter cannot go unchallenged, as many of the issues raised are misleading, inaccurate and grounded in conjecture.

It is unfortunate that this letter was drafted, dispatched and made public without any consultation with ITU Secretary-General, Dr. Hamadoun Touré or ITU as an organization.

A number of misleading inaccuracies which are contained in the letter could have been dispelled before being made public.

Read more...

Friday, November 16, 2012 2:25:29 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Second ITU Global Media Briefing on WCIT-12

In December in Dubai, ITU membership will meet to discuss possible revision of the International Telecommunication Regulations, a global treaty governing the way international telecommunications traffic is managed. On September 17, ITU held a second global media briefing entitled WCIT: Myth versus Fact. An audio archive and comprehensive presentation on challenges and opportunities of the WCIT event is available online.

WCIT-12 website

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 9:50:04 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Briefing Sessions on proposals submitted to WCIT-12 and WTSA-12

Based on the presentations of proposals of Member States and Regional Groups already submitted to WCIT-12 and WTSA-12, the Briefing Sessions on proposals submitted to WCIT-12 and WTSA-12 will provide participants with the opportunity to explain their proposals, exchange views and have a better understanding of each others’ proposals and positions. The briefing sessions will be held at the ITU Headquarters in Geneva, on Monday, 8 and Tuesday, 9 October 2012 and will be chaired by Mr. Mohamed Al-Ghanim, Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, United Arab Emirates.

  • The session on WCIT-12 will open on 8 October at 0930 hours and will end on 9 October at 1230 hours.
  • The session on WTSA-12 will follow that on WCIT on 9 October from 14h30 to 17h30.

Interpretation will be provided into the six official languages of the Union.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012 12:41:11 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, July 16, 2012
WCIT 2012: an opportunity to create an open, innovative and sustainable ICT environment

ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré and Chair of the Executive Board of the European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association (ETNO) Luigi Gambardella met today at ITU headquarters in Geneva. During their discussion they stressed the importance of the World Conference on International Telecommunications 2012 (WCIT-12), which will review the International Telecommunication Regulations, or ITRs. They said that an update of this international treaty will lay the framework to support continued growth and an innovative and sustainable future for the telecommunication and information and communication technologies (ICTs) sector.

 

Dr Touré noted that “the 1988 ITRs opened the door for the telecommunication revolution of the 1990s — and notably privatization, liberalization, and new technologies such as mobile. Now it’s time to take the next step and open the door for the broadband revolution of the next decade, so that all the world’s people can gain access — affordable, equitable, high-speed fixed or mobile access — to voice, video and data.”

 

Mr Gambardella stated that “WCIT-12 allows us to address the need for a new ecosystem for communications, enabling operators and service providers to meet the huge challenges that are being driven by the rapid rise in data traffic, while allowing users to continue enjoying the benefits brought about by the Internet and other technologies."

 

The ITRs set out the basic principles for ensuring that networks can connect smoothly and efficiently across borders and among technologies. However, the environment has changed dramatically since their last revision in 1988. The growth in traffic puts a strain on network resources and risks worsening users' experience of connectivity. The ITRs need to reflect changes in markets and technologies, while allowing innovation to continue.

 

The ITU membership, which includes ETNO, sees WCIT-12 as an opportunity to agree on a new and sustainable model for international communications, favouring innovation, openness and consumer choice. ETNO believes that improved user experience would be encouraged by allowing commercial agreements between players on end-to-end quality of service. The association has put forward a proposed revision to the ITRs that it believes would ensure that the framework is future proof.

Monday, July 16, 2012 7:56:42 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, May 21, 2012
ICT Discovery museum now open to the public!

ITU’s museum of the evolution and exciting future of information and communication technologies (ICT), ICT Discovery, opened its doors to the public on Friday, 18 May. The museum was officially opened at a reception on 15 May by ITU Secretary-General, Hamadoun Touré, Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (founding partner) Permanent Mission in Geneva, Obaid Salem Saeed Al Zaabi, and the Mayor of Geneva, Pierre Maudet.

 ICT Discovery is where ITU highlights the history of ICT, demonstrates their achievements, and how they have completely transformed our lives. We also take a look at the future and the wonderful opportunities that may be brought about by the new technological developments that could be just around the corner”, Dr Touré explained to the approx. 100 guests in attendance.

ICT Discovery is the fascinating story of ICT told from the very heart of the industry”, stated H. E. Mr Al Zaabi. “We are really honoured to be the ICT Discovery founding partner”.

 Ambassador Obaid Salem Saeed Al Zaabi, Permanent Mission of UAE in Geneva, the Mayor of Geneva, Pierre Maudet, and the ITU Secretary-General, Hamadoun Touré, lead the preview tour at the opening reception.

On behalf of the City of Geneva, Pierre Maudet expressed a particular honour in the city hosting ITU on its territory as “the international organization in charge of telecommunications that is today demonstrating its interest in our population’s pedagogy”.

On hosting ‘Genève, Ville Vivante’ as its first temporary exhibition - a City of Geneva project which visualizes the 15 million digital traces left by citizens with their mobiles on one day in the city – the Mayor expressed his joy that ICT Discovery can demonstrate the link between the global vision developed within ITU and the application of ICT made at a local level.

H.E. Ms Jasna Matic, Secretary of State for Digital Agenda (Serbia), and members of the Serbian delegation enjoy the Ville Vivante temporary exhibition.

ICT Discovery is open from Monday to Friday between 10:00 and 17:00 at ITU’s Montbrillant building, 2 rue de Varembé, 1202 Geneva. The ‘Genève, Ville Vivante’ temporary exhibition is on display between 18 May and 10 August 2012. Entrance to both the permanent collection and temporary exhibition is free-of-charge.

 

 The winner of our museum naming competition, Nethmi Karunajeewa, tests the Samsung tablet audio-visual guide with her Father and finds out how radio really works during the preview tour.

Come join us on the journey through our connected world!

Web: http://www.ictdiscovery.org

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ICTdiscovery

Foursquare: https://foursquare.com/v/ict-discovery/4f18199d0039aaaa1d5ff683

 

Monday, May 21, 2012 4:09:23 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, December 16, 2011
ITU joins the UN System to provide its perspectives on a Green Economy

Against a backdrop of the multiple crises of the past four years -- financial, economic, food and energy -- the United Nations launched this week a report that offers UN agencies and its member states guidance for coordinating the transition to a Green Economy at the international and country levels.  

In the first-ever inter-agency report on the Green Economy, the Environment Management Group (EMG), representing the work of UN agencies, the Bretton Woods Institutions and other intergovernmental bodies outlines steps and policies for pursuing a green economic transformation that generates new sources of sustainable and equitable economic growth that will assist in a global economic recovery.  

Such action will require investing in natural capital, clean-technologies, such as information and communication technologies (ICTs), as well as in in human and social capital, including education, health care, cultural development and social protection.    

The report, Working towards a Balanced and Inclusive Green Economy, reflects a growing recognition of the shortcomings of business-as-usual practiced by both the public and private sector institutions over the last two decades and assesses how the UN system can coherently support countries in transitioning to a Green Economy. The report highlights the need for more integrated approaches between different international agencies and government departments, as well as more targeted investments across the environmental, economic and social domains.  

Urging both agencies and governments to use the forthcoming 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (or Rio+20 Summit) to turn their commitments into reality, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said:   

“United Nations entities are keenly aware of the resource challenges that countries face in meeting the needs of a growing and urbanizing world population. The human and economic toll of natural disasters and the volatility of commodity prices reflect worrying trends in global climate change, the growing scarcity of some natural resources and the decline of many ecosystems.   

“This report highlights how these challenges can and must be addressed as part of integrated development models that focus on poverty and human well-being.”  

The report promotes a UN system-wide understanding of the Green Economy approach to achieve sustainable development and offers a range of instruments that governments can use to impact investment choices and consumer behavior.  These include mobilizing financial resources, full cost pricing, regulatory instruments, sustainable trade and green markets, innovation and technology, and indicators for measuring progress towards transition.    

The report calls specifically for public spending to target green infrastructure and research and development that can spur green technologies and innovation, as well as better health care and education. In addition, governments need to align their laws, regulations, green standards, taxes, labeling and reporting requirements to reinforce the incentives for the private sector to direct their finance and investments towards green, responsible business and a Green Economy.  

The report notes numerous UN-backed initiatives, including ITU’s activities to promote green ICT standards, the use of radio-communications for earth observation, or specific initiatives to develop innovative applications that promote the transition to a green economy, such as the ITU Green ICT Application Challenge. These contributions will be instrumental in the preparation of the Rio+20 conference.  

Click here to access the full version of the report free of charge. Find more about ITU’s activities on climate change and environment protection at www.itu.int/climate  

Background information

Rio Earth Summit: In 1992 the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, popularly known as the Rio Earth Summit, was convened in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to address the state of the environment and sustainable development. In June 2012, there will be the follow up meeting or Rio+20 in Brazil, where one of the main themes governments are expected to address is Green Economy “in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication”.  

The Environment Management Group (EMG) is a UN coordination body consisted of the specialized agencies, programmes and organs of the United Nations including the secretariats of the Multilateral Environmental Agreements. It furthers inter-agency cooperation in support of the implementation of the international environmental and human settlement agenda. www.unemg.org. ITU is an active member of the EMG.

Friday, December 16, 2011 12:15:05 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, December 07, 2011
UNEP Basel Convention joins the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development

On the first day of the International Telecommunication Union’s World Telecommunications/ICT Indicators Meeting in Port Louis, Mauritius, it was announced that the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development is expanding with a new member: the UNEP Secretariat of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposals.

 

“The inclusion of the Basel Convention Secretariat is particularly valuable at a time when growing attention is being paid to the measurement of the environmental implications for ICT, such as the growth of electronic waste “ said the current chair of the Partnership Steering Committee, Mr Torbjorn Fredriksson, Chief of the ICT Analysis Section of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

 

“The Secretariat of the Basel Convention will bring to the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development its expertise and experience with e-waste issues on global level, its network of national and international institutions, academics, industry and civil society” commented Mr Matthias Kern, who will be representing the Basel Convention Secretariat in the Partnership.

 

“Measuring e-waste is one of the emerging topics we are exploring at this year’s World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Meeting. I am extremely pleased to announce the new membership of the UNEP Secretariat of the Basel Convention at this occasion” said Ms Susan Teltscher, Head of ITU’s ICT Data and Statistics Division.

 

For more information, please contact Susan Teltscher (email: indicators@itu.int).

 

The Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development is an international, multi-stakeholder initiative to improve the availability and quality of ICT data and indicators, particularly in developing countries. Launched in 2004, the Partnership helps measure the information society by defining a core list of ICT indicators and methodologies to collect these indicators; helping developing countries collect ICT statistics; and collecting and disseminating information society statistics.

Existing members include Eurostat, ITU, OECD, UNCTAD, UNDESA, UNECA, UNECLAC, UNESCAP, UNESCO Institute for Statistics and UNESCWA.

 

The Secretariat of the Basel Convention is administered by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and is mandated to support parties in the implementation of the Convention. Electrical and electronic waste (e-waste), in particular used and end-of-life equipment from the ICT sector has been identified as a priority waste stream. See www.basel.int.

 

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU)’s World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Meeting is held annually, bringing together representatives from ICT Ministries, regulatory authorities and national statistical offices to discuss pertinent issues related to information society measurements and to advance the availability of internationally comparable ICT statistics.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011 8:46:29 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, December 02, 2011
ITU to play leading role in UN global cybersecurity debate

ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré will be among the prominent global leaders taking part in a special United Nations Economic and Social Council public debate on Cybersecurity and Development.

Modern information and communications technologies (ICTs) now underpin just about all human activity, from transportation, water and power networks, to industrial processes and supply chains, emergency services, healthcare, education, food distribution chains, and financial services.

But while technology brings many benefits, this dependence has given rise to the need to protect against potential threats posed to the everyday lives of people and States alike.

Cybersecurity and cybercrime are multidimensional issues involving different disciplines, skills and technologies. Strengthening security in the information society is a shared responsibility in which all stakeholders (governments, private sector, international organizations, civil society) have vital roles to play.

What:

ECOSOC Debate on Cybersecurity and Development

When:

10:00am - 1:00pm, 9 December, 2011

Where:

ECOSOC Chamber, UN Headquarters, New York

Why:

To look at the challenges posed by ubiquitous connectivity and potential responses to mounting cyberthreats

Who:

 

Chair: H.E. Mr. Lazarous Kapambwe, President of ECOSOC and Permanent Representative of Zambia to the United Nations

Moderator: Gary Fowlie, Head, ITU Liaison Office in New York

Panellists:

  • Dr. Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General, International Telecommunication Union
  • Fortunato de la Peña, Vice-Minister for Science and Technology, Philippines, and  Chair, Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) -  via video-link
  • Cheri McGuire, Vice President, Global Government Affairs & Cybersecurity Policy, Symantec
  • Mohd Noor Amin, Chairman, Management Board IMPACT Malaysia
  • Deborah Taylor Tate, ITU Special Envoy and Laureate for Child Online Protection, United States Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission (Ret.)
For more information about the event see: www.un.org/en/ecosoc/cybersecurity/index.shtml.

Friday, December 02, 2011 1:56:15 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, December 01, 2011
ITU Secretary-General at M-Enabling Summit on ICT accessibility

ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Toure will be delivering keynote remarks and chairing an international panel on policies and programmes for ICT accessibility at the M-Enabling Summit being held in Washington DC on 5 December. This multi-stakeholder Summit will bring together key players from industry, government and regulatory agencies, civil society, international and regional organizations and funding partners among others to share experiences and showcase the latest mobile applications and services for seniors and persons with disabilities.

Thursday, December 01, 2011 9:13:22 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Girls in ICT

Job opportunities in the ICT sector continue to grow, and many countries and regions are predicting a shortage of qualified staff with math, science, engineering and computing skills to meet the growing demand. At the same time, many companies are looking to increase the numbers of women in the sector. This means that highly qualified women in technical fields have significant opportunities available to them.  Unfortunately teenage girls and young women often never even consider a career in ICTs.  There is a lack of awareness among students, teachers and parents on the opportunities presented by a career in ICT.

Attitudes can change when girls are invited into companies and government agencies to meet ICT professionals and see what life is like on the job.  For this reason, ITU members agreed to recognize Girls in ICT Days on the 4th Thursday of every April in ITU Plenipotentiary Resolution 70 (Guadalajara, 2010).  ITU is also helping girls find the information they need by developing a Girls in ICT Portal with links to scholarships, training, internships, contests and awards, tech camps, online networks and, of course, Girls in ICT Day activities.  The Girls in ICT Portal will be unveiled in this Session.

Not only is encouraging girls to enter the ICT sector good for women’s professional development and job prospects, it’s good for business.  A broad range of organizations and companies have concluded that increasing women at the top positively impacts financial performance, while those that ignore diversity issues risk ongoing labor shortages.

Supporting the education of women and girls in the ICT sector is also in line with United Nations Millennium Development Goal 3 to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women.  Not only are jobs in the ICT sector lifting women out of poverty, a more gender-balanced sector offers fulfilling mid and high-level careers, and enables highly talented women to springboard to the top of the career ladder. This is good for everyone.  As UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said, “Equality for women and girls is not only a basic human right it is a social and economic imperative. Where women are educated and empowered, economies are more productive and strong.  Where women are fully represented, societies are more peaceful and stable."

Learn more about efforts to encourage young women to enter the ICT sector during the Girls in ICT Session on Thursday, 27 October from 14h00-15h30 in Lab Space #3.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 3:59:39 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, September 28, 2011
ITU Secretary-General ranked number one in the global ICT industry

ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré has been named the most influential person in the global telecoms industry by high-profile UK publication Global Telecom Business Power 100.

 

This year’s publication, which ranks the 100 most important people shaping the future of the ICT industry worldwide, recognizes Dr Touré for his leadership in championing the cause of global broadband connectivity, and for promoting the right to communicate as a fundamental human right. “The prime mover in establishing the Broadband Commission for Digital Development . . . he is a leader with a passionate commitment to development and the power of ICTs to catalyze social and economic change,” the entry says.

AT&T’s Randall Stephenson, Verizon’s Lowell McAdam, Telefónica’s César Alierta and Google’s Larry Page occupy the next four top slots.

“It’s always hard — and controversial — to put readers’ suggestions in some sort of order, and to omit those from number 101 onwards,” said GTB editor Alan Burkitt-Gray. “But we hope that readers will agree that Touré’s work in setting up and steering the Broadband Commission means he more than deserves his selection as the most powerful of the Power 100 for 2011.”

The feature article accompanying the list of rankings is highly positive about Dr Touré’s achievements at the helm of ITU. “In the past year Touré . . . has done much to elevate the international status of our hugely important industry and put it on the world’s political platform, “ it says. “Touré has been the visionary driving force behind the Broadband Commission, a team made up of a dazzling set of the industry’s leaders — no one else on the planet could have rounded up John Chambers of Cisco, Carlos Slim Helú of Telmex, Paul Jacobs of Qualcomm, Wang Jianzhou of China Mobile, Hans Vestberg of Ericsson and a team of others to work together to develop a broadband development policy for the world.”

 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 5:30:01 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, September 23, 2011
The Importance of National Broadband Plans

In its latest September edition, the ITU News magazine of the ITU examines the need for national broadband plans, their aims and relationship with national targets and goals.

A national broadband plan is as much a social contract as a plan of action to develop the industry base. It can be understood as bringing about a stronger foundation for effective governance, private investment and more active citizenship, leading to a desirable social and economic future.

The article draws on a discussion paper entitled “Setting national broadband policies, strategies and plans: A practical step-by-step approach”, written by Dr Bob Horton, consultant for the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU–D), and prepared for the 11th ITU Global Symposium for Regulators 2011, to be held in Armenia City, Colombia, on 21–23 September 2011.

For more information, please read here.

Friday, September 23, 2011 1:02:50 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, September 02, 2011
ITU Telecom World 2011 teams up with Telecentre.org to take the debate truly global

People in remote and underserved communities worldwide will have the chance to experience and participate in debates at ITU’s flagship ITU Telecom World 2011 event (24-27 October), thanks to a collaboration with Telecentre.org Foundation, an independent Philippines-based NGO which supports the global telecentre movement.

 

The collaboration will leverage the organization’s global network of over 100,000 telecentres to carry live webcasts and Twitter streams from ITU Telecom World 2011 debates as they happen in Geneva. The event technology platform will also support remote intervention, allowing those watching the events in telecentres around the world to send in their questions and become part of the events.

 

The collaboration with ITU Telecom will help to truly ‘Connect the World’ by bringing traditionally marginalized communities into the global debate. It will also provide a platform for Telecentre.org to showcase the success of its many activities around the world and make new business contacts in industry and government that could lead to exciting new development projects.

 

ITU and Telecentre.org recently announced a digital literacy partnership that will train one million unskilled women to use modern information and communication technology (ICT) applications to improve their livelihoods, leveraging the combined reach of Telecentre.org Foundation’s global network of 100,000 telecentres worldwide and ITU’s 192 Member States and 700 Sector Members.

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Telecentre.org Foundation's Acting Executive Director Tess Camba is excited to be part of one of the world’s premier ICT events: “ITU Telecom World 2011 is a wonderful opportunity for our members in rural and remote areas to be heard by people in the industry who are also in the position to make a difference.

 

“Through this event, people across the globe will be able to share their ideas and stories as well as collectively contribute to formulating solutions to some of the world’s most pressing concerns. We are extremely pleased to work together again with ITU in an initiative that will benefit our telecentre community.”

 

This year’s new-look ITU Telecom World 2011 will bring together industry CEOs and world leaders, digital experts, technology gurus, and grassroots technology pioneers to tackle core issues shaping the global ICT landscape in the age of broadband. In a departure from previous events, World 2011 will dispense with the traditional exhibition show floor and instead focus on facilitating knowledge sharing, networking, deal making and consensus building. 

Click here for further information on the event.

 

Friday, September 02, 2011 2:22:59 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, August 31, 2011
ITU helps Brazil's Anatel secure new cost model

ITU has partnered with Brazilian regulator Anatel to help the agency create a new Cost Model that will assist in setting tariffs for fixed telephony and calculating industry standard reference values ​​for mobile and leased line services.

The new Cost Model will provide access to information management costs of the different business areas and product lines of telecommunications service providers, and improve the overall regulation of the sector. The cost model represents a key element in helping Anatel ensure compliance with Brazil's public sector policies.

The Director of ITU's Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT), Mr Brahima Sanou, was present in Brasilia for the signing of the USD 8.22 million contract with the winning consortium comprising the consultancies Advisia, Analysys Mason and Grant Thornton. Mr Sanou underlined the importance of the work that will be undertaken under the terms of the contract for Anatel, for the Brazilian market and for Brazil's ICT users. "ITU is proud to be part of this important mission, and of the trust that Brazil has placed in our work," he said. ITU managed the bid process for the contract, which will extend over the coming two years.

The signing ceremony was attended by the president of Anatel, Mr Ronaldo Sardenberg, and Mr Luiz Novaes, Partner with Advisia,  along with the new director of ITU's Americas Regional Office, Mr Hector Huerta.

Photo caption: Mr Luiz Novaes (left), Partner with Advisia;  Mr Brahima Sanou (centre), Director of ITU's Bureau of Telecommunication Development; and Ambassador Ronaldo Sardenburg (right), President of Anatel, after signing the contract.

 

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 3:46:16 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, July 27, 2011
ICTs and Youth: A Catalyst for Peace, Human Rights & Development

New York, July 26: The United Nations High-Level Meeting on Youth, hosted at the UN Headquarters in New York on 25 and 26 July 2011, focused on the views of young people as important stakeholders in modern society. ITU’s side event held on the first day of the conference sought to address the issue of “ICTs and Youth: A Catalyst for Peace, Human Rights and Development” and featured panelists Mr Gary Fowlie of ITU's New York Liaison Office, Mr Doug Court of ITU Geneva and Mr Tik Root, a young American student who found himself inadvertently caught up in the events of the recent Arab Spring.

 

A key message coming from the event was that ICTs can and should be used to support article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states that: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; which includes the freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, recieve and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”.

ITU has been looking to engage with young people throughout the year 2011, via the Broadband Commission Working Group on Youth chaired by ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré. This group is soliciting input for a visual vision statement which calls for Internet and, more specifically, broadband services to be made more widely available at affordable prices. The group also hopes to bring the concerns and ideas of young people to the attention of the Broadband Commissioners during the upcoming Broadband Leadership Summit scheduled for 24 and 25 October in Geneva. To find out more or to join the conversation, visit www.facebook.com/broadbandcommission.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 10:53:14 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, June 06, 2011
Broadband Commission launches second major report

The second major output document of the ITU/UNESCO-led Broadband Commission for Digital Development was released on June 6, at the 3rd meeting of the Commission in Paris, France.

Entitled Broadband: A Platform for Progress, the report advocates a coordinated, nationwide approach to broadband development that more closely resembles the development of national railway or electricity networks than the more laissez-faire, market-driven approach that has generally characterized the roll-out of mobile cellular technology.

The report also makes a strong case for broadband as a driver of economic growth and new jobs, citing country case studies and reports by leading consultancies that point to increased employment opportunities, higher labour productivity and a strong stimulus to GDP.

Positive findings released recently by ITU show that, on average, consumers are paying 50% less for high-speed Internet connections than they were two years ago. However, this fall is mainly due to price decreases in developing countries, with steep declines often reflecting the extremely high cost of broadband in the developing world.

And despite encouraging trends, Africa continues to stand out for its relatively high prices. Fixed broadband Internet access in particular remains prohibitively high, and, across the region as a whole, still represented almost three times the monthly average per capita income. Only one out of ten people in Africa is using the Internet.

Read the press release at http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2011/19.aspx

Monday, June 06, 2011 1:14:17 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, May 17, 2011
“ICT Discovery” prize goes to12-year-old girl

The ITU visitors’ centre to be opened to the public this autumn has been given a name — ICT Discovery — thanks to a suggestion by 12-year-old Nethmi Karunajeewa. As the winner of a contest to name the new facility, on 17 May 2011 she was awarded the prize of an iPad2 by ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré. The contest was open to all ITU staff and their families. Nethmi’s mother, Nayani Karunajeewa, is a radiocommunication engineer at ITU.

 

Nethmi says her favourite subjects at school are English and drama, and her dream is to become a writer or a teacher. “I thought of the idea ICT Discovery because I like playing with words when I write poems, and I thought that this name was suitable because the ITU visitors’ centre would be a place where people could discover the wonders of information and communication technology,” Nethmi explained. “I feel really proud to have my idea chosen for something so important,” she added.

The new centre will illustrate the history of ICT and show how current and emerging technologies influence our lives. Focusing on the future, ICT Discovery will also highlight ITU’s important contributions and its commitment to connect the world. For more, see: http://www.itu.int/ict-e/index.html

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 8:12:25 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, May 03, 2011
ICTs at the service of women’s & children’s health

ITU highlighted the need for countries to develop coordinated national e-Health plans which leverage the power of ICTs, at the second and final meeting of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health, which took place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on May 1-2.

ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré served as co-Vice Chair of the Commission alongside Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organisation. The meeting approved 10 recommendations which, together, constitute a new framework for accountability and tracking of resources and results in the health sector.

The goal of the Commission is to improve transparency, ensure consistency in reporting and more effectively track resources spent on reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, to accelerate progress towards Millennium Development Goals 4, 5 and 1c.

ITU is currently working alongside WHO to develop a modular e-Health toolkit that will help countries develop and implement scalable and sustainable programmes for integrating ICTs into national health strategies.

Even relatively simple ICTs like ordinary cellphones can play a transformative role in national health systems, facilitating data gathering, storage, sharing and analysis. In addition, new apps, such as a system to perform automatic remote diagnosis of malaria using a simple in-phone camera, could serve as powerful catalysts in extending access to diagnosis and treatment to people in isolated communities.

“With mobile connectivity now widespread in even the world’s poorest countries, ICTs offer a unique and powerful opportunity to bridge the health development gap,” said ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré. “In addition to facilitating data analysis, platforms like the Internet and social media can also be used as tools to create safe and empowering spaces for women, where they can obtain accurate, up-to-the-minute health information in a confidential, multilingual environment.”

The Commission is a key element of the UN Global Strategy for Women's and Children’s Health, which aims to save the lives of 16 million women and children under five years of age by 2015.

Read more via our communiqué: Women & children to benefit from new recommendations to improve health accountability
http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2011/CM11.aspx

Tuesday, May 03, 2011 1:37:19 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, May 02, 2011
Emergency Communications pictorial

Before, during and after a natural disaster or emergency, swift and reliable communications are essential. See how modern technology provides vital links on which humanitarian teams rely...

Our latest in a series of infographics on ICTs now available for free download in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish:
http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/pictorial/2011/emergency_telecom/index.aspx?lang=en

Monday, May 02, 2011 10:38:46 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, April 21, 2011
Find us on Facebook and join in the conversation!

Already, ITU is an active user of social media, with accounts on Twitter, Flickr and YouTube. Now it has expanded its online presence even further with the launch of a public ITU page on Facebook.

 

As part of the Facebook community, ITU will post its latest news, information on events, photos, videos and feature stories. Most importantly, the public page is another way for ITU to interact directly with users, who will be able to make comments, give their feedback and share ideas.

 

As of January 2011, Facebook reportedly had more than 600 million active users around the globe. It will therefore be a powerful way for ITU to get its message across and listen to responses from every continent as it works on its mission of “connecting the world”.

 

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Thursday, April 21, 2011 1:03:35 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, March 14, 2011
Why are young girls rejecting careers in technology?

ITU'S High-level Debate held to commemorate 100 years of International Women's Day tackled the issue of declining female participation in the information and communication technology industry.

Professor Anastasia Ailamaki, Director, DIAS Lab, School of Computer & Communication Sciences, EPFLIt's a little-known fact that women were the original programmers of ENIAC, the US government's first ever computer. But while teenage girls now use computers and the Internet at rates similar to boys, they are five times less likely to consider a technology-related career.

It wasn't always so. In the US in the 1980s, for example, young women were earning 37% of computer science degrees; today, that number has fallen to around 20%.
That lack of trained female professionals in turn means that in OECD countries, women now account for under 20% of ICT specialists in OECD countries. It also means that most developed countries are forecasting an alarming shortfall in the number of skilled staff to fill upcoming jobs in the ICT sector. The European Union calculates that in 10 years' time there will be a lack of some 300,000 people to fill ICT jobs in the region; globally, the shortfall is closer to 1.2 million.

With computer and information systems managers consistently ranked among the top 20 best-paying jobs – on a par with surgeons, orthodontists, airline pilots and lawyers – why are young women turning their backs on technology?

ITU's High-level Panel of experts from government, the ICT industry, the education sector and the media agreed that major problems include a poor perception of the industry among girls, and a lack of inspiring role models.

Finnish Communications Minister Suvi Lindén spoke of a culture of negativity around science and maths that is affecting girls as young as primary level. Educator Inal Uygur of the International School of Geneva noted that teachers unwittingly or even deliberately put girls off technology as a career, often with a misplaced sense that they are acting in the girl's best interests. Professor Anastasia Ailamaki, who leads the DIAS Lab at the prestigious Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, observed that male teachers' envy of young girls' talents can also sometimes play an insidious role.

Ms Alethea Lodge-Clarke, Programme Manager, Public Private Partnerships DigiGirlz, Microsoft
Industry representatives Alethea Lodge-Clark of Microsoft and Victor Agnellini of Alcatel-Lucent affirmed that encouraging more girls into technology careers was important to the ongoing growth of the ICT industry, particularly in Europe and the US. Both highlighted their own companies' initiatives to redress the problem, such as the Digigirlz programme managed globally by Microsoft, and female-oriented initiatives managed by the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation in countries around the world.  Aurora Velez, Chief Producer of the Learning World series at Euronews, pointed to some of the innovative approaches her team has uncovered around the world, and hosted the screening of two Learning World stories created for this year's International Women's Day, both focused on encouraging girls to think about careers in technology.

Dr Speranza Ndege, Director of the Institute of Open, Distance and e-Learning at Kenya's Kenyatta University, told of the strong resistance she met from male colleagues when she crossed over from the traditional female academic domain of social sciences to ICTs. ITU's own Gitanjali Sah, who works as an ICT analyst focused on development issues, brought a regional perspective, noting that ICT training for girls was very popular in much of the Asia region, because of its perceived prestige.

And Serbian Minister Jasna Matiã, who has earned an international reputation as a passionate champion of technology education for women, proposed a concrete way forward with the creation of a Girls in ICT Day, to be held on the fourth Thursday in April every year, where governments, private industry and the education sector will be encouraged to team up to promote technology as an attractive career choice for female students.

from left to right: Finnish Communications Minister Suvi Lindén, ITU's Head of Strategic Planning and Membership department Doreen Bogdan, and Serbian Minister Jasna Mati¿The event was attended by around 100 representatives from UN agencies, national missions, the ICT industry, the education sector and the general public.

 

Monday, March 14, 2011 10:26:34 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, March 08, 2011
ITU to hold High-level Debate for International Women’s Day

To commemorate 100 years of International Women’s Day, ITU is organizing a High-level Panel Debate on 10 March 2011 around the theme of female participation in the information and communication technology industry.

What’s behind the sharp downwards trend in young women opting to study information and communication technology? ICT qualifications offer good job prospects and higher-than-average remuneration. Yet in the US, for example, the proportion of girls studying ICT courses has dropped from a mid-‘80s high of 37% to just 29% today – and falling.

Many European economies are now predicting a crisis in the number of trained IT professionals within the next 10-15 years. What is putting girls off technology? And why are some countries – particularly in the Asian region – succeeding in attracting female IT students? What are they doing differently – and getting right?

Entitled ‘Goodbye to the IT girl: Why are young women deserting  technology?’ the debate will look at how ICTs are taught in schools and universities, how girls perceive careers in technology – and what is informing their life choices. What are the cultural and economic barriers – and how might we encourage more girls into the technology field?

See www.itu.int/en/womensday/Pages/default.aspx for full details of panelists and timings.

This event is open to representatives from UN agencies, national missions, the ICT industry, the education sector and the general public. RSVP by email to pressreg@itu.int by 16:00 on 8 March is essential to attend this event.

Interpretation will be provided in French and English, and the event will be accessible via live and archived audiocast at: http://www.itu.int/ibs/sg/20110310WomenDay/index.phtml

Tuesday, March 08, 2011 5:06:14 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, February 28, 2011
ITU supports launch of new global network of women in ICT

ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré was one of the international leaders to lend his support to the launch of the new Global Network of Women ICT Decision Makers (podcast), which took place at UN headquarters in New York in conjunction with the 55th session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

The initiative of Serbia’s Minister of Communications and Information Society, Ms Jasna Matiæ, the network aims to provide support, global information exchange and mentorship for high-placed women in the information and communications (ICT) industry.

Launched by Minister Matiæ and Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women, the idea for the network emerged during ITU’s Plenipotentiary Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico, last October. It was subsequently included in Resolution 70 of that conference, garnering overwhelming support from PP-10 delegates.

In a video message to support the launch, Dr Touré said ITU was committed to promoting ICTs as tools to empower women and girls, as well as to encouraging more girls and women into the industry.

“The ICT industry offers many incentives to those looking for abundant career opportunities, engaging, cutting edge work, and substantial remuneration,” Dr Touré said. “In the world today, there are about 850 million young women aged under 24. With the ICT sector now serving as the world’s single biggest growth engine for jobs, we’re going to need their skills, their enthusiasm, and their fresh ideas.”

The ITU Secretary-General went on to express his hope that one of the major achievements of the new Global Network of Women ICT Decision Makers will be to showcase the many talented women working in the ICT field, and to promote these women as inspiring role-models for a new generation of female ICT leaders.

Other high-level leaders supporting the launch included the Ministers of Communication of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Finland, and Qatar, the Secretary-General of the Arab ICT Association, and dignitaries from Senegal and Sweden.

Monday, February 28, 2011 8:45:14 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, January 31, 2011
New high-level UN Commission charged with tracking tangible improvements in women's and children's health

ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré took part in a new high-level UN Commission charged with tracking tangible improvements in women's and children' health, which held its first meeting in Geneva on January 26.

One of the key pillars of UN Secretary-General Mr Ban Ki-moon's new Global Strategy for Women's and Children's health, the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health represents an important step forwards in improving accountability in health care projects worldwide.

The Commission is Co-Chaired by Canadian Prime Minister Mr Stephen Harper and Tanzanian President Mr Jakaya Kikwete, with Dr Touré and WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan serving as co-Vice Chairs. Its outcome, delivered at the second and final meeting in May 2011, will serve as an important stepping stone towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals.

ITU is contributing its expertise in the field of information and communication technologies (ICTs), which can serve as powerful tools in advancing information exchange and improving healthcare. "Technologies already at our disposal, such as ordinary mobile phones, can play an increasingly vital role in health care, as vehicles both for data collection and analysis, and for delivery of basic health services to communities," said Dr Touré.

Commissioners comprise 26 experts from developed and developing countries in the fields of academia, civil society and the private sector.

For quotes from the UN Secretary-General and the Commission's Co- and Vice Chairs, listen to the WHO podcast: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/multimedia/podcasts/2011/acc_20110202/en/index.html

Monday, January 31, 2011 11:33:24 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, January 17, 2011
Harnessing the power of ICTs in global health care

ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré will shortly be participating in the first meeting of a new high-level commission focused on improving global outcomes in women’s and children’s health.

Lead by WHO, and co-Chaired by President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania and Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health is charged with creating a system to track whether donations are made on time, resources are spent wisely and transparently, and women's and children's health actually improves. It has the support of UN Secretary-General Mr Ban Ki-moon, and will be co-Vice Chaired by Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO, and Dr Touré.

The Commission holds its first meeting on Wednesday January 26 at WHO headquarters in Geneva. Its 26 Commissioners include experts from around the world in the field of public health and international development. It will make concrete recommendations the best and fastest way to improve accountability by May 2011.

Dr Touré will contribute his expertise in the field of ICTs to advise on new strategies that use technologies like mobile phones as key tools for health care and data collection.

Monday, January 17, 2011 8:20:41 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, November 15, 2010
UNTV report for CNN: Kenya's Telemedicine

The gap in facilities between research hospitals in central Nairobi and clinics around the rest of Kenya is vast, but need not be unbridgeable. Reporting for CNN World View, UNTV’s Andrew Martin explains how relatively simple, low-cost technology is making a difference to a remote rural clinic in Eastern Kenya.

 

Monday, November 15, 2010 4:44:56 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, September 15, 2010
ITU Telecom launches World 2011: A brand new networking event for the global ICT community


When everyone in the world is your customer, you can't go it alone...

ITU Telecom World 2011 is much more than a talking shop, or an exhibition. It's a forum for change. It's a place where the world's telecommunications leaders come together to map out and shape the future of the industry, to make the right decisions with significant  impacts on our world.

ITU Telecom World 2011 is attended by governments, industry leaders and regulators. Through the many close networking opportunities we offer, you can influence and shape the dynamic world of ICT & telecommunications. No other event offers this opportunity.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:37:32 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, September 10, 2010
ITU and WIPO event on ICTs and Intellectual Property for Mitigating Climate change

ITU and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) have announced this week that they will co-organize a side event at the next UN Climate Change Conference, which will be held in Tianjin, China, from Monday 4 to Saturday, October 2010.

The event “The Effective Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and the Intellectual Property (IP) System for Mitigating Climate Change”, which will take place on Thursday 7th October 2010, will provide a platform where top decision-makers from governments, and experts from international organizations and the private sector can debate the potential role and impact that ICTs and the IP system can have in promoting innovation and the evolution of new technologies, and encourage/advocate broader access to those technologies for the purpose of preventing further climate change.

Additional information on the event can be found at:

http://www.itu.int/themes/climate/events/itu-wipo-unfcccOct2010.html

More about ITU´s activities on climate change and green ICTs:

http://www.itu.int/themes/climate/index.html

More about WIPO´s activities on climate change:

http://wipo.int/climate/en/

Friday, September 10, 2010 1:08:05 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, April 21, 2009
ITU Corporate Annual Report 2008 released online

The ITU Corporate Annual Report 2008 reviews the activities of the Union for 2008, in the context of its overall Strategic Plan. The Report describes how ITU is fulfilling its seven strategic goals in progress and achievements. The message from the Secretary-General considers how Members' needs are changing and how ITU's work programme has been reviewed, in light of the financial crisis. ITU Corporate Annual Report 2008 is available online free of charge.

 

 

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 6:57:21 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, February 26, 2009
ITU launches on YouTube a video contest on the future of ICTs


ITU has launched a video contest on YouTube asking young people for their vision on the future of information & communication technologies. Winners will be invited to take part in the upcoming World Telecommunication Policy Forum (WTPF). WTPF is a high-level international event to exchange views on the key policy issues arising from today’s fast changing information and communication technology (ICT) environment. WTPF 2009 will take place in Lisbon from 21-24 April


 

Thursday, February 26, 2009 5:49:21 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, October 29, 2008
High Level Segment of ITU Council 2008 (Geneva, 12-13 November) will focus on climate change and cybersecurity

The High-Level Segment (HLS) follows the opening of Council and is designed to provide Ministers and Councillors with an opportunity to exchange views on issues of strategic importance to the Union and on emerging trends in the sector.

This year, speakers will offer their perspectives on different topics around two main themes: Climate Change and ICTs and Cybersecurity
 

Further details on sessions and speakers available in the High Level Segment 2008 Programme

Find out more about ITU's actvities on climate change

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 9:53:43 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, October 20, 2008
ITU News magazine - issue 8, October 2008: World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly 2008

Issue 8, October 2008: World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly 2008

  • Global standardization in the spotlight
  • Welcome to South Africa
  • Emmy Award for ITU, ISO and IEC
  • Expectations for WTSA-08
  • Kaleidoscope 2009 - Call for papers on Innovations for Digital Inclusion
  • The Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG)
  • Combating climate change
  • More Internet addresses required
  • Ubiquitous sensor networks
  • Internet protocol television
  • Highlights from ITU TELECOM ASIA 2008
  • MoU signed by ITU and Geneva’s Observatoire Technologique
  • Official announcements
Monday, October 20, 2008 8:02:16 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, October 15, 2008
NGN Forum and IMS Forum have merged

Telecom Web is reporting that the NGN Forum and the IMS Forum, the two major trade groups promoting the convergence of telecommunication voice and data services, have merged. Both have been working to promote the integration of wired and wireless technologies, with the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) viewed as focusing on consumer markets and the NGN Forum focusing on enterprise-oriented services, using the term Unified Communications (UC) rather than IMS. Telecom Web reports that in recent months, the two had already begun cooperating in endeavors including plugfests. By combining IMS with SIP and UC, and using Service Delivery Platforms (SDP), the united organization is expected to bring together developers, service providers, integrators and solution vendors.

ITU has carried out notable work in developing the detailed standards for the deployment of NGN. ITU has launched the NGN Global Standards Initiative (NGN-GSI) to give service providers the means to offer the wide range of services expected in NGN and to harmonize different approaches to NGN architecture worldwide. ITU's Study Group 13 (SG13) has developed a standard (ITU-T Recommendation) for interworking between the two dominant technologies in NGN, Ethernet and MPLS (multiprotocol label switching). SG 13 has also done significant work in the field of Virtual Private Networks (VPN) on standards that will allow VPNs to work over all kinds of networks - optical, MPLS, IP etc.

Read more.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 8:08:16 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Signature of a MoU between ITU and Geneva's Observatoire Technologique

ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré, and Mr. Mark Muller, Conseiller d'Etat from Siwtzerland, signed today a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the area of new and emerging Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). This MoU will enable the Union and its Membership to be aware of new and emerging technologies and their potential impact to the information society and in meeting socio-economic developmental targets such as the Millennium Development Goals and WSIS Targets. It will also enable ITU to take account of emerging ICTs and new technologies in the adjustment of its work programme to meet the Union’s Strategic Goals and orientations.

The main areas of cooperation are:

  1. Future and emerging ICTs and other new technologies
  2. Sustainable development and economic growth
  3. User benefits of new technologies
  4. Emerging web technologies and applications

[Media kit...]

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 10:21:41 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Saturday, September 13, 2008
ITU TELECOM Asia 2008 - Interview with ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Toure

Video: Interview with ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré is interviewed by Tony Poulos from TelecomTV on the theme of ITU Telecom Asia 2008: New Generation, New Values.

Dr Touré explains how Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), being the tools for all other sectors of economy, are key to achieving United Nations Millennium Development Goals by 2015. Other subjects such as climate change and cybersecurity are also discussed in the course of the interview. [Full video interview...]

 

Saturday, September 13, 2008 8:22:32 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |