The 14th World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium (WTIS)
took place in Botswana, from 21 to 23 November 2016. WTIS-2016 was organized by the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and hosted by the Government of Botswana.
WTIS, first held in 1996, and annually since 2005, has evolved to become the main global forum for telecommunication and information society measurements. It includes high-level debates addressing key questions related to ICT policy and data. WTIS brings together delegates from all over the world, ranging from government ministers and business leaders to regulators, national statisticians, lead academics and ICT data producers and analysts. The objective of the Symposium is to debate new and emerging issues on ICT data and statistics and their role in policy making, to provide strategic guidance to the international community on information society trends and future monitoring. It also develops standards and methodologies for producing high-quality data and statistical indicators.
WTIS, which is usually attended by around 300-400 participants, is open to all the ITU membership and is primarily targeted at those responsible for ICT statistics in relevant Ministries, regulatory agencies, telecommunication operating companies and national statistical offices. Experts interested in the subject of information society measurements are also welcome to attend the Symposium.