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Join ITU Digital World 2021 for expert-led debates, international insights and the perspectives of government and industry leaders exploring the realities of digital transformation – together.

Discussions in September focus on infrastructure, the basis of connectivity – and each debate is followed by an informal online networking session open to all participants.  See the full event calendar - and register now to take part!

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Space for change: satellites in the service of digital transformation
Wednesday 15 September, 13:30 – 14:45 (Geneva time)

Advances in satellite technology, changing business models, growing demand for services: the satellite industry is expanding. How is the evolution of satellite technology affecting space orbit allocation – is there space in space? Which satellite constellations have already launched, what challenges have they faced and who are they serving? What new partnerships, services and value propositions does it offer? Join our expert speakers:

Mohammed Alotaibi,
Deputy Governor for Radio Spectrum, Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), Saudi Arabia

Alexandre Vallet,
Chief, Space Services Department, Radiocommunication Bureau, International Telecommunication Union

Sonia Jorge,
Executive Director and Director of Digital Inclusion Programs, Alliance for Affordable Internet (Web Foundation)

Arman Biturganov,
Head of Division, Ministry of Digital Development, Innovations and Aerospace Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Kevin Choi,

David Goldman,
Director of Satellite Policy, Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX)

Luke Ibbetson,
Head of R&D,
Vodafone Group Plc.

Yulia Kulikova,
Head of Regulatory Affairs, Astrocast SA

Julie Zoller,
Head of Global Regulatory Affairs, Project Kuiper, Amazon

Managing growth, managing spectrum: best practices in spectrum harmonization
Wednesday 22 September, 13:30 – 15:00 (Geneva time)

Why is global harmonization of spectrum so important for satellite, science, broadcasting, mobile, fixed and other radiocommunication services? How can we ensure services have enough spectrum for current and future needs? What are the challenges of spectrum harmonization - and what initiatives are currently being implemented?  Join our expert speakers:

Joanne Wilson,
Deputy Director, BR, International Telecommunication Union

Alexander Schwarz,
Vice-chair-elect, Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR), International Maritime Organization

Nan Li,
Deputy Director of Wireless and Terminal Technology Institute, China Mobile Research Institute

Ruy Pinto,

Luiz Felippe Zoghbi,
Spectrum Manager, GSMA

Stephen Michael Talbot,
Head of International Spectrum Policy,
Office of Communications - Ofcom, United Kingdom

Victor D. Sparrow,
Director, Spectrum Policy and Planning, National Aeronautics and Space Administration - NASA, United States

Uwe Baeder,
Director, International Relations, Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG

Elena Puigrefagut,
Senior Project Manager, Technology & Innovation, European Broadcasting Union

Kenneth Holmlund,
Head of Space Systems and Utilization, World Meteorological Organization

Osamu Kamimura,
Vice President and Head of Spectrum Policy Office, SoftBank Corporation

Loftur Jonasson,
Chief/CNSS, International Civil Aviation Organization

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Networking online

Connect with speakers and fellow participants in an informal online networking session immediately after each Forum debate. Click on the link in the chat or in your session reminder mail, create your avatar and join the conversation – you can video chat on a one-to-one basis or in groups, visit ITU stands – and enjoy our 50th anniversary celebrations!

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Virtual Exhibition

Organized by event co-host the Government of Viet Nam, the ITU Digital World 2021 Virtual Exhibition features 2D and 3D National Pavilions, business booths, conference and networking facilities. Discover the national ICT strategies, projects and initiatives of countries from around the world - and connect with major tech players in the ASEAN region through industry stands, presentations and networking events. Open from 12 October – register now to visit or contact us to exhibit!

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