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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Small and Medium-sized ​​Enterprises (SMEs) ​are essential to achieving national ec​onomic growth and developm​ent objectives, including advancing the digital ecosystems that are fundamental to sustainable economic devel​opment. ​

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By participating in ITU​, an SME will h​​ave ​​the chance to network with 19​3 Member States as well as some 900 companies, universities, and international and regional organizations.​​​  T​​he company will also play an important role in the development​ of international standards, best practices and recommendations for information communication technologies or ICTs.​​​

SME participation

S​MEs are driving innovation and employment across economies, including delivering new applications and services which are  addressing challenges in areas such as health,  finance,  education and more.  

ITU gives SMEs a seat at the table  and an opportunity to  shape the future of the digital economy. 

SMEs can join as Sector Members of one or more Sectors (Radiocommunication, Telecommunication Standardization and Telecommunication Development)  or as Associates of a given Study Group. 

As of January 2020, SMEs can participate as Associates in any of the three Sectors of the Union  with reduced fees.  

​The annual reduced  fees  ​are set at CHF 3,975 in the case of SMEs from developed countries, and CHF 1,987.50 in the case of SMEs from developing countries.

SME background note​ is available here​


Criteria for reduced fee

To be eligible for these reduced fees, companies must be approved by their respective Member State as meeting national criteria for an SME.  

In addition, companies must also have fewer than 250 employees as well as annual revenues below a maximum of CHF 15 million.  

If your company is interested in joining ITU, please, submit the application form.​ ​

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SME Success Stories


​​Vaulto Technologies (Israel) contributed a technical report on the abuse of SS7 vulnerabilities to commit financial fraud. Vaulto's work promoted a new work item to raise awareness and advance the adoption of mitigation measures among telecom operators and financial institutions around the world (ITU-T Study Group 11).

In ITU-T SG16, ASTEM (Japan) contributed significant specifications for standards on accessible IPTV terminals and their testing, which are now found in (Recommendation ITU-T H.702 and Technical Paper ITU-T HSTP-CONF-H702). 

Wayfin​dr (UK) brought specifications for audio-based network navigation system for persons with vision impairment and its conformance testing (Recommendation ITU-T F.921 and Technical Paper ITU-T HSTP-CONF-F921). Wayfindr also developed an associated online training material that is available from the ITU Academy platform


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