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International tech experts to convene in Durban for ITU Telecom World 2018 – 10-13 September

ITU Telecom World discussions will tackle key questions around innovation for smarter digital development

Geneva, 30 August 2018


(Required to participate​)

Thousands of tech experts from around the world will be convening 10-13 September at the Dur​ban International Convention Centre in South Africa for ITU Telecom World 2018, where they will debate “Innovation for smarter digital development." The event is organized annually by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technology (ICT).

The event's Forum provides a world-class programme of interactive debates exploring the key issues of the digital age with informed opinion, expert speakers and international perspectives. This year's high-profile line-up includes, in alphabetical order:

Amani Abou-Zeid, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union; Cesar Alierta Izuel, Executive Chairman, ProFuturo Foundation; Bocar Ba, CEO, Samena Telecommunications Council; Paul Berriman, Group Chief Technology Officer, PCCW; Anne Carblanc, Head of Division on Digital Economy Policy, OECD; Thomas Chalumeau, Strategy and Development Director for Middle East and Africa, Orange; Alison Gillwald, Executive Director, Research ICT Africa; Stephen Ibaraki, Social Entrepreneur and Futurist - Chair REDDS Capital; Mmamoloko Kubayi Ngubane, South Africa Minister of Science and Technology; Shameel Joosub, CEO, Vodacom; Sipho Maseko, Group CEO, Telkom SA; Rob Middlehurst, Group Vice President of International Policy, Etisalat; Andre Müller Borges, Secretary of Telecommunications (Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications), Brazil; Neil Sahota, IBM Master Inventor, IBM Watson Group; Rob Shuter, Group President & CEO, MTN Group; and Eric White, Project Lead of Internet for All, World Economic Forum.

Headlining the Forum programme will be session​s tackling core ICT industry topics including:​​
In addition to the Forum programme, ITU ​Telecom World 2018 includes:
  • Global exhibition of digital technology solutions and investment opportunities, including national and thematic pavilions from across the globe plus independent stands from world-leading corporates and high-growth small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
  • ITU Telecom World Awards, celebrating innovative ICT initiatives with real social impact, for corporations, governments and SMEs – with a special SME programme to support business growth.
  • High-level networking events and networking app, plus dedicated business match-making services.

Who should attend?
  • SMEs, entrepreneurs and innovators
  • Ministers of ICT and related sectors such as finance, health, education, energy
  • Regulators of ICT, data and related sectors
  • Exhibitors from nations, companies and organizations around the world
  • Industry CEOs and investors
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Academics, consultants and digital thinkers
  • News editors and reporters covering tech, business, the economy, politics, science and related topics

For more information on ITU Telecom World 2018, please visit

Advance online registration for ITU Telecom World 2018 is highly recommended to avoid long queues and delays onsite and to allow for you to secure your travel visa if necessary.


​NOTE TO MEDIA: Media registration is free and ​ NOW OPEN HERE – please note that media must register and be accredited by ITU in order to participate in this event.