In a world of converging technologies, new stakeholders continue entering the digital space, and ITU’s membership has kept evolving to reflect this.
In addition to the traditional telecom and satellite operators and equipment manufacturers, ITU’s membership also now includes Internet providers, tower manufacturers, Internet of Things services, artificial intelligence (AI) platforms, digital health and finance firms, and a host of other specialized concerns.
Today’s private sector members reflect the rapidly changing nature of the world’s digital economy, where connected platforms and applications are essential to all aspects of production, trade, and services. ITU is now attracting cross-cutting participation from companies operating largely outside the tech sector, including automakers, transport providers, and utilities.
Private sector entities join ITU as Sector Members or Associates. This allows them to contribute to the development of standards and identification of best practices at the global level; engage in global and regional debates and discussions; launch innovative public-private partnerships for specific projects; and engage directly with ICT regulators and policy-makers, as well as with experts from industry and academia.
Sector Members and Associates have played a vital role in ITU’s work since 1992, enhancing the capacity of ITU’s worldwide body of Member States to address emerging issues and rapid changes in the telecommunication/ICT sector. Sector Members can engage broadly within their chosen ITU Sector, while Associates can participate in a specific Study Group.