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With ITU Council Working Groups underway, here are your key ICT trends and insights for this week: India has 'overtaken' China as the mobile industry's key growth market; Costa Rica set to lift pricing controls; and how cyber defenders can ‘catch up’ to attackers.  


ITU Newsletter How ICT standards can align with innovation ITU-T Director, Chaesub Lee, explains the importance of ITU’s role in developing key standards ahead of ITU’s World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA) from 25 October to 3 November in Tunisia. Don’t miss our new standardization infographic

ICT Trends

Mobile: India has overtaken China to become the mobile industry’s key growth market, according to GSMA’s new Global Mobile Trends report.Meanwhile, OTT player Reliance Jio claims to have signed up a record 16 million 4G subscribersin less than a month. [Yet 2G remains important to rural India, so why did a recent state-funded project not gain bids from operators?

IoT: Europe wants IoT regulation The European Commission will push for improved security regulation for IoT devices, saying it wants a certification process to ensure users are protected following increased device exploitation. Meanwhile, Deutsche Telekom will launch a multi-IoT platform to unite different IoT platforms, saying that it will solve IoT’s fragmentation problem. 

Competition: Costa Rica’s telecoms watchdog, Sutel, has recommended lifting current pricing controls in some markets. Last year, Costa Rica was the most improved country in terms of ranking in ITU’s ICT Development Index, a gain Sutel's president attributed largely to opening up competition. Will the new move improve their success as a 'model' for accelerating ICT development? 


Connectivity: Nepal Telecom is set to launch 4G services by the end of the year, the first telco in the country to do so. Meanwhile, MTN and Etisalat follow Globacom with 4G launch in Nigeria. And Botswana’s BTC is preparing for 4G launch. [Botswana will host the ITU’s 14th World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium from 21 to 23 November.]



Cyber defenders playing catch up? With the rising cost of cybercrime, how can businesses better defend their networks? By taking cybersecurity seriously, argues Frode Hommedal, speaking to ITU News. (We hope this article won’t contribute to your ‘security fatigue’!)

What if there were more women in tech? Zoe Kleinman asked a group of women working in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) how the world might be different today if there were more women working in these industries.

Keep up to date with ITU


- ITU Seminar on Virtual Reality and 360 in Broadcasting; Geneva, Switzerland, 17 October 2016

- World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-16); Yasmine Hammamet, Tunisia, 25 October - 3 November


- ITU Telecom World 2017 will be held in Busan, Republic of Korea, from 25-28 September 2017.

- Recent blog! Will ADTRAN rollout help Europe’s new ‘gigabit society’ initiative?

- New videos! On ITU’s YouTube channel

- Read the latest ITU News Magazine here

CORRECTION: Due to a typographical error, last week’s newsletter misrepresented the number of jobs a new European Union-backed study expects 5G rollout to create. The correct figure is two million.

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