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German regulator rules on Facebook-WhatApp data sharing; fighting diseases through technology gets a boost with USD 3 billion pledge; and what do telecom reforms in Argentina and China mean?


ITU Newsletter The Broadband Digital Divide takes centre stage Women and girls play a vital part in sustainable global development. Doreen Bogdan-Martin explains how ITU and UN Women’s new global initiative, EQUALS, hopes to help level the digital gender playing field. [Learn more about ITU’s gender programmes here.]

ICT Trends

IoT: Secure and safe? Symantec reported that due to weak security, consumer IoT devices are used to perpetrate DDoS attacks, similar to the 600Gbps attack on KrebsOnSecurity. What does this mean for the future of IoT security?

Telecoms reform: Argentina’s telecoms market could attract USD20 billion of investment over four years due to recent reforms, the country’s communications minister said. Meanwhile, China Mobile is facing state reorganisation as part of a wider 5-year-plan to create innovative and globally competitive enterprises, according to Beijing media.


Cybersecurity: Up to 500 million Yahoo user accounts were compromised in late 2014, the company recently said. Will this impact Verizon’s imminent USD4.8 billion takeover? Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of Cisco devices have been affected by a cybersecurity vulnerability that could allow hackers to access to data in the device’s memory.

Connectivity: Fall behind despite boom? The number of mobile internet users in Latin America is set to grow 50% by end 2020 says a new GSMA study, but the region is poised to fall behind industrial IoT adoption according to Cisco. [The State of Broadband 2016 report is available here.]


  • Privacy: German regulators have ordered Facebook to stop collecting information about WhatsApp’s 35 million German users over concerns of digital privacy.
  • 2G: A state-funded extension of 2G mobile services to unserved areas in the North East region of India received no interest from operators. What does this mean for global connectivity targets?
  • E-health: The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative pledged USD3 billion to help fight all diseases through technology such as machine learning software. And Oticon launched Opn, an internet-enabled hearing aid that connects to IoT devices. [Learn about ITU’s e-health initiatives here.]
  • Drones: Nokia will open Europe’s first drone-based Smart City traffic management test facility at Twente Airport in the Netherlands. An exciting development but some analysts question safety.
  • Training: Agenda 2063, Africa Union’s framework for positive socioeconomic development, will require greater investment in STEM training for young people to help support rapid urbanization, says Chairperson of the African Union Commission. [Learn about International Girls in ICT Day here.]


Fintech drives more than finance Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa may be some of the first to successfully complete the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, all thanks to mobile money argues Noa Wolfson. [Tell us about your #ICT4SDG successes here.]

Why you need to speed up digital transformation 40% of today’s businesses will not exist in 10 years says Bas Boorsma, Director Internet of Everything & City Digitization, North Europe at Cisco. To avoid this ‘Digital Darwinism’, companies must embrace change – fast.

Keep up to date with ITU


- Americas Week on Digital Broadcasting and Regional Conference on Spectrum Management; Mexico City, Mexico, 10 – 14 October 2016

- 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


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