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Last week we focused on the connected car. This week we look at the 'connected cow' and other AgriTech stories from around the globe. We also dive into tech startup news as we prepare for ITU Telecom World. Plus, much more in this edition of ITU News Weekly.


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Tech SMEs and startup growth: GoGoVan becomes Hong Kong’s first $1 billion startup. But what is the role of the public sector in supporting tech micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and startups? Read what 8 ICT ministries are doing to build effective startup ecosystems in their countries. Meanwhile, preparations are underway for ITU Telecom World in Busan, Rep. of Korea, with a dedicated track to support startups and SMEs along with the Telecom Awards for best startups.

ICT Trends

Mobile Money: Alipay expands their services in South Africa and Airtel Payments Bank reaches 2 million card milestone. But do farmers really want to be paid in mobile money? Here are 3 ways to improve mobile money adoption in agriculture.

AgriTech: Fujitsu bets on 'Connected Cow Technology' to transform farms and make big impacts on the global food supply. In Ghana, two startups win $100,000 at the Kosmos AgriTech Competition for their best agritech solutions. FAO estimates that by 2050, we will need to produce 70% more food than ten years ago to feed the global population. Innovative tech solutions will be needed to meet the demands.

Internet of Things: IoT is disrupting the logistics industry – and spurring opportunities. It's estimated that IoT in India may end up contributing 15 per cent to telcos' revenue. But a global skills shortage puts IoT development at risk, says a new Inmarsat report.

Crypto currencies: "Initial coin offerings" (ICOs) are becoming a big trend in tech startup funding -- and the first ICO unicorns are here, but what does $1 billion in total coinage actually mean? China has officially banned ICO funding while Estonia is proposing to launch its own cryptocurrency, 'estcoins,' which could make it the first country with an Initial Coin Offering. [In May, ITU created a new focus group to investigate digital currency, including digital fiat currency.]



Visualizing gender inequality: Katja Iversen, CEO of Women Deliver, shows us 7 charts that demonstrate gender inequality around the world.

Blockchain for refugees: How is blockchain kickstarting the financial lives of refugees? Finland's use of a digital money system for asylum seekers shows what blockchain technology can offer the unbanked.

Keep up to date with ITU


- ITU Telecom World; Busan, Republic of Korea, 25-28 September.

- World Telecommunication Development Conference; Buenos Aires, Argentina, 9-20 October.

- World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium; Tunisia, ​14-16 November.


- Nominate projects helping close the gender digital divide for the ITU and UN Women EQUALS in Tech Awards until 15 September. 

- ITU News recently launched a new beta site. Have a look and let us know what you think!

- New videos! On ITU’s YouTube channel

- Read the latest ITU News Magazine here

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