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Here are your top ICT trends for this past week: The European Union moves closer to banning roaming charges, the G20 holds its first digital economy ministerial meeting and Indian ecommerce company Flipkart raises USD 1.4 billion from eBay, Microsoft and Tencent.


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Startups: A USD 150 million fund, The Engine, will back advanced technology startups others find ‘too hard.’ Meanwhile, the Seedstars Summit in Lausanne, Switzerland brought tech startups and investors together last week to discuss  innovation in emerging markets. ITU News spoke to Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore at the event. Check out our podcast for more.

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Artificial Intelligence: Google's 'AlphaGo' is partnering with the China Go Association and the Chinese Government to test the upper limits of its AI at a summit in May. [Next week, ITU will host a briefing on AI for Good at the United Nations headquarters in New York.]

5G: Can component suppliers shake up 5G value chains? The vastly increased performance criteria for new 5G networks creates pressure - and opportunity - for component suppliers, such as Xilinx, which attended ITU's recent North American CTO Meeting on the importance of standardization.


Regulation: The European Parliament has taken a final step to abolish EU roaming charges. It's the latest in the EU's plan to end roaming charges by June 15. [Learn more about ITU's Mobile Roaming Cost Analysis Tool and our Let's Roam the World initiative.]



Smart City security 'Cyber security considerations should be on par with every design and architecture requirement when considering smart city strategies,' says Peter Tran of RSA Security.

#ICT4SDG: How ICTs can fast forward progress on the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs), by ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.

Keep up to date with ITU


- ITU Workshop on Digital Financial Services and Financial Inclusion; Washington, D.C., United States, 19 April 2017  

- ITU Briefing on Artificial Intelligence for Good; New York, United States, 20 April, 2017

- International Girls in ICT Day; Worldwide, 27 April 2017 


- New blogs! Read interviews with industry leaders, insights into the latest tech news and other ICT stories from around the world on the ITU Blog

- New videos! On ITU’s YouTube channel

- Read the latest ITU News Magazine here

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