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As the United Nations General Assembly gathers steam in New York, we take a look at the UN Broadband Commission's call for fresh efforts to close the digital divide.

Meanwhile, ITU Telecom World prepares to discuss how smart digital transformation can open up a world of opportunities.


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Broadband for all: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called broadband 'a remarkable tool' to accelerate the UN's Sustainable Development Goals ahead of the Broadband Commission's meeting in New York this week. But the Commission cautioned that not enough is being done to provide broadband for all. [Read the State of Broadband Report 2017, which issues 5 key recommendations to spur development.]

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Digital transformation: How can telcos use the latest emerging technologies to transform their businesses? The question will be a hot topic at next week's ITU Telecom World event. Guy Kawasaki offered telcos 10 key lessons at the Asian Carriers Conference last week.

Tech vs. terrorism: UK Security Minister Ben Wallace called on tech giants to 'do more' to combat extremism in the wake of last week's London bombing. Similar pressure is growing in the US. And China announced this summer that it's investigating companies like Tencent and Baidu for giving users an avenue to spread violence and terror.



Reinventing telcos: What's needed now? And what's next? Dean Bubley on how some telcos are trying to 'turn the supertanker.'

Why flexible standards are so important: Requirements for different industries will be different, and that demands flexibility, says Ericsson's Jan Färjh

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. 

-The new ITU Journal: ICT Discoveries has extended the submission deadline to 16 October with a Call for Papers on the impact of AI on communication networks and services. Learn more here.

- 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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