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It may be August, but there's still a lot happening in the world of information and communication technologies (ICTs). This week, we take a look at startups in the UK and Nigeria, smart energy in Japan and operators launching Internet-of-Things (IoT) networks in Singapore. And much more.


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'Broadband backwaters'? UK startups challenge industry view (paywall) of rural areas as 'broadband backwaters.' [Meanwhile, a new ITU standard for lightweight optical cable could help provide a lower-cost, “do-it-yourself” solution to better connect people in the world’s most remote areas.]

ICT Trends

Bringing software-defined networking (SDN) out of the lab Lumina Networks entered the SDN market this week with a new way to push SDN into telco networks by making live deployment more simple through open-source technology. [How will SDN impact telcos? Here are some top trends to watch.]

IoT in Singapore: M1, Singapore’s third-largest mobile operator, has launched its nationwide Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network. Meanwhile, rival Singtel plans to roll out a commercial IoT network compatible with both LTE-M and NB-IoT technologies in September.


It's all about the content: Cable firms in the US and Europe are now embracing former foe Netflix. It's a sign of growing ICT-media convergence as providers race to control the content that keep viewers hooked. Netflix, by the way, just acquired indie comic book provider Millarworld -- it's first-ever acquisition.

Gender equality in tech: Google fires author of divisive memo on gender differences. [Meanwhile, will Uber's new women executives bring reform?]



The end of typing? The next billion mobile users will rely on video and voice, and tech companies are rethinking products for the developing world, creating new winners and losers, writes Eric Bellman. 

Driverless cars: a problem for cities? Potentially, yes, as they could signal the beginning of the end of parking tickets and other revenue sources. Some cities' budgets could take a big hit.

Keep up to date with ITU


- ITU Workshop on "Security Aspects of Intelligent Transport Systems";  ITU Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on 28 August 2017.

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


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