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  • BDT COMMUNIQUÉ on the second meetings of ITU-D study groups for the 2022-2025 study period
    The second meetings of ITU-D study groups for the 2022-2025 study period - Study Group 1: 23-27 October 2023 and Study Group 2: 30 October - 3 November 2023 have been successfully completed. ITU-D Members are invited to read the meeting reports for SG1 and for SG2. BDT COMMUNIQUÉ is available.​
  • ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D) study groups address meaningful connectivity and digital transformation
    ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D) study groups address meaningful connectivity and digital transformation First meetings for the 2022-2025 study period kick off work on new study Questions and appoint study group rapporteurs and vice-rapporteurs
  • Contributions Repository & Dashboard (TIES protected) launched
    A new Contributions Repository & Dashboard (TIES protected) to easily search, read abstracts and access contributions for the 2018-2022 study period has been showcased during the 2022 study group meetings, and it will be available for the 2022-2025 study period. 
  • All ITU-D Study Group 1 and 2 final reports (and Q4/1 Guidelines) are online
    All ITU-D Study Group 1 and 2 final reports (and Q4/1 Guidelines) are online in ITU publications format for free public access. The reports can be accessed/downloaded from the links on a publications page and from MyITU. The versions in other UN official languages are under preparation. Please share with your network to refer to the reports - use the content in presentations, training material, toolkits and other products/services at your end – and share feedback with the secretariat on
  • Incoming Liaison Statements and any other documents received, between October 2021 and end of June 2022
    Incoming Liaison Statements and any other documents received, between October 2021 and end of June 2022, for processing and discussion at the level of ITU-D Study Groups, are temporarily posted (in the format received) in a restricted directory access for ITU-D members. These documents will be posted in the contributions area for the first meeting of ITU-D Study Groups for the 2022-2025 period, after WTDC. File 001 in the directory, lists all the documents received with additional details such as the ITU-D study questions (of 2018-2021 study period) to which they are addressed.
  • The final reports of ITU-D Question 4/1 and Question 7/1 have been launched and videos available
    The final reports of ITU-D Question 7/1 ‘Access to telecommunication/ICT services by persons with disabilities and other persons with specific needs’ and Question 4/1 ‘Economic policies and methods of determining the costs of services related to national telecommunication/ICT networks, including next‐generation network’ as well as the Q4/1 Guidelines on Cost Modelling are available to all for free with a video clips on inclusive connectivity and affordable connectivity. Versions of the reports in other official UN languages will be available soon.
  • Question 5/2 paper “Guidelines for conducting national-level emergency telecommunication drills and exercises"
    Question 5/2 paper titled “Guidelines for conducting national-level emergency telecommunication drills and exercises" have been released and are available to all for free in all UN languages.
  • ITU News: When ICTs meet agriculture: Connected melon farmers bear fruit
    Current methods of smart city governance are challenged with huge volumes of accumulated data and fragmented “islands” of information and services increasingly straining the limits of operational management. To address such atomization, smart city planning must shift increasingly from products and services to unified platforms, which can boost data integrity, encourage data sharing, support more applications, and reduce costs.
  • A new ITU study paper looks at challenges and actions being undertaken to address unsolicited commercial communications across the world
    One of the companies that offer call blocking applications claimed to have identified and blocked nearly 18 billion so-called “spam calls” in 2018, 26 billion in 2019 and 31.3 billion in 2020 according to their latest annual report.
  • The end of study cycle (2018-2020) survey for ITU-D Study Groups is now closed
    The end of study cycle (2018-2020) survey for ITU-D Study Groups is now published online for ITU memberships to complete. It is available in all UN official languages. A circular letter had been issued with deadline of 15 January 2021. Please share with relevant stakeholders whose responses will bring value to survey results.
  • First fully virtual ITU-D Study Groups plenaries and Rapporteur Group meetings successfully held
    The Study Groups (SG) plenaries and Rapporteur Group Question (RGQ) first fully virtual meetings were held during 4 weeks in September and October 2020. SG1 meetings saw the participation of 182 ITU-D Members where 124 contributions were analyzed. SG2 meetings saw the participation of 134 ITU-D Members where 99 contributions were analyzed. 14 draft final output reports (end of study cycle) and 1 guideline were presented and 3 papers (annual deliverables) were approved for release.
  • ITU News: How more inclusive ICT policy and infrastructure influence could stem the spread of COVID
    Epidemiological evidence has shown that the spread of pandemics across regions and nations follows patterns of underlying social and economic inequalities, among them digital exclusion. But how does digital exclusion impact the effectiveness of public health policies created in response to those pandemics? And how can more digitally inclusive policies be crafted in ways that could curb the spread of pandemics such as COVID-19.
  • ITU News Magazine: Beyond contact tracing: How new e-health tools are being deployed to fight COVID
    Innovative ICT solutions are being used to combat COVID-19 – and could these serve to mitigate or even prevent future pandemics? This idea was debated in the latest ITU-D Study Group 2 public webinar on New e-health solutions to fight pandemics with ICT, addressing Question 2/2: Telecommunications/ICTs for e-Health.
  • ITU News Magazine: Tech v COVID‑19: Managing the crisis (ITU-D SGs webinars featured)
    (SGs webinars featured) In this edition of our digital magazine, you will learn more about: 1) The vital role of digital technologies in this time of crisis. 2) How ICTs are being leveraged in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 3) How ITU and partners are helping to build back better.
  • ITU News: Leveraging ICTs to build back greener after COVID-19
    While COVID-19 has disrupted many societal behaviour patterns worldwide, some new, post-pandemic behavioural trends just might be worth keeping if we want to build back better – and greener
  • ITU News: Why effective disaster management needs enabling policy environments: Lesson from COVID-19
    Among the many lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic is the fact that the world’s telecommunication networks and digital infrastructure must be better prepared for disasters of all kinds. Collectively, we need to ensure that drills are carried out and rapid response measures are ready, since future disasters – including pandemics – can occur anytime, anywhere, and with little to no warning.
  • ITU News: How COVID-19 impacts telecom operators’ economics
    The discussion revealed how the pandemic created massive, and sometimes surprising, impacts on operators’ demand, revenue and costs. In this article we will look at the top 3 takeaways that emerged from the exchange. 1) Demand skyrockets and behaviours change 2) Mixed views about revenue trends 3) New infrastructure investments despite economic uncertainties
  • ITU News: The need for increased digital accessibility during COVID-19 — and beyond
    During the global COVID-19 pandemic, the availability of Internet connectivity has helped maintain business continuity, keep children in education, and ensured that people can access essential goods and services online. But the pandemic has also exposed significant areas of inequality and exclusion in the digital world, particularly for populations at risk. This includes the estimated one billion people worldwide living with some form of disability.
  • ITU launches new study paper on economic impact of OTTs
    The demand for ‘Over-the-Top’ applications (OTTs) has reshaped several aspects of the telecommunication market and transformed how people access resources for health, transportation, education, agriculture, government and financial services. An new ITU Study paper aims to help regulators, policymakers and other interested parties consider a range of factors to navigate this evolving industry landscape.
  • How cloud computing has supported the COVID-19 response
    The global COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to reinvent how we work, learn, help, engage and socialize. This ITU News article highlight some of the outcomes of Cloud for COVID-19 Response Web dialogue organized by ITU-D Study group question 3/1 on 27 May 2020.