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The Broadband Gender Divide Takes Center Stage

Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Chief of the Strategic Planning and Membership Department of ITU and Executive Secretary of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development provides some key insights from the recently published 2016 State of Broadband Report. The 2016 State of Broadband Report published by the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development offers plenty of good news, data, […]


Los Angeles deploys latest IoT tech in pilot with Philips Lighting

Los Angeles is implementing the latest IoT (Internet of Things) technology onto its streetlights to monitor noise as a way of gathering various data points from around the city. Ed Ebrahimian, the Director of the Bureau of Street Lighting for Los Angeles, told Cities Today that Chicago has a similar programme, called Array of Things, but […]


The State of Broadband 2016 report: Key questions answered (VIDEO)

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) cannot be achieved without affordable and universal access to ICTs and broadband connectivity, according to members of the UN Broadband Commission who met on 18 September for the annual Commission meeting, held on the eve of the opening of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly in […]


Cisco’s IoT pivot highlights tech industry’s digital transformation

Cisco is in the midst of a digital transformation toward becoming a more software-focused company. One need only look at its recent acquisitions to see the pivot toward the Internet of Things (IoT) and the cloud that many other mature tech companies are also making as the industry adapts to rapidly changing service provider and […]


Zain, UNHCR and Facebook collaborate to support Connectivity for Refugees initiative in Jordan

More than 724,000 refugees to receive free high-speed internet access for five years Initiative addresses the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) At the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development meeting in New York held on 18 September 2016, Zain Group, a mobile operator across the Middle East and Africa, announced a collaboration with the United […]


SDN: Why Orange will test AT&T’s open-source ECOMP platform

Orange is the first telco to use AT&T’s open source SDN platform News comes just two months after AT&T migrated the code to the Linux Foundation Orange will follow initial lab tests with a field trial France-based telco Orange plans to test AT&T’s ECOMP platform for creating and managing a software-defined network (SDN). The news […]


Refugee crisis: UNHCR puts mobile and Internet at centre of innovative response

One of the biggest and fastest exoduses of refugees in modern history was when more than two million Rwandese Hutus fled into neighbouring countries of the Great Lakes region of Africa in 1994. In just two days — April 28 and 29 that year — more than 200,000 Hutus crossed into Tanzania at Rusomo Falls. Global TV networks […]