Author Archives: itu4u

zoller blog

ITU makes history as women lead Council 2016

ITU made history today as the governing Council opened its annual session. For the first time, two women are leading the Council. Ms Julie Zoller, Senior Deputy Coordinator for International Information Communications and Information Policy at the United States State Department, took the reins as Chair with Ms Eva Spiny, Director, Spectrum Management Planning for […]


Protecting the most vulnerable users online

Access to information and communication technology (ICT) provides young people with new opportunities for self-development, education and creativity. ITU estimates that six out of 10 children between three and 17 years old, use the Internet at home (2013). Moreover, 30 per cent of the world’s youth are digital natives, having been online for five years […]


ICT SMEs are vital for socioeconomic growth

ICT-enabled entrepreneurs and small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have a particularly relevant role in ensuring economic growth in a sustainable and inclusive manner. They are involved in the development of innovative ICT-enabled solutions with a unique potential to make a long-lasting impact in global, regional and national economies. In recognition of this, the theme for World […]

itu-t blog

What will the rise of open source mean for standardization and 5G?

Open-source software makes its source code free for all to use, alter and share, giving a community of developers the freedom to extend software’s functionality and applicability. Industry players developing proprietary software were among the first to feel the disruption from open-source developments, but with the emergence of network ‘softwarization’ – demonstrated by the growing […]

grab blog

Grab’s proactive approach to regulatory affairs

Innovation is often associated with disruption when new ways of operating upset the status quo. Consequently, the timing of policy and regulation needs to be carefully aligned with the pace of innovation and growth. As such, governments are increasingly embarking on consultations with private businesses and other stakeholders when introducing or reviewing innovation policies that […]

IHS blog

Mobile payments in China: Can Apple and Samsung compete with Alipay?

Some two billion people still lack access to traditional banking services. Yet, with seven billion mobile subscriptions worldwide, there is a significant opportunity to connect the “unbanked” to digital financial services. There is also a massive opportunity to provide better mobile payment solutions to those who do have bank accounts in the world’s biggest markets. And while […]

smart cities blog

Report: Smart Cities need standardized IoT

Smart City planners might be tempted to go for non-open standard IoT solutions Extra costs will result The solution is to push for open standards Smart City planners may be in a somewhat of a double bind. On the one hand they want to deploy technology now to pursue various goals around power or traffic […]


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