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First commercial launch in Europe

Swisscom announced that it has launched Europe’s first commercial service in Switzerland. Today, 1,000 customers are using a connection, which can reach speeds of 500Mbps. “According to our current planning there will be about 100,000 connections [by] end of 2017,” Armin Schädeli, a spokesman for Swisscom, told ITU News. RELATED: providers […]


The #NewUrbanAgenda and smart cities: thoughts from #Habitat3

This week, ITU was at UN Habitat III talking about Smart Sustainable Cities. ICT advancements have enabled new approaches, tools and mechanisms for improving the quality of urban life, boosting social prosperity, and positively impacting on the growth and competitiveness of economies and cities around the world. Today, roughly 50% of the world’s population live in a city; this […]


#ITUdata: key to achieve socio-economic development

To celebrate #WorldStatisticsDay, Cosmas Zavazava looks at how ITU statistics can help achieve the SDGs. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes the great potential of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to improve socio-economic development. #ITUdata helps us accomplish a noble mission: to unlock the full potential of ICTs for the achievement of the Sustainable Development […]


Maximising access to broadband

A range of policy options are available to maximize access to broadband and to maximize its benefits. Policy-makers must regularly review and revise regulatory frameworks to encourage the development of broadband and ICTs. According to ITU’s Trends in Telecommunication Reform Report 2015, many countries have adopted or are in the process of adopting more flexible […]


The impact of VR on storytelling and consumer industries

Virtual Reality (VR) and 360 technologies are spreading rapidly throughout both the broadcast and consumer electronics industries. On 17 October 2016, ITU hosted the Seminar on Virtual Reality and 360 in Broadcasting which presented the current state of the industry, and looked at topics including: what is VR?; VR storytelling; and its next steps. ITU asked […]


Google and Facebook invest in trans-Pacific infrastructure

Google and Facebook have teamed up to build the largest-capacity trans-Pacific undersea internet cable to date, between Los Angeles to Hong Kong. The 12,800 km Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN) will have an estimated cable capacity of 120 Tbps once completed in 2018 – double the speed of FASTER, which is also backed by Google. […]


UAE launches World Green Economy Organisation

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has launched the first World Green Economy Organisation (WGEO), which aims to boost the global green economy through consultations and technical, financial and moral support. It also hopes to be a primary reference for green sector parties undertaking research in clean energy, the environment and human protection. We asked Nasser […]