Category Infrastructure

Why Facebook is partnering to build a fiber-optic backhaul network in Uganda

Facebook recently announced that it will build a 770-km fiber backhaul network in North Western Uganda by the end of the year, partnering on the project with India’s Airtel and East African wholesaler Bandwidth & Cloud Services Group (BCS) to provide Internet access to some three million people. The new fiber ring in Uganda would aim […]

Quantum computing: New threats require new security approaches

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming smarter, faster, and more humanlike thanks to the inevitable rise of quantum computing. “While today’s computers can find patterns buried in vast amounts of existing data, quantum computers will deliver solutions where data may be incomplete or patterns cannot be seen because the number of exploration paths to get to […]

Working together to control website defacement: lessons from Colombia

As Internet users worldwide consume ever-increasing amounts of data, cybercriminals are using more sophisticated techniques to exploit new vulnerabilities daily. Attacks on websites can have different purposes and one of them is the introduction of unauthorized modifications, or website defacement. Last month for example, security firm, Trend Micro, found cyber criminals injected fake content on […]

Can blockchain help with smarter energy consumption?

Finance, medicine and education – “this is where blockchain is really going to take off in the short term,” says Ashley Pilipiszyn, PhD researcher at University of Geneva. The potentially game-changing technology that instantaneously transfers information over a distributed network is already changing how transactions take place online, making them more transparent and secure thanks to […]

Bridging the Standardization Gap: lessons from the Caribbean

“In perusing the work of BSG [ITU’s Bridging the Standardization Gap programme], I was pleased to note that its main goals include addressing the disparities in the ability of developing countries to access and influence international ITU telecommunication standards, and facilitating the efficient participation of developing countries in ITU’s standards-making process as well as disseminating information […]

New study reveals costly impact of counterfeit smartphones

The effect of counterfeiting on smartphone sales worldwide is estimated at 184 million units, valued at 45.3 billion EUR or 12.9% of total sales, according to a new report from the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), in collaboration with ITU. The study, which aimed to estimate the economic impact of counterfeiting in the legitimate sector, analysed […]

Powering smart grid roll-out

The race is on to upgrade current electric power systems to “smart grids” by incorporating information and communication technologies (ICTs) to deliver power more efficiently, reliably and sustainably. The global Smart Grid as a Service market is expected to more than quadruple in the next decade, from $1.3 billion in 2016 to $6 billion in […]