Category SDG9 Industry Innovation & Infrastructure

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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 […]

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NTT to demo new subsea cable fibre-optic system at 1.44 petabit

Blink and you’ll more than miss it System equates to the simultaneous transmission of 5,000 HDTV films in one second 12 cores in a square lattice optimises capacity of standard 125 micron fibre But…. commercial deployment is 10 years away Submarine cables may not be the sexiest of technologies but they are robust, dependable, they […]

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ICTs use a lot of energy. What’s your organization’s ICT footprint?

Today’s digital transformation is said to have a positive effect on the environment, however, information and communication technologies (ICTs) require lots of energy. Today, almost 10% of all energy used and 4% of carbon emissions in the environment are calculated as coming from ICTs only. Sustainability has become a key aspect of technological progress, but […]

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How ICT ministries are supporting tech MSMEs and startups: new ITU report

A few months ago, when preparing the Geneva celebration of the 2016 World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD 2016) –  which focused on the theme: “ICT entrepreneurship for social impact”- our team at the ITU had a very intense discussion around the concrete role that ICT ministries* are playing around the world in support […]

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ITU standardization takes up strong position to power the smart 5G era

ITU membership has called for ITU’s standardization arm to expand its study of the wireline networking innovations required to achieve the ambitious performance targets of smart 5G systems. This call has come in parallel with ITU members’ reaffirmation of the importance of ITU’s standardization work to drive the coordinated development of ultra-high-speed transport networks, the […]

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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. […]

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Facebook’s Aquila to the rescue?

In the third installment of our sneak preview blogs by contributors to the 2016 State of Broadband Report, a team from Facebook share a unique project to expand Internet access in developing countries. The full report will be published here at 13:00 CET on 15 September 2016. Internet access can offer life-changing opportunities, information and experiences, but there […]