Category SDG9 Industry Innovation & Infrastructure

Five ideas to bring the world’s next four billion people online. Which will win?

As we work for progress on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), I believe that there is one intervention that will enable progress on all 17 goals: harnessing the power of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for social good. Internet, mobile and telecommunication networks have the power to connect people to health care, education and […]

Lift:Lab 2017, ‘the edgier Swiss event’, provides new model to boost innovation

Small groups congregate around giant sheets of paper, excitedly writing notes and drawing charts, so immersed in their creative flow that they barely notice movement in the room. “Everyone is trying to make innovation happen!” Augustin Solioz, Project Manager at Lift, explained when ITU News spoke to him at the 11th annual Lift conference in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]