Ascending Mount Everest with lightweight fibre-optic cable

Connecting rural citizens to broadband Internet services remains a challenge worldwide. In the United States, for instance, the prospect of a new USD 1 trillion infrastructure programme has sparked renewed interest in how best to bring rural connectivity up to…

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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…

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Upcoming ITU training sessions to develop practical skills in international standardization

The ITU ‘hands-on’ training sessions for standards experts from developing countries introduced in 2016 will this year become a staple of the services offered under the banner of ITU’s Bridging the Standardization Gap (BSG) programme. The BSG hands-on training sessions…

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ITU Blog: Are we doing enough to protect vulnerable users of mobile money?

Consumers who stand to benefit the most from innovative digital financial services (DFS) are the 2 billion adults globally who have never had access to formal financial services. The world’s poorest people perceive cash to be more reliable and cost-effective…

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Press Release: ITU-T Focus Group on Digital Financial Services publishes new position papers ahead of final meetings, 6-8 December

ITU’s dedicated Focus Group for Digital Financial Services (DFS) published today eight new reports that reveal key findings on how mobile banking services can help alleviate poverty for millions ahead of final meetings in December. “Mobile banking services bring direct…

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ITU Blog: New ITU standard can help bring broadband to rural communities

Connecting the unconnected is often described as an unprofitable exercise. My view is quite different. The Information Society cannot be truly global, a true digital reflection of humanity’s knowledge, without connecting all the world’s people. Our profit motive? Preventing social…

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