ITU Blog: The power of Posts in delivering digital financial services

The postal system is a communication network of extraordinary proportions. There are over 660,000 post offices worldwide, the majority of them in rural areas, and each year the postal system handles traffic of over 330 billion letters and 670 million…

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ITU Blog: Networks for 5G and IoT

Towards fixed-mobile hybrid, smart ubiquitous networks  Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) in China, Japan and Korea see two fields of study as crucial to telecom and ICT standardization as we approach year 2020. The first is to support 5G mobile-wireless systems…

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ITU Blog: Mobile money and the need for coordinated convergence

Towards a robust, innovative and secure DFS ecosystem for the poor Mobile money in Kenya has brought some 70 per cent of the country’s population within reach of financial services, up from just 15 per cent in 2007. But with…

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Mobile money and Universal Service find a home in the ITU-T group for economic and policy issues

ITU-T Study Group 3 (economic and policy issues) has created a new working group on ‘economic and competitiveness aspects of mobile money services’. The group aims to harmonize approaches to the regulation and costing of mobile money services. It will…

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ITU Blog: Mobile Money: Getting banking services to the poor

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has recently taken on a new and challenging task: to promote digital financial inclusion through the adoption of technical standards. The UN Agency for Telecommunications, more commonly known for its work in fields such as radio frequency…

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1st prize at Kaleidoscope 2014: Standards convergence to enable ‘5G’

Anna Zakrzewska, Sarah Ruepp and Michael S. Berger (Technical University of Denmark) claimed the 1st prize of USD 5,000 at the recent ITU Kaleidoscope conference 2014: Living in a converged world – Impossible without standards? The winning paper is titled “Towards…

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