WTSA-16 Outcomes: ITU standardization takes up strong position to power the smart 5G era

WTSA-16 accelerates support for standards work on 5G, IoT, smart cities and fintech 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…

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WTSA-16 Highlights: Mainstreaming ICT accessibility in technical standardization (+VIDEO)

Roughly a billion people live with some form of disability, making accessibility crucial to the promotion of an inclusive ICT environment. IEC, ISO and ITU have published a “Guide for addressing accessibility in standards” to assist standards experts in mainstreaming…

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WTSA-16 Highlights: ITU launches Women in Standardization Expert Group (+VIDEO)

ITU’s first Women in Standardization Expert Group (WISE) event yesterday brought together delegates and ITU staff attending the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly 2016 (WTSA-16) to learn, connect and celebrate the continued efforts towards gender equality in leadership positions. The event consisted…

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WTSA-16 Highlights: Safaricom’s Ronald Webb explains the ingredients to digital financial inclusion (VIDEO)

Developing countries have pioneered the use of digital financial services (‘mobile money’) to increase financial inclusion, capitalizing on the ubiquity of mobile phones to bring people within reach of basic financial services. There are few, if any, mobile-money services as…

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WTSA-16 Highlights: Alibaba’s Yuejin Du on data protection (VIDEO)

Alibaba Group is China’s—and by some measures, the world’s—biggest online commerce company. Its three main sites—Taobao, Tmall and Alibaba.com—support transactions between hundreds of millions of consumers and businesses. “From my own perspective, security is very crucial for the entire industry,” says…

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WTSA-16 Highlights: The importance of Artificial Intelligence (VIDEO)

“Ten years from now, almost every product or service will have some component of AI to it,” says Neil Sahota, WorldWide Business Development Leader & IBM Master Inventor at IBM Watson Group. “By 2020, 90% of data will be video…

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