WTDC-14 Highlights, Issue N°1, 29 March 2014 : High-Level Dialogue

The Imminence of the “Internet of Things”

Delegates attending ITU’s sixth quadrennial World Telecommunications Development Conference now in session in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates have been given a probing glimpse of a brave new digital world in which “data is the new oil, broadband is the pipeline, and mobile devices are the cars”.

Speaking at an ITU Executive Strategic Dialogue on Broadband for Sustainable Development held on 29 March 2014 on the eve of the WTDC-14 opening ceremony, futurist Gerd Leonard told an audience of government ICT Ministers, regulators and ICT industry executives that broadband connectivity will soon be regarded as a daily necessity like water, electricity and even the very air we breathe…

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