Not viewing this page correctly? Clear your browser cache!


July 31, 2017

Explore ICTs in Global Development at ITU Telecom World 2017

contributor: International Telecommunication Union


Visit to learn more and register for ITU Telecom World in Busan, South Korea.

Artificial intelligence can crunch the numbers on inconceivably large volumes of data, predicting trends, mitigating problems, driving a revolution in socio-economic development. AI is underway to in developing countries that can identify invasive insects on farms, and diagnose disease in a microscope linked to a cell phone. Smart machines can learn, understand, develop and, in many areas, out-perform humans. But what will be the impact on our jobs, our economies and our societies? Do we need an international code of AI ethics now, before it is too late?

Digital financial services over mobile broadband can bring the millions of unbanked into the modern economy, using Internet and communications technologies to reshape transactions, and provide an unconventional credit history for those who have never taken a loan. But where are the guarantees on security and privacy, who’s paying for all this innovation, and is it really possible for regulatory authorities from sectors as diverse as finance, transport and telecoms to work together?

Of interest to E4C’s members, ITU Telecom World 2017 this year will include ITU-D with a demonstration of the importance of ICTs in meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The Internet of Things promises to connect billions of sensors and devices to each other, to humans and to the internet, enabling those who live on just a few dollars per day to pay as they go for electricity from solar home systems connected to smart meters, and for remote communities to instantly report broken infrastructure and maintenance needs. Connected devices promise growth, sustainability and innovation across manufacturing, health, media, logistics and other sectors. Smart technologies are creating the critical infrastructure of the future. But where are the international standards? And where is the harmonized spectrum essential for global interoperability and seamless connectivity? Are regulatory and government policies ready to exploit the potential of smart technologies? At the same time, they will have toprotect consumers, provide for fair competition and ensure cybersecurity?

These questions are at the heart of ITU Telecom World 2017, the leading tech event for governments, large businesses and small and medium-sized enterprises, organized each year by the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU), the United Nation’s key agency for ICT matters. This year’s event will be held in Busan, Republic of Korea, September 25 – 28., This year’s theme is smart digital transformation, its impact and opportunities.

Visit to learn more ITU Telecom World 2017 and how to take part in Busan this September.

Busan is given its status a test bed for the deployment of IoT solutions across the urban environment. And given ITU’s role in allocating spectrum, establishing consensus on industry standards, and supporting ICTs in meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, the event may provide expert analysis – and even some answers.

ITU’s authority enables it to convene a unique global audience. Heads of state and government will come together with ministers, regulators, leading industry CEOs from major players and small and medium-sized enterprises, organizations, associations and consultants. As a UN event, it delivers an international perspective on digital transformation from emerging and developed markets.

International expertise on policy, technology and business strategy in an increasingly smart world will be evident throughout all aspects of ITU Telecom World 2017, which features an exhibition of digital solutions, a forum for sharing knowledge, an Awards Program recognizing the best in ICT innovation with social impact, and a networking hub for nations, organizations and individuals.

The event may provide expert analysis – and even some answers.

Of interest to E4C’s members, ITU Telecom World 2017 this year will include ITU-D with a demonstration of the importance of ICTs in meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The ITU Telecom World Awards recognize promising ICT-based initiatives with real social impact. The Awards are open to exhibiting and sponsoring participants, as well as to small and medium-sized enterprises entering with an application fee. The fee includes a free Exhibition Pass and access to the full SME Program of workshops, capacity-building sessions, pitching and targeted networking events.

The Awards are for a number of categories, including the Global SME Awards for the most promising and innovative solutions from small and medium enterprises; the Corporate Awards for the best solutions from larger organizations working in areas such as emerging technologies, e-education or e-health; and the Government Award for the National Pavilion organizer bringing high numbers of excellent, innovative enterprises to the event.

ITU Telecom World 2017’s combination of audience, activities and expertise offers an opportunity to explore smart digital transformation – and perhaps find answers to some of those key questions.

Visit to find out more about ITU Telecom World 2017 and how to take part in Busan this September.

tags : conference, ICTD research, research brief, telecommunication

International Telecommunication Union

Leave a Comment

Sign In to comment.

    by engineers.
    for everyone.

    E4C Membership is a curated experience! When you become a member, we will tailor a unique user profile for you based on the way you engage with our content over time. Your actions and preferences will allow us to serve you content that is most relevant to you. In addition, becoming an E4C member grants you access to exclusive engagement opportunities and the E4C newsletter.

    Join E4C and become a part of a global community that believes engineering can change the world!

    Become a Member