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August 29, 2017

5 things to watch for at ITU Telecom World 2017

By ITU News

ITU Telecom World 2017 is the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) marquee event, which provides a global platform for governments, regulators, industry leaders, consultants and experts to connect and explore partnerships with tech startups. It’s about bringing technologies, ideas and people together to make the world better, sooner.

Here are five things to watch at this year’s ITU Telecom World:

1. Smart Korea

ITU Telecom World 2017 is hosted in the city of Busan, by the Republic of Korea, one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world.

The event will showcase state of the art technologies and services from Korea and around the world. And participants will see many of the reasons why Korea consistently ranks No. 1 on ITU’s ICT Development Index.

For example, Korea-based KT Corporation, the official telecommunications service partner for the upcoming PyeongChang Winter Olympics 2018, will be premiering advanced 5G technologies and 5G-related services. Visitors can experience 5G technologies, explore and interact with world-first trendy 5G-based services from SK Telecom, K-ICT Week, Korea-based Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and other exhibitors.

In addition, the city of Busan is known as a pioneer Internet of Things (IoT) test-bed city. It is one of Korea’s leading Smart Cities and an exemplary model of IoT-based public services including: smart transportation and tourism infrastructure; disaster management for public safety; reduction of energy consumption; and a citizen-driven Smart City project to improve quality of life through IoT technology.

2. Smart ABC Programme

With artificial intelligence (AI) poised to impact all industries, a new track of ITU Telecom World this year is focused on the intersection between three leading areas of technological development – AI, Banking, and Cities.

The Smart ABC programme will host cross-sectoral Forum debates and interactive exhibitions at the Smart ABC Pavilion to explore a broad range of topics on the future of AI as it relates to innovative banking and smart sustainable cities.

3. ITU Telecom World Awards

The prestigious ITU Telecom World Awards recognize innovative ICT-based solutions with real social impact from small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and corporate initiatives around the world.

The success of SMEs is key to global ICT industry growth and socio-economic development. A full SME Programme at Telecom World is planned to help tech SMEs boost growth, scale-up business activities, and reach global impact.

Pitching, masterclasses, networking activities in a dedicated SME space, as well as Forum debate sessions will promote international visibility to global investors for the participating SMEs.

4. Forum and Exhibition

With truly international perspectives, the Forum sessions will host lively and informed debates around the issues that is shaping the future of ICT sector from a unique mix of representatives from emerging and developed markets, public and private sectors, SMEs and corporates from across the ICT ecosystem and around the world.

Experts from across the industry, including government regulators and Ministers, will weigh-in on these issues. The 2017 Event Programme features debates on a range of high-impact topics including: new approaches to connectivity; the importance of content and capacity; digital literacy and skills for the smart era; cybersecurity; digital inclusion; building resilience for the digital future and much more.

The interactive Exhibition area features National Pavilions showcasing their local ICT solutions from countries around the world along with Exhibitors representing the world’s leaders in tech.

5. App-enabled networking

Not to be overlooked, the popular Event App from ITU Telecom World is the one-stop shop for networking, offering tools and services for connecting with delegates, speakers, exhibitors, sponsors and all ITU Telecom World 2017 participants.

The app includes the up-to-date listing and details of all sessions, activities and exhibitions. It also features the newly launched Business Matchmaking Services and Contact Facilitation Services.

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