Smart digital development was high on the agenda at last week’s ITU Telecom World 2018 event in Durban, South Africa.
During an interview at the annual event, Chaesub Lee, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB), discussed how ITU’s standardization arm, ITU-T, plays a key role in making digital development smarter for all societies.
“For ITU, and especially from ITU-T’s point of view, [we focus on] how we can bring smartness to digitalization. That is the important part. This is value,” says Mr. Lee. “We are very much [seeing] how we can bring smartness to the digitalization for all societies.”
“There are many other technologies that are transformative, but what I want to highlight at this moment is our general policy – inclusive standards.”- Chaesub Lee, Director, TSB, ITU
Lee pointed to the work of ITU-T in creating inclusive standards that enable interoperability, compatibility and security.
Inclusive standards strengthen collaboration and also open up the ITU’s membership base to participants from many other industry verticals.
“There are many other technologies that are transformative, but what I want to highlight at this moment is our general policy – inclusive standards.”
While discussing event highlights, Lee mentioned the second staging of the Smart ABC Programme at Telecom World, which was focused on technology, policy and business developments that intersect with artificial intelligence, digital financial services and urban living.
Lee also mentioned ITU’s SME Programme, which helps tech small and medium enterprises (SMEs) achieve scale and global impact.