By Houlin Zhao – The opening of ITU Digital World 2021 a few days ago represents a special moment for the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
This latest in our Telecom conference and exhibition series had us take stock of the incredible journey of information and communication technologies (ICTs) over the last 50 years. It was also a moment to turn to the future and commit to building the digital world, together.
My message to attendees– and the world – was to seize this moment to create a better digital future for all.
A special milestone
Fifty years ago, government and industry leaders from around the world met in Geneva for the first-ever ITU Telecom.
Over the last half-century, Telecom events have provided a window into an innovative industry at the heart of life-changing advances – from the Internet to the rise of wireless networks and emerging technologies like 5G, AI and others.
As the importance of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the ICT ecosystem grew, Telecom events gave them a voice in the global debate and a platform to showcase their creativity. SMEs have become an integral part of these events since 2015. more>
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