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The challenge of regulating new digital services

The challenge of regulating new digital services | ITU headlines | Scoop.it

A new report from the ITU on global regulatory developments related to ICT reveals a fast-evolving landscape. Sofie Maddens, Head of the Regulatory and Market Environment Division at the ITU, outlines the challenges for regulating these new digital services.

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Latest edition of Trends in Telecommunication Reform is available in digital or print format from http://www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Regulatory-Market/Pages/Trends/Trends_in-Telecommunication_Reform_2015.aspx

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The ITU says telecoms needs “light touch” regulation and a better balance between business and consumer interests

The ITU says telecoms needs “light touch” regulation and a better balance between business and consumer interests | ITU headlines | Scoop.it
The ITU has published the latest edition of its report on global ICT regulatory developments. These are the kinds of reports that the ITU excels in, and the 228 page document, “Trends in Telecommunication Reform 2015”, is stuffed full of useful statistics and analysis.
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Tecnología cambiará la regulación, afirma UIT

Tecnología cambiará la regulación, afirma UIT | ITU headlines | Scoop.it
La menor división entre servicios obliga a modificar las reglas de competencia, opina
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ITU Telecom World 2015 to refocus key ICT issues

ITU Telecom World 2015 to refocus key ICT issues | ITU headlines | Scoop.it
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World 2015 taking place in Budapest, Hungary from October 12-15, 2015 is expected to discuss a range of hot topics including the Internet of Things (IoT).
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UAE heads ‘Internet of Things’ expert group at ITU

ITU has agreed to create a new research committee for the Internet of Things. The focus is on implementing the Internet of Things to smart cities and communities in order to meet the needs of standardisation of the Internet of Things’ technologies. 

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The Internet survived the leap second

The Internet survived the leap second | ITU headlines | Scoop.it

A "leap second" threatened to wreak havoc across the Internet. But unlike the last leap second in 2012, the Internet continued on without a noticeable hitch.

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Get the FAQ on the leap second and future of the universal timescale http://www.itu.int/en/ITU-R/Documents/ITU-R-FAQ-UTC.pdf

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Development of digital societies key to APAC growth: Research reports

Development of digital societies key to APAC growth: Research reports | ITU headlines | Scoop.it
New research reports produced by the GSMA, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the Internet Society (iSOC) show that the development of digital societies have the potential to help solve key challenges faced by Asian countries.
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The leap second is coming to confuse the internet today

The leap second is coming to confuse the internet today | ITU headlines | Scoop.it

June 21st is usually seen as the longest day of the year, but in 2015, it's June 30th that technically holds that distinction. And it could be a problem. 

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Get the facts on the leap second from http://www.itu.int/en/ITU-R/Documents/ITU-R-FAQ-UTC.pdf

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The untapped potential of Africa’s ‘digital dividend’

The untapped potential of Africa’s ‘digital dividend’ | ITU headlines | Scoop.it
The switch from analogue to digital broadcasting could be worth $50bn for Africa. So why are one third of countries missing the deadline?
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Check the status of DTT deployment and the Digital Switchover around the world at www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Spectrum-Broadcasting/Pages/DSO

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NASA explains why June 30 will get extra second

NASA explains why June 30 will get extra second | ITU headlines | Scoop.it

Proposals have been made to abolish the leap second. No decision about this is expected until late 2015 at the earliest, by the International Telecommunication Union.

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Get more facts on the Leap Second from http://www.itu.int/en/ITU-R/Documents/ITU-R-FAQ-UTC.pdf

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ITU defines 5G network and decides to demo by PyeongChang 2018 Olympics

ITU defines 5G network and decides to demo by PyeongChang 2018 Olympics | ITU headlines | Scoop.it

International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has officially agreed on fifth-generation (5G) networks definition. The world's first international event to demonstrate and showcase the 5G technology will be during the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games 

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ITU outlines 5G roadmap towards 'IMT-2020'

ITU outlines 5G roadmap towards 'IMT-2020' | ITU headlines | Scoop.it
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) established a roadmap for the standardisation of 5G technologies and confirmed that the IMT-2020 label will be applied to the next generation of mobile standards.
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At Least 48 Countries Have Made DTV Switch

At Least 48 Countries Have Made DTV Switch | ITU headlines | Scoop.it

At a conference in 2006, ITU set a target date of June 17, 2015 for countries in Region 1 (Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia and the Islamic Republic of Iran) to complete the transition. At least 48 countries have made the switch to digital TV. 

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Social media accounts touch 2-billion mark: ITU report

Social media accounts touch 2-billion mark: ITU report | ITU headlines | Scoop.it

If social media is a country, its population is way bigger than India and China. The total number of social media account holders in the country has crossed the 2-billion mark in January. And, on average each user is spending 145 minutes a day on different social platforms, according to the ITU.

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Access ITU's Trends in Telecommunication Reform report from http://www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Regulatory-Market/Pages/Trends/Trends_in-Telecommunication_Reform_2015.aspx

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Govt moves to protect children from cyber attacks

Govt moves to protect children from cyber attacks | ITU headlines | Scoop.it

At Child Online Protection workshop, Rwanda calls for concerted efforts to protect children from cyber attacks as the country races into rapid socio-economic transformation.

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UIT anuncia dará seguimiento a campos electromagnéticos

UIT anuncia dará seguimiento a campos electromagnéticos | ITU headlines | Scoop.it

La Unión Internacional de Telecomunicaciones (UIT), dará seguimiento en el país al tema de los campos electromagnéticos (CEM) y sus posibles efectos en la salud, y al proyecto de inclusión de universidades y de Pequeñas y Medianas Empresas (Pymes) en el organismo mundial, anunció hoy el Instituto Dominicano de las Telecomunicaciones (Indotel).

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Accelerating innovation at ITU Telecom World 2015

Accelerating innovation at ITU Telecom World 2015 | ITU headlines | Scoop.it

ITU Telecom World 2015 will focus strongly on the role of SMEs, and the hubs, accelerators and incubators that support and foster them, providing a platform to share results, promote global collaboration and enable digital entrepreneurship for social good. 

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No, the ITU has not defined 5G as a 20Gbps technology

You may have read that the ITU has decided that for a network to be considered 5G – which means it will conform to IMT2020 recommendations – it must offer peak speeds of 20Gbps.
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Follow progress on IMT-2020 at http://www.itu.int/en/ITU-R/study-groups/rsg5/rwp5d/imt-2020

To join work on identifying the network standardization requirements for the '5G' development of International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) for 2020 and beyond, see www.itu.int/en/ITU-T/focusgroups/imt-2020

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Global markets spooked by looming 'leap second'

Global markets spooked by looming 'leap second' | ITU headlines | Scoop.it
Markets around the globe are frantically trying to avoid a leap second that threatens to disrupt global trading on Tuesday.
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Get the facts on the leap second from http://www.itu.int/en/ITU-R/Documents/ITU-R-FAQ-UTC.pdf

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"Leap second" to be added to the clock Tuesday

"Leap second" to be added to the clock Tuesday | ITU headlines | Scoop.it
The day will be one second longer than usual to compensate for the fact that Earth's rotation is slowing down
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Get the facts on the leap second from http://www.itu.int/en/ITU-R/Documents/ITU-R-FAQ-UTC.pdf

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5G standardization plan settled

5G standardization plan settled | ITU headlines | Scoop.it
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has agreed on the definition of fifth-generation (5G) networks, a key technological requirement and its schedule to commercialize the technology by 2020.
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With 61 Seconds in a Minute, Markets Brace for Trouble

With 61 Seconds in a Minute, Markets Brace for Trouble | ITU headlines | Scoop.it

In November, members of the International Telecommunication Union will meet and discuss whether to retain the leap second.

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Get the facts on the Leap Second from http://www.itu.int/en/ITU-R/Documents/ITU-R-FAQ-UTC.pdf

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5G networks could hit 20Gbps by 2020

5G networks could hit 20Gbps by 2020 | ITU headlines | Scoop.it
At a meeting in California, the International Telecommunication Union sets out its vision for the future of 5G networking
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IMT-2020 is the future of mobile -- but you can keep calling it 5G

IMT-2020 is the future of mobile -- but you can keep calling it 5G | ITU headlines | Scoop.it
The ITU has chosen a formal name for the next generation, coming in 2020
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