• A.I. for Good Global Summit to be hosted by ITU in Geneva

    AI innovation will be central to the achievement of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and will help solving humanity's grand challenges by capitalizing on the unprecedented quantities of data now being generated on sentiment behavior, human health, commerce, communications, migration and more.

  • Building the SMART Future 2017: A successful first edition

    The first edition of “Building the SMART Future” conference was organized on December 7th, 2017 at the Meydan Hotel, Dubai, UAE. The conference highlighted the latest smart cities trends and technologies and tackled the challenges that governments and telcos are facing in their journey to make their cities smarter.

    Panels discussed artificial intelligence and its impact on transportation, employment and health sectors in addition to IoT being a driver of smart cities around the world. 

    In addition, the conference hosted the ITU CXO meeting. ITU hosted the first CXO meeting in October 2016 in Tunisia. The conclusion of the first CXO meeting went on to feed discussions in ITU on the promotion of OTT (over-the-top) innovation, possible regulatory approaches to OTT, and the value of partnerships between OTT players and network operators 



  • Digital inclusion: is the MENA region there yet?

    As technological innovation accelerates towards a more intelligent society, our world is changing every day. Innovations in technology and science have brought us greater convenience and have caused society to evolve but it has also created the digital gap.

  • Experts discuss ‘challenges’ and ‘opportunities’ in a data-driven world at TRA/ITU forum

    A group of telecommunication experts have discussed the 'challenges' and 'opportunities' in a data-driven world at the world's first ever forum on Data Management. The event was a joint-collaboration between the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) which was held in Dubai, UAE.

  • Hong Kong Minister responds to criticism over government’s policy on 5G spectrum allocation

    Hong Kong's director general of communications, Eliza Lee Man-Ching has responded to scathing criticism over the government's policy approach to 5G spectrum allocation from its largest operator HKT.

  • ITU deems Moscow a pioneer of smart sustainable cities

    The UN’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has published the results of its ‘United for Smart Sustainable Cities’initiative (U4SSC) which highlights Moscow’s efforts in digitally transforming the city, according to the Moscow Department of IT.

  • ITU evaluates Moscow smart city journey in new case study

    The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has conducted a case study centered on Moscow's progress in meeting the objectives of its 'smart city' strategies and the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Entitled Implementing ITU-T International Standards to Shape Smart Sustainable Cities: The Case of Moscow​, the study was undertaken using the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Smart Sustainable Cities developed by the United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) initiative.

  • ITU Focus Group ‘exceeds expectations’ with delivery of 85 policy recommendations on Digital Financial Inclusion

    The key findings and policy recommendations made by the ITU Focus Group on Digital Financial Services following the conclusion of its extensive two-year consultation process have been hailed by stakeholders across the ICT and financial-services sectors as an 'incredible success'. The ITU Focus Group presented its 85 'policy recommendations' at a workshop entitled 'Digital Financial Services and Financial Inclusion' hosted by the World Bank in Washington D.C. on 19 April.

  • ITU to develop international standards for internet of things and smart cities

    Director of ITU's Telecommunications Standardization Bureau, Dr. Chaesub Lee, has confirmed that the ITU will seek to develop international standards for the internet of things and smart cities. Smart Cities World Forums magazine managed to secure an exclusive interview with Dr. Lee, who highlighted the progress the ITU is making towards defining 5G standards, and the benefits its KPI's are having for smart sustainable cities.

  • ITU to highlight policy recommendations on Digital Financial Services at World Bank event in Washington

    The ITU will present the key findings of its Focus Group at a Workshop on 'Digital Financial Services and Financial Inclusion' - which will be hosted by the World Bank in Washington DC, on April 19th. The event has been organized by the ITU and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The workshop provides the opportunity for the Focus Group to highlight the 85 policy recommendations it has made following its extensive two-year consultation research project.

  • ITU’s digital drive towards net-zero future in cities

    The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report on cities and the importance of achieving a net-zero world.

  • Key industry experts to discuss IPv6+, 5G and policy making in virtual webinar

    Trace Media, parent company of Telecom Review and Smart Cities World Forums, is hosting a virtual webinar on 16 July about IPv6 to discuss enhanced innovations, policies and the best practices for the 5G and Cloud era.

  • Rethinking data privacy regulation for the tech Renaissance era

    As we move towards a more digitalized future, concerns continue to grow about consumer privacy. Are legal systems adapting to the fast-paced age of emerging tech?

  • SK Telecom and Nokia achieve significantly reduced latency

    South Korean telecom provider SK Telecom and Nokia have successfully reduced latency between handset and base station to 2 milliseconds over SK Telecom's network, the company announced on September 4.

  • South Africa set to launch its first 5G wireless network

    South African wireless solutions provider Comsol has caught many off guard within the telecommunications sector in the country by formally announcing plans to deploy South Africa's first 5G wireless network using bandwidth it has access to in high-frequency spectrum.

  • Tech industry experts meet at ‘AI for Good Summit’ to make AI a ‘force for good’

    Around 2000 participants from over 120 countries around the world attended the Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Good Global Summit in Switzerland between May 28-31 to discuss the latest innovations in AI and how they could be utilized to combat pressing global issues.

  • TRA and ITU host forum on managing Data in a 'Smart City'

    Dubai's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has hosted the world's first ever forum on Data Management. The event was a joint collaboration with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) who hosted the inaugural forum under the slogan of 'Transforming data into value, expanding the IoT potential with a special focus on Smart Cities'. The forum welcomed participation from a wide group of experts and decision-makers from around the world, as well as many UAE government entities and private sector companies.

  • TRA Director General insists policies need to be established in order to utilize and ‘share’ data effectively

    Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), Director General, H.E. Mr. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori believes that governance frameworks and policies need to be properly established to ensure data is exchanged and shared effectively in order to drive innovation, creativity, enterprise and create new ecosystems.

  • TRA UAE and ITU to collaboratively establish ‘International Center of Digital Innovation’

    The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the United Arab Emirates and The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), signed an agreement on 29 June 2020 to establish an International Center of Digital Innovation, known as I-CoDI.