Better Sooner

At ITU Telecom World we believe in the power of technology to transform lives. By bringing smart technologies together with smart ideas and smart people, we can make the world better, sooner.

Our leading international platform enables influential figures from government and industry to connect with tech SMEs, exhibit, explore partnership solutions, debate and share ideas. Join us in Durban this September to be a part of it.

Who is it for ? 

  • Small and medium businesses (SMEs), entrepreneurs and innovators
  • Ministers of ICT and any related sector such as finance, health, education, energy
  • Regulators of ICT, data and any related sector
  • Exhibitors from nations, companies and organizations around the world
  • Industry CEOs and investors
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Academics, consultants and digital thinkers
  • Media


Telecom World - Exhibit


Your country, organisation, tech SME or innovative solution on our global platform

Telecom World - Sponsor


Your brand and message at the heart of the international ICT community.

Telecom World - Debate


Expert speakers, industry and government leaders, world class debate.

Telecom World - Network


The connections that matter between nations, organisations, ideas and individuals.

Telecom World - SME Focus

SME Focus

Supporting tech SMEs across the world – through exhibition workstations, workshops, debates and targeted networking.

2018 programme

Monday 10

  • 09:15 Forum Session
  • 11:00 Opening Ceremony
  • 12:00 Exhibition opens
  • 12:30 Networking Lunches
  • 14:15 Forum Summit
  • 18:00 Welcome Reception

Tuesday 11

  • 09:15 Forum Session
  • 10:00 Exhibition opens
  • 12:30 Networking Lunches
  • 18:00 Evening Reception

Wednesday 12

  • 09:15 Forum Session
  • 10:00 Exhibition opens
  • 12:30 Networking Lunches
  • 14:00 Forum Sessions

Thursday 13

  • 09:15 Forum Session
  • 10:00 Exhibition opens
  • 12:30 Networking Lunches
  • 14:00 Awards Ceremony
  • 16:00 Farewell Reception

2018 speakers

Mr. Robert Middlehurst

Vice President International Regulatory Affairs

Emirates Telecommunication Corporation - Etisalat

Mr. Bocar A. Ba


SAMENA Telecommunications Council

Dr. Amani Abou Zeid

Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy

African Union

Ms. Aniko Szigetvari

Head - Telecom, Media & Technology Group

International Finance Corporation

Mr. Akinwale Goodluck

Head of Sub-Saharan Africa



Choose from a range of access passes and associated benefits. Register now and save on online prices – or double your opportunity by inviting an SME for free.​

The ITU Telecom World Awards 2018

Recognising the best in
innovative tech solutions with social impact

Highlights - attendees



Highlights - exhibitors



Highlights - expert speakers


expert speakers

Highlights - ICT leaders


accredited media

What they said

2018 Partners and sponsors