A world-class programme of interactive debates exploring the key issues of the digital age with informed opinion, expert speakers and international perspectives.

Key topics

As smart technologies continue to impact on our way of life, work and business, the ICT industry is at the forefront of digital transformation. Forum sessions at ITU Telecom World 2018 explore the issues central to the industry and our world from the differing perspectives of technology, strategy, policy and regulation under the theme of “Innovation for a smarter digital development.”

Key topics include:

  • Reinventing the role of telcos
  • The impact and opportunity of 5G
  • AI in business, finance and society
  • IoT in smart cities and the 4th industrial revolution
  • Regulatory policies in the smart era
  • New industry sectors, players and markets
  • Connected cars
  • Technologies, policies and content to connect the unconnected
  • The impact of digital transformation on citizens
  • The ethics of AI and data ownership
  • Digital literacy, awareness, eskills and education
  • The role of government in smart transformation

Call for speakers
ITU brings in many leaders at different levels of the value chain representing different bodies in the industry ecosystem, if you couple that with good topics such as emerging markets or how telcos can reinvent themselves, this kind of mix brings value not only for Huawei but also for the whole industry.Mohamed Madkour, VP of GWNM, Huawei Technologies

Leadership Summit

The Leadership Summit at ITU Telecom World brings together ministers, regulators and private sector representatives at the highest level to debate the big picture opportunities and challenges of the smart digital landscape – setting the scene for the four days of Forum discussions that follow.

Ministerial Roundtable

The ITU Telecom World Ministerial Roundtable provides Ministers from around the world with an opportunity to share developments and challenges within the ICT landscape, highlighting their ICT policy direction, vision investment opportunities, and debating issues needing further collaboration between governments and the ICT industry. The Ministerial Roundtable is an excellent platform for vendors, operators, SMEs and investors to gain direct exposure to the strategies, direction and development of individual countries within the ICT ecosystem.

Session formats


Forum - keynotes

Thought-leadership and international perspectives at the highest level as leaders from public and private sectors share key messages and insights.

Panel Sessions

Forum - panel sessions

Experts drawn from public, private and research sectors explore the core issues facing ICTs today from contrasting perspectives. Interactive, free of presentations or pre-set agendas and often passionate, panel sessions encourage contributions and questions from delegates on the stage and in the audience.

Plenary Sessions

Forum - plenary sessions

Leaders from government and industry offer their personal viewpoints and powerful insider insights on key issues within the ICT industry, kicking off lively debate at plenary sessions open to all participants.


Forum - roundtables

Ministers, regulators or CEOs share experiences, success stories and case studies from the perspective of their countries or organizations to personal viewpoints and powerful insider insights on future directions within the ICT industry, kicking off debate at the highest level on policies, perspectives and best practices from across the globe.

Partner Sessions

Forum - dialogues

Forum sessions or facilitated workshops organized by ITU but shaped by input and contributions from interested companies, associations or organizations


Forum - sponsored sessions

Targeted conversation and knowledge exchange between SMEs and government or industry representatives on frameworks for accelerating ICT innovation.