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Ericsson presented a live 5G test network in Hungary with Magyar Telekom at ITU Telecom World 2019 in Budapest. The live Ericsson 5G …MORE…MORE
Ericsson presented a live 5G test network in Hungary with Magyar Telekom at ITU Telecom World 2019 in Budapest. The live Ericsson 5G network on display used 5G radio devices from the Ericsson Radio System portfolio which enabled operators to adapt and upgrade their current network infrastructures in a dynamic and flexible way. Demonstrations and hands-on visitor experiences included administering a remote ultrasound scan with a haptic glove, new opportunities in cloud-based technology, and a hexapod robot with smooth, fast limb movements with huge potential to transform automated production in factory environments. The event was a great opportunity to showcase Ericsson’s technology, demonstrate the efficiency of a live 5G network and gain interest from large numbers of international attendees.
Semse Apps develop unique applications for neurofeedback devices which can help our ufor sers learn to release stress consciously, become calm and focus better. We …MORE…MORE
Semse Apps develop unique applications for neurofeedback devices which can help our ufor sers learn to release stress consciously, become calm and focus better. We took part in ITU Telecom World 2019 to make new connections and expand the horizon of our partnerships – which we believe we have succeeded in doing. It was incredible to be a part of the Hungarian pavilion. There were teams from so many countries which made the whole experience even more colourful with very high standards. Presenting to the audience and learning so many new ways to pitch was an exciting opportunity, and a real highlight for us. We met several other SMEs with similar interests, as well as meeting many people from different sectors, providing us with potential connections for the future – we have already been contacted by several companies. Taking part has enabled us to validate our startup idea, raise awareness of a possible solution to reduce stress and receive a large amount of feedback. It has been an honour, and given us a big boost for the future.
Organized by KISED (Korea Institute of Startup & Entrepreneurship Development), the Korea Pavilion at ITU Telecom World 2019 hosted high …MORE…MORE
Organized by KISED (Korea Institute of Startup & Entrepreneurship Development), the Korea Pavilion at ITU Telecom World 2019 hosted high growth potential startups and SMEs using innovative technology, benefiting from business meetings, networking and investment proposals.
Korean startups covered a range of technologies and applications, including Live Book (smart photo O2O service), Mobilio (machine defect monitoring system), Systec (searchlight technology with drones), ELFE (location-based event generation app), Image Mining (indoor screen sports recognition sensor), Coding Array (coding educational kit), Trendy Items (multiple image link SNS platform), Fitpet (pet urine testing kit and app), and 4S Mapper (road condition checking platform using deep learning and drones).
Over the course of the event, the startups gained a total of 11.57m USD in business consultation from 607 meetings. Highlights included a 2m USD investment proposal for 4S Mapper and negotiations on a proposed national digital transportation agency in Saudi Arabia; agreements signed by ELFE with a Hungarian multi-language content solutions company and a game app developer from Myanmar; collaborative proposals and corporate investment from government agencies in Ghana, Mozambique and Nigeria looking to work with Livebook; incubation investment for Image Mining; and a deal for Coding Array to provide coding teaching materials with two universities in Hungary.
Our main reason for coming to ITU Telecom World was to make the most of the opportunity to tell our …MORE…MORE
Our main reason for coming to ITU Telecom World was to make the most of the opportunity to tell our innovative solution story to the world through exposure to event’s global platform, so we can attract a lot more countries to use our universal digital addressing solution, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. This will in turn connect us to buyers, investors, partners and sponsors. We took part in the exhibition with the Ghana Pavilion, where we engaged with the high-profile delegation that visited our booth in the company of the ITU Secretary-General. We also pitched for the Global SME Awards and joined training session sessions on attracting investors, where we learnt a lot on how to change our financial partnership posture with international funding agencies, and on positioning our business solution for the right media support going forward. Taking part in the SME Programme and Awards gave us first-hand experience of other tech solutions from around the world, global exposure to investors, media, government and international organizations, and an opportunity to learn from other tech companies on their disruptive solutions. It is very encouraging to have been awarded the ITU Telecom World Global SME Award for Best Business Model, which has given us a bigger endorsement in referencing the ITU platform. With this recognition, the future looks amazing and very positive!
I speak from my experiences as guiding more than $10 trillion USD in investments as chairman, founder, and board member …MORE…MORE
I speak from my experiences as guiding more than $10 trillion USD in investments as chairman, founder, and board member in business/finance, serial entrepreneurship, global computing science organizations, industry organizations and think tanks, and global summits. As Chair of REDDS Capital, in terms of venture capital and growing new start-ups, the ITU Telecom World Global SME Awards represent the finest entrepreneurs in the world with the added benefit of supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. As a contributor to the UN ITU Emerge Report on start-up innovation and returning jury member at the Global SME Awards in 2017 and 2018, the grit and passion exhibited by the top entrepreneurs is accentuated by the talent and expertise of the UN ITU staff administrators of the awards. I highly recommend entrepreneurs globally to engage in the Global SME Awards – as well as investors such as ourselves at REDDS Capital who are looking to gain high returns on investments plus actionable SDG impact.
Stephen Ibaraki, Chairman, Managing General Partner REDDS Capital, 14x Microsoft MVP awardee, Founder ITU AI for Good, and Steering Committee AI Pioneers
Taking part in the ITU Telecom World Awards – and winning an award – was a really amazing experience. We …MORE…MORE
Taking part in the ITU Telecom World Awards – and winning an award – was a really amazing experience. We went viral in Mozambique with television, newspaper and online media presenting our story. In terms of reputation, it took Ologa to a new level, with many invitations to participate at events, talk about our product and speak at various panels. In terms of our business, we have been approached by several entities in Mozambique, and also in South Africa, who would like to pilot the solution with a view to becoming a client.
ITU Telecom World was a great platform to provide visibility to our SME, and participating in a global event like …MORE…MORE
ITU Telecom World was a great platform to provide visibility to our SME, and participating in a global event like this was exciting, inspiring and insightful. What’s more exciting was the event occurring locally, connecting the local and the global. Validating our start-up idea through the pitching competitions for SMEs within the Awards programme was important, and has also brought us leads which we can now connect with in advancing our concept. The Awards were the cherry on top.
We enjoyed our participation in the event and received extensive, relevant exposure for our dbTrack product. This included a great …MORE…MORE
We enjoyed our participation in the event and received extensive, relevant exposure for our dbTrack product. This included a great deal of footfall and attention to our stand from attendees who were interested in learning more about the product, which was extremely beneficial. The opportunity to speak at the event, both in a roundtable discussion and in pitching for the ITU Telecom World Awards, gave us additional exposure and enabled us to address the correct target market in the ITU to raise awareness of the issue and of our dbTrack solution. Our main motivation for entering dbTrack in the ITU Telecom World Awards was to bring awareness of the technology and how it fits into the ITU draft standard with the WHO “Make Listening Safe” Initiative, which draws attention to the rising problem of recreational noise induced hearing loss (RNIHL). By winning this award we have gained greater marketing exposure to the product, which will bring more awareness to this growing issue and significant weight in the market in recognising that there is a solution available.
ITU Telecom World was a great platform for us as an SME to showcase our solution to an international audience. …MORE…MORE
ITU Telecom World was a great platform for us as an SME to showcase our solution to an international audience. Winning the award has built confidence in our business and our innovative solution. We were able to generate leads which we are currently pursuing, and some of the large corporates that were at the event are now engaging with us on possible partnerships. The award has motivated our team to work even harder as we realise we are doing something right and we have had recognition for our work. We hope to be able to scale and commercialise further, growing our business to create more jobs and contributing meaningfully to enabling smart cities that are responsive and safe for citizens.
I attended ITU Telecom with my co-founder as exhibitors in order to launch our products here at Tuse. We sought …MORE…MORE
I attended ITU Telecom with my co-founder as exhibitors in order to launch our products here at Tuse. We sought access to markets, finance and skilled staff. The most positive experience was getting to network with like-minded entrepreneurs, policymakers and corporates, meeting incredible people from whom we have learnt so much. The SME progamme gave us unparalleled exposure, access to markets, finance and new opportunities. Winning the Award has given us that on an exponential scale and has truly been a game changer for our business. Since winning, we have attracted so much new business that we have had to move to bigger offices, and our staff complement has increased by 67% within a month. Our goal has always been to be the most impactful African unicorn – and winning the ITU Telecom World Award has propelled us so much closer to achieving it.
Modalku was nominated by the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information of Indonesia to take part in the ITU Telecom World …MORE…MORE
Modalku was nominated by the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information of Indonesia to take part in the ITU Telecom World 2017 Awards Programme and represent Indonesian startups. The experience was very positive and empowering – we were able to develop new networks and friendships, while the exposure to technological innovations across the world was educational and useful. Winning the Global SME Awards was uplifting for our brand, enhancing our brand credibility with the Indonesian public as well as investors, existing and new. This award is very meaningful as it recognises companies with strong social impact and technological innovation. We have more than doubled our business within 6 months, raised a US$ 25M Series B funding led by Softbank’s early stage investing arm (SoftBank Ventures Korea), while hiring many more great people into our team. More importantly, we have been able to make a stronger impact on our societies. Our goal now is to stay focused and expand our business further to help far more small and medium enterprises in Southeast Asia receive the financing that they deserve.
The information we received, the different stakeholders we met, the advice from more experienced countries and regulators as well as …MORE…MORE
The information we received, the different stakeholders we met, the advice from more experienced countries and regulators as well as the visibility it afforded our country and the new relationships we built with different stakeholders, regulators and vendors – this was valuable return on our investment in a National Pavilion. We will start preparing earlier for next year!
ITU Telecom is a great platform to bring together government officials, the private sector, regulators, operators and leaders of the …MORE…MORE
ITU Telecom is a great platform to bring together government officials, the private sector, regulators, operators and leaders of the ICTs ecosystem, to discuss relevant issues, proffer resolutions or receive guidance in a bid to develop ICTs for users. Our key benefits in attending include positioning CATI as a pan-African project in the ICT ecosystem; meeting with leading representatives of private sector companies and international organizations; and sharing valuable best practices in masterclasses and forum sessions.
Taking part in ITU Telecom events has allowed Rwanda to really be at the forefront of the technological changes which …MORE…MORE
Taking part in ITU Telecom events has allowed Rwanda to really be at the forefront of the technological changes which are shaping our world. We hope that Rwanda will be the first one to finish with the digital migration, for instance – we were not the first to start, but for us after learning from what others have done, we are able to move faster and be the first to complete the migration.
Having participated at ITU Telecom World since the very first event back in 1971, we are clear on our aims …MORE…MORE
Having participated at ITU Telecom World since the very first event back in 1971, we are clear on our aims in taking part: it’s about increasing our image and boosting our visibility in the ICT industry. The growth of the markets in which ITU Telecom is held is very important. We benefit from a well organized and professional event, meeting high-ranking delegations at our showfloor stand, raising our profile around the world and profiting from high-level contacts.
It is fantastic for us having all of our partners here and knowing everyone is here. It gives us a …MORE…MORE
It is fantastic for us having all of our partners here and knowing everyone is here. It gives us a chance to work out what the major trends are, what people are talking about, what the real issues are that are affecting the industry. That keeps us aware. It’s also a really good opportunity to connect with our partners and deepen those relationships or meet new partners.
Our vision is to bring spectrum management to a whole new level through advanced systems for spectrum management, spectrum monitoring …MORE…MORE
Our vision is to bring spectrum management to a whole new level through advanced systems for spectrum management, spectrum monitoring and spectrum control. Our aim in attending ITU Telecom World 2013 was to increase awareness of our brand and the perceived value of LS telcom solutions. We hoped to meet new customers, obtain new contacts and leads and increase the visibility of our portfolio. Our participation with a showfloor pavilion, in forum panel sessions and at social networking events enabled us to meet customers, discussing and finalizing a contract with one existing customer, and going some way to meeting our objectives.
As a long-term supporter of ITU Telecom World events, we see clear benefits in terms of visibility, making contacts, closing …MORE…MORE
As a long-term supporter of ITU Telecom World events, we see clear benefits in terms of visibility, making contacts, closing business deals and establishing relationships through our participation on the showfloor. At World 2013, Cobaltray, one of the companies within the Korean Pavilion, had significant success in closing a major deal with Maxcom Africa, a Tanzanian technology Integrator. Maxcom aim to build up their mobile payment system partnering with Vodafone, using Cobaltray’s POS as an integral part of that system. The key to success is displaying the right product to the right audience at ITU Telecom World.
The value of ITU Telecom World for Intel is the networking. There’s the government people here, there’s the industry leaders, …MORE…MORE
The value of ITU Telecom World for Intel is the networking. There’s the government people here, there’s the industry leaders, there’s ITU, there’s people that touch everyone, and you get a very powerful group of leaders together and these are the ones with the resources to make the difference, to drive the change. If you look at the number of people here, if you were to get on a plane to try and meet the people you meet here this week, it would take you a year of flying. They are here, you can get groups together, you can show them practices, you can run workshops. It is just that getting together of decision makers and sharing of best practices, ITU Telecom World does that beautifully.
Huawei always looks at which are the appropriate marketing events from a brand perspective and the key message and purposes, …MORE…MORE
Huawei always looks at which are the appropriate marketing events from a brand perspective and the key message and purposes, and this particular ITU forum is one of the best, especially the quality at ministerial level that visited Huawei’s pavilion and engaged directly with Huawei’s Broader Way Forum. This particular event is so important because it gives Huawei the opportunity to reinforce the theme of why we believe broadband is so essential to life, and allows us to bring together our global customers and case studies, to demonstrate how the market has moved on.. so that this partnership of companies and countries gets to learn. This type of collaboration can’t happen in any other event, and this is why we hope and expect Huawei will be continue to be here year after year.
We focus on providing digital customer service solutions and telecom practices, so our aim in attending ITU Telecom World 2014 …MORE…MORE
We focus on providing digital customer service solutions and telecom practices, so our aim in attending ITU Telecom World 2014 was to meet with leaders in the ICT sector. The event enabled us to achieve our objectives by providing us with the opportunity to meet many telecom groups in new and emerging markets, in particular in Africa. For us, ITU Telecom World is one of the best events in the industry in highlighting innovations, technologies and ideas shaping the future of ICTs, bringing together experts and sector leaders to share their latest services and successes.
Winning the ITU Telecom World Award brought our company greatly increased reputation and credit – we got “treasure” from ITU …MORE…MORE
Winning the ITU Telecom World Award brought our company greatly increased reputation and credit – we got “treasure” from ITU in terms of its contribution to our future business growth. We have experienced excellent impact on our ongoing business discussions. In particular, the management of Nittsu Shoji (part of the global transportation company Nippon Express) was so impressed with our company’s award-winning technology that we were able to close a new deal with them in April 2016. Winning the Award has accelerated our progress going out to the world and expanded our domestic business, as well. We would definitely recommend taking part in ITU Telecom World – for an SME like us, we could never otherwise obtain the chance to exhibit at such a prestigious exhibition where we can meet leaders from major ICT companies and government officials from around the world. We have expanded our world by taking part in ITU Telecom World!
ITU Telecom World was the right place for us to network with operators, government officials and regulators. Our participation in …MORE…MORE
ITU Telecom World was the right place for us to network with operators, government officials and regulators. Our participation in the event in an ITU Pavilion and a panel session enabled us to build strong relationships with them and positioned DASAN Zhone Solutions as a global network solution provider. We learned about the network market trends in Thailand and the real market requirements from mobile and fixed operators for FTTx, Mobile Backhaul and G.fast solutions. At the same time, we acquired partnership opportunities with system integrators and vendors who work closely with incumbent operators. This was a valuable event where we learned, built relationships and had great visibility. We expect to make our contribution to Thailand’s network industry development in line with Digital Thailand.
ITU Telecom World provided us with a great opportunity to showcase our technology and capabilities on a global stage. Being …MORE…MORE
ITU Telecom World provided us with a great opportunity to showcase our technology and capabilities on a global stage. Being amongst the award finalists was a great credibility booster. For a startup, proving yourself can be a hard and challenging task, and the audience often only has a vague idea of how exactly your product works and what differentiates you from others. So answering all the burning questions that our potential clients, partners and investors usually have, as well as getting valuable feedback from experts from around the world, was very useful and fulfilling for our project. We were able to get more from this event by getting in touch with people from different backgrounds and increasing our business network. We are experiencing steady growth in our business, and are already in smart technology towards Smart Farm and Smart City business areas. Our Smart Factory platform has already been implemented in several factories here in Korea as well as in Indonesia, China and Vietnam.
The exposure to the latest thinking and future trends in ICT innovation is priceless. We see the impact of this …MORE…MORE
The exposure to the latest thinking and future trends in ICT innovation is priceless. We see the impact of this exposure in the way the market reacts to our new product offering and our global approach towards innovation. We left ITU Telecom World 2016 with a greater appreciation of the pivotal role to be played by satellite connectivity in creating greater access to internet connection to rural Africa, and how to leverage our innovations to provide comprehensive sustainable development solutions by combining health, education and disaster response in our product designs. This was only made possible by being exposed to the most current global thinking at the highest level. Thank you for the contribution you are making to our development. It is through such exposure that our company has been approached by no less than four blue chip organizations seriously looking at acquiring our SME.
ITU Telecom World was a great platform to showcase our solutions, offering great networking and visibility opportunities. We were the …MORE…MORE
ITU Telecom World was a great platform to showcase our solutions, offering great networking and visibility opportunities. We were the overall winner of the ITU Telecom World Global SME Awards, which was a great feeling especially as it was the second year in a row that Kenya won. We have now deployed in over 15 countries worldwide, and are talking to governments about major roll outs. The win has definitely impacted our business positively, giving us more exposure and media coverage around the world. We are now pursuing a more commercial sales model with the education solution. We have a new product, the BRCKMoja, which is a content delivery network and free Wifi connectivity platform that seeks to make internet connectivity available to the more than 800 million unconnected in Africa.
I was amazed by the traction and attendance at ITU Telecom World event. Many VIPs in my market sector attended, …MORE…MORE
I was amazed by the traction and attendance at ITU Telecom World event. Many VIPs in my market sector attended, giving me many opportunities to network and receive valuable feedback on my business. I was impressed by the Awards process and the quality of the international jury – it was a challenging but very positive experience presenting my ideas in the quick-fire pitching. Taking part in the Awards gave my company and my project much more visibility and credibility. Winning second place in the Global SME Award programme is a strong marketing argument for our product pitches. Our blockchain project has seen a significant increase in popularity as a result, and is now being referenced in various fora. The Awards programme has triggered a virtuous circle for our project. gnúbila’s anonymization and secure sharing product, FedEHR, is now in the process of being integrated into the be-ys group, an ambitious European leader in the digital trust market.
Our aim in taking part in ITU Telecom World 2016 was to grow the project and our product’s credibility. The …MORE…MORE
Our aim in taking part in ITU Telecom World 2016 was to grow the project and our product’s credibility. The event was tremendously well organized, with many experienced people from the ICT sector giving great advice and recommendations, as well as the opportunity to meet potential investors. Winning the Telecom World Thematic Award, gave us media coverage throughout Rwanda and enabled us to attract more investment. Our clients believed in the platform and saw greater potential in us – we have grown from 13 schools to 42 this year, and expanded into three more countries in East Africa as a result of the recognition gained. This increase in clients has led us to improve our technology to meet their needs, adding features and growing the business in terms of both sales and staff. In the life of a startup, every founder wants their story to be heard, their business to be trusted and to grow. Winning the ITU Telecom Award makes all that possible – and even if you don’t win, just taking part allows you to be heard by different people who feed you with great insights that can change you and your business forever.
I was present at ITU Telecom World with my own booth within the Nigerian National Pavilion, showcasing my low-cost, low-power …MORE…MORE
I was present at ITU Telecom World with my own booth within the Nigerian National Pavilion, showcasing my low-cost, low-power GSM communication system for rural areas. Before the event, two companies reached out to me to schedule a meeting via the business matchmaking service, which led to extensive discussions and the imminent signing of an MoU. The event days provided me with an opportunity to interact with other participants, individual investors and captains of industry, from other countries and also from Nigeria. I was able to access decision-makers not normally available to me, present my solution and participate in collaborative discussions with a range of participants. Following a visit to my stand by the CEO of the leading telecom operator in Nigeria, we engaged in discussions which have continued after the event; I also was able to identify concrete areas of collaboration and partnership with a multinational investor present at the event. I benefited from reviewing the products and innovations from other countries exhibiting, identifying solutions which could be adapted to local challenges in Nigeria and initiating discussions on future collaboration. My participation at ITU Telecom World was deeply enriching. Coming from the academia, it gave me the opportunity to learn how to transition a research result into an industry product, and the connections required to enhance the quality of my research output and reduce my time to market.
Participating in the ITU Summit has been very good for WASPAG and our membership. We have already begun to see …MORE…MORE
Participating in the ITU Summit has been very good for WASPAG and our membership. We have already begun to see increased visibility and have improved our relationship with our sector ministry and the regulator. Being at the summit created the space and collaborative spirit to make this happen. During the four days of the event, we built important relationships with regulators in Nigeria and Sierra Leone in particular, as well as developing concrete opportunities for our members as incubator partners in Rwanda, with mhealth solutions in Sierra Leone, and within the innovation hub in Qatar. We look forward to participating in future summits – this event will now feature prominently in our annual plans. We also plan to enter the ITU Telecom World Global SME Awards in the future, and look forward to continued engagement with ITU.
SMEs at ITU Telecom World
We attended panel discussions on Government and SMEs, and Industry and SMEs, which was very helpful. We held B2B meetings with several companies at ITU Telecom World to discuss LTE solutions and meet technical teams, including Inmarsat, GEW Technologies, Ros Telecom, Spicenet Tanzania, Dasan Networks and GTL Saudia Arabia Ltd.
The sessions give a very good perspective on different areas as far as ICTs are concerned, from government, business and regulation perspectives. It is very good to see the special focus on SME because everyone is talking about ICT for big companies, but SMEs actually moves the development of many countries, many businesses and economies, and it is very good that the special focus is paid exactly to them within the framework of this event.
It is about sharing, about networking, about getting ideas. It is a great forum to connect, make new connections, share thoughts, and go back enriched.
Our project is very successful in Senegal, and for me it is a great opportunity because I have met many African countries, six of which have expressed their interest in my solution, which it is great for me.
National Pavilion case studies
An interview with Chad
What do ICTs facilities look like in Chad?
We have already laid 870 km of optical fiber from the southern part of the country to the capital city, N’Djamena. We are presently laying the 1,482 km fibre which connects N’Djamena to Adré and Sudanese border. In the short term, we will increase our outlets through our connection to Nigeria and Niger by laying on 699 km of optical fibre; in the medium term, 2,214 km of fibre will interconnect all our major cities, with fibre to the home connecting to the national backbone throughout the country.
Our three mobile telephone operators cover the entire country, providing approximately 36% penetration. Before the arrival of 3G and 4G, three Internet Service Providers were already providing access to 5% of the population. This figure has doubled since Tigo and Celtel started using 3G and 4G last year.
What flagship ICTs projects are in the pipeline? What is Chad’s dream or vision?
Our vision is to become the ICT hub of Africa by 2025, connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea, the north of Africa to the south, by optical fiber. Our medium term plan is to interconnect our 22 universities and university institutes, including the 200km FTTH project surrounding N’Djamena and connecting all major institutions to the trans-African backbone. Important initiatives also include the CATI African IT Centre, the Internet Exchange Point, and the creation of the Higher School of ICT Development (ENASTIC) as a cornerstone of our capacity building. We are also focused on creating an enabling environment for public private partnerships, and fostering small businesses (SMEs) in the ICT sector as key source of future wealth and job opportunities.
What are the major challenges you are facing?
Chad is a landlocked country, which makes connection to the optical fibre landing points very difficult. This is this is why we are driving our efforts towards interconnecting the country to the Sudan seaport on the one hand and to the Atlantic Ocean on the other. We are also facing a lack of skilled soft power. The energy issue is another challenge, creating price hikes in ICT services; a one minute call is priced at 250 CFA (0.39 EUR) as power is supplied by generators in both rural and urban areas.
What are the main benefits of ICTs for the people of Chad?
People communicate more, save time, are better informed, and are connected to the global network. E-health and e-learning are important services improving living conditions across the country; new developments such as e-payment and social media are changing people’s everyday life. Over 15,000 direct and indirect job opportunities have been created over the past 5 years thanks to the activities of the mobile telephone operators.
What were your main objectives in taking part in ITU Telecom World?
We went to ITU Telecom World 2014 in Doha to highlight ICT opportunities in Chad, and use this international platform to present the CATI project championed by our Head of State. We wanted to share our ambition of becoming an African ICT hub by 2025, and to explore how we can develop our international ICT exhibition, SITIC, into a mini ITU Telecom World for the Central African sub-region.
What was your experience of ITU Telecom World 2014?
We attended key sessions such as the Opening Ceremony and the Leadership Summit, as well as meeting with the incoming ITU Secretary General and other senior ITU representatives at our National Pavilion. Many participants were very interested in our projects, in particular the optical fibre national backbone and CATI. We actively participated in the Investment Workshop, and organized a very successful CATI Panel Lunch.
Our delegation was honoured to meet with the outgoing ITU Secretary General, key stakeholders from Unesco, and multinationals such as the Alcatel Group. We met with Huawei, who operate in Chad, including talks between our ministers and Huawei’s CEO; and took part in extremely useful discussions on spectrum management with leading LS telecom representatives.
How successful were you in meeting your aims?
The immediate return on investment was the sharing of best practices during sessions with other delegates. We were aware that many African countries would be represented at the event, with ministries, regulatory boards or both. The event enabled us to popularize our SITIC 2014 manifesto, reaching our peers in a global campaign to offer CATI to the African Union. In terms of capacity building, master classes organized by the ITU and discussions on various themes were very interesting for our delegates. Our parastatals were in dire need of reliable and efficient partners to boost their activities; several high-profile consultants and experts have now seen Chad as a potential business hub in Africa in addition to our tourism assets.
Return on investment is a long-term project; as a saying in our country goes, “you cannot sow the millet in the morning and harvest it in the afternoon.” We need an observation period and a permanent assignment to ensure pledges and actions made in Doha are sustainable.
An interview with South Sudan
What is the state of the ICT industry in South Sudan, the world’s youngest country?
Our country is poor and underdeveloped, with many differing priorities. We are looking for ICT infrastructure to be in place, to be up to date, to connect to other country. We currently have no landline telephony, and four mobile GSM operators reaching about 30% of the population. These operators are rolling out to rural areas, selling SIM cards and setting up internet cafe, with a direct impact on the economy and local entrepreneurs growing. But there is a lot of work to do to increase access and the benefits of ICTs.
What is your vision for South Sudan’s ICT sector?
Our vision is for an inclusive, empowered, dynamic and prosperous ICT-based nation.
And your strategy?
We have benefited from ITU experts in helping to establish a regulatory body. We propose connecting South Sudan to a submarine cable, but as a landlocked country, we need to confirm where our international landing point should be. We are looking for investment for our national fibre optic backbone. We aim to start in urban areas offering e government services. An ICT institute to train engineers and develop ICT skills at national level is also vital.
What are the main challenges you face?
We are a young country with many competing priorities such as education, agriculture or clean water which are seen as more important than ICT. We are trying to establish ICT as a priority for investment, with e applications as the key enabler cross cutting all these areas. Commerce, telemedicine, schools, universities can all benefit from ICTs – it’s a question of getting funding approved and allocated.
What were South Sudan hoping to achieve with a National Pavilion at ITU Telecom World?
We wanted to benefit from the exposure of our young country to an international event, to interact with vendors and regulators in the telecoms field, and see what new technologies are available. As a new nation, it is important to learn from other countries how we can best build out ICT in South Sudan, in terms of technologies and best practices.
What was your experience of ITU Telecom World?
Our delegation included the Minister of Telecoms, the Minister of Information, National Assembly representatives, industry stakeholders and operators. The Minister personally attended many of the Forum discussions, learning in particular on the regulatory experience in other nations. We made useful contacts with regulatory bodies in different countries, and learnt from other pavilions’ presentations in specific areas.
The Minister and delegation also benefited from meeting with CEOs from vendors and private sector companies potentially interested in coming to South Sudan to see how they can best participate and invest in the development of ICT in our country.
How successful were you in meeting your aims – and how do you measure that success?
We were very successful in gaining exposure for South Sudan, meeting with different regulatory bodies, countries and private sector companies, and making important contacts with regional and international partners. We met counterparts from the East African region, including representatives from Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya, to discuss cooperation on improving broadband and ICT infrastructure. Following our private meeting at ITU Telecom World in Bangkok, we have met again locally to continue our discussions and build the relationship.
We had a very good return on investment for our national pavilion in terms of the visibility we gained for South Sudan, the information we learnt, the advice we received from more experienced countries, the cooperation at regional level and the contacts we established with different stakeholders such as vendors and regulators.
What were the concrete results of exhibiting at the event?
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