Durban, South Africa

ITU Telecom World 2018 took place in Durban, the third largest city in South Africa, a growing urban setting rich in diversity, cultural amenities, economic growth, history and natural beauty.


Smart South Africa

ITU Telecom World 2018 was hosted by the Department of Telecommunications and Post of the Republic of South Africa.

South Africa’s flagship initiatives to support ICT and SME development throughout both country and continent position it as the ideal host nation for ITU Telecom World 2018.

The South African government’s national Digital Society SA strategy aims to position the country as a significant player in the development of ICTs throughout the value chain, accelerate uptake in all socio-economic sectors, increase inclusion, and transform the country into a fully digital society.

Key initiatives include fostering inclusive development, stimulating public and private infrastructure and providing affordable universal access to devices and services. South Africa is well positioned to become one of the leading developers of local content on the continent, with measures to develop and protect local intellectual property, and a massive skills development programme to underpin the growth of ICTs throughout society.

The ICT SMME Development Strategy works in parallel to facilitate the growth and entry of small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) into the ICT sector, with a particular focus on youth and women entrepreneurs, to drive job creation, innovation and socio-economic growth.​

What to do and see in Durban

Durban is known for its beautiful coastline and subtropical climate on the Indian Ocean. The city is built around one of the busiest ports in Africa, and is a bustling commercial and manufacturing centre connected to the business capitals of the world.

Beyond its golden beaches and outdoor recreational opportunities, Durban is the centre of world-class sports, an entertainment and hospitality hub offering a wide range of accommodation from beachfront hotels to themed lodges and guesthouses, and a shopper’s paradise with malls, craft markets and street bazaars. Further afield lie nature reserves, cultural villages, Big Five game reserves and UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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Durban International Convention Centre

ITU Telecom World 2018 was held at the Durban International Convention Centre in South Africa, one of Africa’s leading exhibition and conference hubs.​

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