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ITU Telecom World 2015


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Exhibitors & Sponsors

Thank you to all of you – leaders, delegates, speakers, exhibitors, SMEs, media, ITU Telecom World Award winners and finalists, sponsors and partners – all of you who made ITU Telecom World 2016 such a success! Here’s a round-up of our event highlights with links to further content and information.


ITU Telecom World 2016 in numbers

  • 8800 participants
  • 250 exhibitors, including 107 exhibiting SMEs, 60 partners & sponsors from 37 countries
  • 338 leaders from 90 countries, split between public and private sectors
  • 173 speakers from 56 countries in the Leadership Summit and Forum
  • 8 agreements/contracts signed at ITU Telecom World 2016 between governments, regulatory bodies and private entities.
  • 187 accredited media from 12 countries

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Leadership Summit & Forum

Forum and Leadership Summit speakers spanned heads of state and governments, leaders from the ICT industry and key verticals, SMEs, entrepreneurs and innovators, international organizations and academia, providing truly global perspectives from developed and developing countries alike.

The high-level Leadership Summit launched the discussions, exploring why working together is so important for growing the digital economy. Forum sessions delved into topics such as AI, how ICTs can meet the SDGs, the connected car, digital financial inclusion and fiscal incentives and taxation in the industry. Other debate highlights included B2G and B2B dialogues, the Ministerial Roundtable on the crucial role of governments in advancing digital economy, the Economic and Industry Roundtable and the Asia Pacific Exchange on Broadband Regulation and Policy. 

See session highlights


International exhibition

The exhibition featured the latest digital technologies from 5G and cloud to smart devices, smart city solutions or national broadband plans, as well as investment and partnership opportunities from around the world. Leading exhibitors included AIS, DTAC, Huawei, Intel, KT, LS telcom, Rohde & Schwarz and True; as well as must-see National Pavilions from Azerbaijan, China, Ghana, Iran, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Malaysia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Thailand and Zimbabwe, including first-time participation from Algeria, Bangladesh, Madagascar and Pakistan. Thematic Pavilions joining the event included China SME Pavilion, ITU-T Standards for Global ICTs and K-Champ- Korea Telecom.

See who participated



Sponsored sessions

The event showcased sponsored sessions on topics spanning 5G, reaching the next billion, digital financial services, the key to a digital Nigeria and enabling third network services for the digital economy. Key players included Huawei, KT, Japan’s MIAC, GTI, China Mobile and TDIA, Intel, Mastercard, GSMA/GSA, Nigeria & MEF.



Global platform for forging partnerships

As the international platform connecting ICT SMEs with corporations and governments, it was no surprise that high-level participants used the opportunities and influential audience that the event offered to conclude many important agreements between business and business (B2B), business and governments (B2G) and business and governments to UN, as well as launching new reports, such as the Emerge report or White paper on broadband regulation and policy



Connections that matter

Networking was at the heart of ITU Telecom World 2016. Panel lunches hosted by the Smart Africa Alliance and CITRA, helped facilitate networking and discussion, along with high profile networking occasions, such as the Leaders Lunch, Welcome Reception, or Korea Night with MSIP of the Republic of Korea, hosts of ITU Telecom World 2017. Networking breaks sponsored by Rohde & Schwarz and URCA of the Bahamas made sure conversations continued between Forum sessions. And delegates, speakers, exhibitors and sponsors all took to the Event App, to connect, share content, check out the programme and plan their event journey.

More on networking


ITU Telecom World Awards

The second edition of the prestigious ITU Telecom World Awards, recognizing excellence and innovation in ICT solutions with social impact. Open to all exhibitors and sponsors at ITU Telecom World, awards were presented in four different categories:

  • The Global SME Award, recognising the most promising innovative solution from an SME.
  • Thematic Awards – open to SMEs and large corporations — for the most promising innovative solutions with social impact in eEducation, eHealth, eGovernment and disaster prevention/communications.
  • Host Country SME Award for the best solution chosen by Thailand.
  • Recognition of Excellence for the best innovative solution within each National Pavilion.

More on awards



Media spotlight

187 global media accredited from 12 countries to speak to senior government figures, SMEs and industry figureheads, along with some 40 media and association partners, representing international trade, media and telecoms press. Major global media such as AFP, Euronews or Xinhua were present at the event, along with leading telecoms and trade publications. 



Thank you to our partners & sponsors

A very big thank you to our excellent hosts, the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand. We would also like to thank our partners & sponsors from industry, national government, regulators, media and organizations around the world, without whose invaluable support the success of this event would not have been possible.

Partners & sponsors



Next Stop: Busan, Republic of Korea

Join us in Busan for ITU Telecom World 2017, and continue the discussions started this year. Focusing on the creative digital economy and fostering SME growth, ITU Telecom World 2017 will take place from 25-28 September. ITU warmly invites Member States, regulators, and heads of international organizations, global media, digital experts and visionaries, leading ICT corporations and cutting-edge tech-SMEs from the region and across the globe to join the event!

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