Tag: itu

UN Report says 3.2 Billion People Now Online, but Number Still Falls Short of Internet Target

Some 3.2 billion people are now online, representing 43.4 per cent of the global population, but the number still falls significantly short of reaching the anticipated goal of 60 per cent by 2020, according to a United Nations report released today. While the proportion of households projected to have Internet access in 2020 will reach 56 per cent, exceeding the 'Connect 2020' target of 55 per cent, only 53 per cent of the global population will be online in 2020, the report found, ranking the Republic of Korea first in the information and communication technology (ICT) 2015 Development Index (IDI). Africa ranks worst, with 29 of 37 countries in the IDI's bottom quarter, and 11 figuring last out of 167, illustrating the importance of addressing the digital divide between the continent and...

ITU Partners With Tech Firms to Increase Internet Security for Developing Countries

Cyber Security, Internet
Cryptosoft announced a partnership with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), a United Nations agency, to establish increased global Internet security standards focused on the Internet of Things (IoT). The alliance with the ITU, will focus on education and training in countries with less resources reports CIO East Africa "Developing countries are adopting IoT technologies at a very fast pace; securing these connections will help ensure improved global cyber security," says Ryan Johnson, founder of Neo Globe Consulting, the technology consulting group facilitating the partnership. Neo Globe will help jumpstart joint projects to equip global governments and telecom companies utilizing Cryptosoft's security expertise. One possible project is the world's most in-depth Internet o...

South Africa among countries to miss crucial digital migration deadline: ITU

Broadband, Internet
A recent ITU report ITU lists South Africa among nations that have failed to even start a digital migration process. South Africa then joins non-starter digital migration countries which include Armenia, Bangladesh, Belize, the Central African Republic, Comoros, Egypt, Eritrea, Guinea-Bissau, Jamaica, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, Namibia, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone and Turkey. According to an article by TechCentral, Consequences for countries that have missed the ITU digital migration deadline include having to deal with signal clashes between analogue and digital, said Sanjay Acharya — who is the chief of media relations and public information at the ITU. “They will have an obligation to immediately resolve any harmful interference that may occur, eith

Africa’s mobile broadband access below 20% says ITU report

Broadband, Internet, Mobile
Despite increasing access to cheaper smartphones, Africa's mobile broadband penetration still remains below 20%, report indicates The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) released its ICT Facts & Figures report, which revealed that the continent is the only region where mobile broadband access is less than 20%. The ITU's report examines the global development of ICT over the past 15 years from the year 2000 to 2015.And acco rding to the report Africa's mobile broadband subscriptions currently stands at 17.4%.  The report notes that mobile-broadband penetration levels are highest in Europe and the Americas, at around 78 active subscriptions per 100 inhabitants. A report by the Pew Research Center released earlier this year revealed that smartphones (those that can access the

South Africa: Digital Migration: too little, too late

Business, Mobile
Kenya is in the progress of migrating to the digital signal platform. It is reported that South Africa has failed to migrate to digital broadcasting, now we have to live with the consequences, writes Alistair Fairweather. On June 17 South Africa will miss a vital deadline. Unlike dozens of other countries (many of them African) we have failed to migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting. Now we will have to live with the consequences. This deadline might sound like technical mumbo-jumbo but it will affect every South African who watches free-to-air television – in other words the vast majority of our population. In the worst case scenario – a version of which is currently playing out in Kenya – we will be forced to stop broadcasting in analogue and millions of television sets will

Hamadoun Touré back in Mali after 8 years as Secretary General of ITU

Business, Governance, Internet
Mali has welcomed back with pomp and pride its ICT hero, Dr Hamadoun Touré, who has returned home after eight years at the helm of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), where many observers say he helped change the face of ICTs in the Third World.  Reports By Issa Sikiti da Silva BizTech Africa Touré has been replaced by China's Houlin Zhao, the man who has been acting as his deputy since he was elected S-G of ITU in 2007. The former ITU boss touched his motherland’s soil on 26 December 2014, feted by his government who dispatched a high-level delegation led by Mahamadou Camara, minister of digital economy, information and communication, to welcome him at the Bamako International airport. Touré said he was proud to have represented his country and the African continent with

The AUC does not deserve a .africa domain for blocking an African to speak

Governance, Internet
Africa Union Commission (AUC) is involved in yet another unnecessary  scandal, a guest blockage case. Last week on 24th April 2014  Sophia Bekele the DCA Executive Director was supposed to give  a KeyNote remark at the annual Girl's ICT day on 24th April 2014 in Addis Ababa Ethiopia at the invitation of  International Telecommunication Union (ITU), along with other dignitaries. According to an online source CIO, Ms Bekele was to deliver her speech after the opening remarks by ITU’s Regional Director of Africa Andrew Rugege as well as Bethelhem Tilahum, MD, soleRebels. Bekele was to be followed by Dr Elham M.A. Ibrahim, AUC Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy. However, just before she could deliver her speech, Bekele alleges that the AU – through its Infrastructure Commissioner

Sacrificing ICANN Not Enough for the US to Restore Its Internet Ethics

First Written by Jean-Christophe Nothias Editor in chief, The Global Journal on huffingtonpost.com We were only a few among media to realize, back in 2012, how arrogant and powerful was the US over its dominance of the Internet, and not just its control over the root servers and the domain name management. Policy making was at stake! Since December 2012, we know it as the US 120-member delegation to the World Conference on International Telecommunication (WCIT) left the room where over 190 nation states were convene to discuss terms of progress over agreement in international telecommunication connectivity. Its major reason was: "We do not want to see the word 'Internet' appearing in an updated telecommunication intergovernmental treaty. If the US accepts this, freedom of expression over ...
New SmartAfrica Manifesto to transform Africa

New SmartAfrica Manifesto to transform Africa

Rwanda, Kigali was  the venue of   Transform Africa 2013. The summit was Co-hosted by President Paul Kagame and Dr. Hamadoun Toure, the Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), with the aim of pooling together International participants to set a new agenda for Africa to leapfrog development challenges through the use and uptake of Broadband and related services. Presidents Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon, Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta (Mali), Salva Kiir Mayardit (South Sudan), Uhuru Kenyatta (Kenya), Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, and Paul Kagame of Rwanda said Africa should leverage the ICT to spur a pro-poor, sustainable growth.The meeting was also attended by executives from Microsoft, Samsung, Facebook and IBM. Six years ago in 2007, Rw

Bali IGF: Surveillance, Human Rights, Governance Of Internet Resources, “Multistakeholderism”

Cyber Security, Governance
The revelations of mass surveillance by the US and other intelligence services are expected to considerably influence the 8th Internet Governance Forum in Bali, Indonesia this week. There is a fear, said Robert Guerra from the Canadian Citizen Lab, that the surveillance topic will drive other issues and outcomes of the meetings, too. With “Surveillance and Snowden,” the Association for Progressive Communication and Giganet during their Joint Fora on Security, Surveillance and the Militarization of Cyberspace provide for a first showdown on day zero in Bali. The next meeting of the IGF – which arose from the 2003-2005 UN-led World Summit for the Information Society (WSIS) – is being held from 22-25 October. Many more panels will address the surveillance issue as many are human rights-rel