Asia Briefs: GSMA-ITU forum pushes digital societies agenda, Ericsson appoints head of North East Asia & more

GSMA-ITU forum pushes digital societies agenda The GSMA and ITU, with support from ICANN and the Internet Society, organised a forum in Bangkok this week that brought together more than 100 policymakers, regulators and industry executives to discuss the development …

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ITU “reveals” 5G plan, coins IMT-2020 term

United Nations agency ITU claims to have established an overall roadmap for 5G development, including goals, process and timeline but, while unveiling “IMT-2020″ as the name it will use for the mobile standard, the announcement was sparse on details. The …

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Google, ITU hope for a better life in the city

Google and the ITU separately announced initiatives to encourage more joined-up thinking about the urban experience, with both citing similar challenges around cost of living, transport, housing and energy usage. While the ITU has set up a specific, standards-making group, …

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ITU urges Asia to reduce digital divide

DYNAMIC SPECTRUM ALLIANCE GLOBAL SUMMIT, PHILIPPINES: The Asia-Pacific region has high cellular penetration yet fairly low internet uptake, an issue which needs to be addressed by governments as well as the private sector, according to Christian Gomez, the ITU’s spectrum …

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ITU turns spotlight on 5G core networks

ITU, a UN agency for telecommunications, created a new focus group to look at standardisation requirements of wireline networks to support 5G RANs. The network study group is within the purview of ITU’s Standardisation Sector (ITU-T), an ITU bureau, which …

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5G a “special generation” – but in good time

The mobile industry should consider 5G as a “special generation”, introducing “challenges in all layers of the technology”, Mike Short, VP of public affairs Telefónica Europe, said at Mobile World Congress today. Speaking in one of today’s sessions covering the …

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ITU approves G.fast standard

Members of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) have given their final approval to the broadband technology G.fast. Having the standard in place ensures the technology can now be made commercially available and used to complement fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) scenarios.

ITU holds mega event to outline 2016-2020 strategy

The ITU (International Telecommunications Union) has kicked off its 19th ‘Plenipotentiary Conference’ (informally known as PP-14), which outlines the UN ICT unit’s strategy and financial plan for the period 2016-2020. The event, which takes place in Busan, South Korea over the next three weeks, gathers together some 3,000 international delegates to discuss the future of the […]

BT claims G.fast 1Gbps via fibre-copper mix

BT has revealed the results of its G.fast technology field trial showing combined downstream and upstream speeds of 1Gbps can be delivered via fibre-copper mix.