As announced on this blog in a previous post, international experts on smart sustainable cities met last week during the third ITU Green Standards Week (GSW), held at Telefónica’s headquarters in Madrid, to respond to major questions about smart cities and to accelerate their development. Are people in a smart city happier? This is possible [...]Read more
The Green Standards Week is an ITU’s idea that consists on inviting all leaders of the ICT sector for one week to discuss the contribution of ICTs towards a more efficient/sustainable economy. It has been materialized in an annual event organized by the ITU and hosted by an ICT company. The 1st edition of the [...]Read more
The ITU‘s WTPF held as scheduled from 14 to 16 May in Geneva with good attendance, but perhaps less than expected. The day before took place the two sessions of Strategic Dialogue: Building Out Broadband and Broadband Driving Development. The first session explored whether access to broadband is a basic need, public utility, fundamental right, [...]Read more
On May 23 the School of Telecommunication Engineering (ETSIT) of the Polytechnic University of Madrid will host the Annual Conference of the Internet Governance Forum in Spain (IGF Spain 2013). The conference aims to: • Serve as a reference in Spain for the debate on those issues involving Internet governance. • Analyze the current issues, [...]Read more
The European Internet Foundation organized last month a preparatory meeting for the Fifth World Telecommunication Policy Forum (WTPF) that will take place in Geneva on 14-16 May. The aim of this preparatory meeting was to gather different stake-holders together to debate and exchange views on the process, the European position as well as on the [...]Read more
Last week, “Vibrant” Beijing, as described by the always empathic Fadi Chehade, ICANN President and CEO, received more than 2200 participants for the biggest ICANN meeting ever held. In the opening session of the meeting Mr. Chehade underlined the recent opening of the first two ICANN hubs (Singapore and Turkey) and announced the launching of [...]Read more
Dubai was a turning point for the global Internet governance agenda. The World Conference ended up dividing the delegates: 89 for the new Treaty and 55 against it. In fact, it represented two confronting views of the Internet governance. On the one hand we have those States that wanted to extend the ITU’s role while [...]Read more
Cities are powerful engines of economic growth, fuelled by intensive interpersonal communication and high concentrations of specialized skills. However, urbanization’s correlation with economic growth is mirrored by significant sustainability challenges, with cities today accounting for over 70 per cent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and 60-80 per cent of global energy consumption. Given that [...]Read more
As we enter 2013, it is common to find many predictions, trends, top tech issues concerning the ICT sector for the new year.
Mobile seems to be the king of the predictions for 2013, but let´s not forget also the explosion of the Internet of Things, the raise of Big Data, Cloud Computing developments, Digital health services expansion or the m-payments amongst others. . .All of them will unavoidably influence the public policy agenda this year.
Let´s briefly mention the main topics that will be on the public policy table for this year:Read more
The World Conference on International Telecommunications, in charge of the review of the International Telecommunication Regulations Treaty of 1988 ended last Friday the 14th December in Dubai. After several years of preparation, a final year swamped with meetings, seminars, discussions, interviews, statements, posts, etc. and two intensive weeks of debates and working groups in Dubai, [...]Read more
After its 6th meeting held in New York City at the end of September, the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development has released a new report called “The State of Broadband 2012: Achieving Digital Inclusion for All”.Read more
Telefónica attended at the beginning of October the 1st Global Regulators-Industry Dialogue (GRID) in Sri Lanka. This event is an integral part of the 12th Global Symposium for Regulators organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), this time in collaboration with and hosted by the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL). The aim of [...]Read more
For all the uncertainties surrounding the forthcoming Presidential elections in the US, we can at least get some foresight as to the impact on Telecoms and Internet Policy by reading the texts of the Democratic and Republican Platforms. If President Obama is elected to a second term in Office, he would stick to his pledge [...]Read more