ITU Plenipotentiary Conference kicks off in Dubai

The ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2018 started today in Dubai, marking the beginning of a three-week event that will see member states set the ITU’s direction for the next four years. The Plenipotentiary Conference is the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU’s) highest-level meeting, where its 193 member states agree on the Union’s overall strategic and financial plans. […]

ITU finalises coordination for Caribbean and Central American digital switchover 

The ITU has finalised the coordination process that will enable digital switchover to go ahead in Central America and the Caribbean region.   The global telecom body worked with regional regulators the Comisión Técnica Regional de Telecomunicaciones (COMTELCA), the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) and the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) to finalise the cycle of regional frequency coordination meetings on the use of the […]

ITU: half the world’s population still offline

Some 3.9 billion people – more than half the world’s population – have still never been online, according to an ITU research report released last week at the World Economic forum in Davos. The paper, titled ‘Connecting the Unconnected’ said that the world’s offline population have been excluded from the knowledge and opportunities that are […]

Italy finally ends interference-causing broadcasts

Italy has informed the International Telecommunications Union that it has ceased transmitting TV programmes on 61 frequencies that have been causing problems with interference in neighbouring countries. The ITU Radiocommunication Bureau received a complaint from the Slovenian government in 2005 about interference resulting from Italian broadcasts, with other countries joining the chorus of complaint from […]

Bundling of TV services with broadband on the up

Bundling of TV services as part of fixed-broadband offerings is becoming more common across developed markets, according to the International Telecommunications Union’s Measuring the Information Society 2016 report. Basic TV services are included in 24% of 2016 fixed-broadband offers across OECD countries, as compared to 19% in 2011, according to the report. By comparison, 41% […]

ITU: 53% of world’s population still not online

More than half of the world’s population is still not using the internet, according to stats issued by ITU. The research claims that 3.9 billion people remain cut-off from the resources of the internet, despite falling prices for information and communications technology. ITU says that 81% of people in developed countries use the internet, compared […]

ITU announces new HDR-TV standard

ITU has announced a new standard for High Dynamic Range Television (HDR-TV) that aims to build on its 2015-approved Ultra HD Television (UHDTV) Recommendation BT.2020. ITU said that the latest ITU-R HDR-TV Recommendation BT.2100 will give viewers an “enhanced visual experience with added realism” and allows TV programmes to take advantage of new and much brighter […]

ITU: 43% of the world’s population now online

Some 43.4% of the world’s population, roughly 3.2 billion people, are now online according to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The ITU’s ‘Measuring the Information Society Report’ predicts that by the end of the year, 46% of households globally will have internet access at home, up from just 30% in 2010. “In the developed world, […]

WRC-15 safeguards sub-700MHz band for broadcasting in EMEA

European public broadcasters body the EBU has applauded a decision reached at WRC-15 to safeguard the 470-694MHz spectrum band for digital-terrestrial broadcasting in ‘ITU Region 1’ – covering Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Africa, into the next decade. The decision followed pressure by the mobile telecom lobby to bring the 470-694MHz range into play […]

Mobile allocation confirmed for 700 MHz spectrum in Europe

The 700 MHz spectrum-band has been reallocated from broadcast to mobile use in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, the ITU has confirmed. In a decision made at the currently in-session World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15), the 694-790 MHz frequency band in ITU Region-1 will be allocated to mobile broadband. The International Telecommunication Union […]

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