The past fifty years have witnessed the inception of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and the huge leap mankind took in its development. This led to the need for an international organization to support the growth in this field and to ease the access to these types of technologies across the globe. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a specialized agency of the United Nations, is one of those organizations that takes upon itself to look into ICTs issues and concerns.
To take a step back in history, ITU was first formed in 1865 as the International Telegraph Union, when the telegraph was the “smart phone” of that time, and grew to become ITU in 1934 and joined the UN in 1947. The Union is designed to bring the public and private sectors together with more than 193 countries and 700 private and public companies as its members.
Through the years, since 1971, ITU organized a Telecom World Forum to gather all of its members, the young and established innovators and industry investors under one umbrella and to provide an international platform to discuss existing and emerging challenges of ICT. Year after year, the Forum gained more and more attraction and the ITU Telecom World 2013, which was held in Bangkok, Thailand, was attended by 6000 participants, 239 expert speakers and 300 media outlets from 20 countries. The exhibition hosted 166 exhibitors from 33 countries.
Chosen from a group of strong competitors, Qatar is hosting the ITU Telecom World 2014 from the 7th to the 10th of December. With keeping “Future in Focus” as the theme of this year’s Telecom World, the forum will “explore how disruptive developments in technology, business and society are transforming the ICT industry and examine potential scenarios of the future.” With expert speakers attending from all over the word to talk in various sessions, the Forum is a great opportunity for the attendees to grasp the reality of today’s ICT developments and to network with experts, innovators and investors from across the world.
Since it became a member in 27th of March, 1973, Qatar has participated in different ITU projects and initiatives in order to reach its local and global goals in alignment with Qatar National Vision 2030 that focuses on a knowledge-based economy.
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