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ITU Telecom World 2017


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Thank you to all of you – leaders, delegates, speakers, exhibitors, SMEs, media, ITU Telecom World Award winners and finalists, sponsors and partners – all of you who made ITU Telecom World 2017 such a success! Here’s a round-up of our event highlights with links to further content and information.



ITU Telecom World 2017 in numbers

  • Over 9100 total participants from 126 countries
  • 458 exhibitors from 35 countries, including 271 SME exhibitors
  • 31 National and thematic pavilions
  • 125 speakers from 41 countries
  • 151 accredited media

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Leadership Summit & Forum

Speakers spanned heads of governments, leaders from the ICT industry, SMEs, entrepreneurs and innovators, international organizations, financial organizations and academia, providing global perspectives on smart digital transformation and its global opportunities.

Discussions began with the top-level Leadership Summit, moderated by Jeremy Wilks of Euronews, which brought together speakers from public and private sectors to explore different visions of smart societies and debate the challenges of building a resilient digital future. 

Forum sessions debated topics crucial to our smart digital transformation, including new approaches to connectivity; the development of new technologies such as AI, IoT and 5G; the importance of content and capacity; digital literacy and skills for the smart era; the reinvention of telcos; digital resilience and cybersecurity.

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International exhibition

The exhibition featured innovations in areas spanning 5G, AI, VR, smart health, smart finance, IoT, radio frequency spectrum solutions, spectrum management and smart city technologies, plus partnership, collaboration and investment opportunities from across the world. Leading exhibitors included ATDI, CATD, China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, GEW Technologies, Ericsson-LG Korea, GSMA, Huawei, KT, K-ICT week, Inmarsat, LG Uplus, LS telcom, Microwave Vision Group, Nokia, Rohde & Schwarz, Samsung Electronics, SK telecom, Swisscom and Vodafone Egypt.

National Pavilions from across the world included Azerbaijan, Cameroon, China, China SME, Gabon, Ghana, Iran, Japan, Korea, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, and Zimbabwe, with first time participation from Benin, Brazil, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Mozambique, Philippines and Sierra Leone. Thematic Pavilions joining the event included CSAIA, KT, ITU-R-ITU-D, K-ICT Week zone, TIAA and ITU-T’s Smart ABC Pavilion, focusing on Smart AI, Smart Banking and Smart Cities.

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Partner sessions

The event showcased partner sessions with KT, TDIA, Nigeria, IMDA, MSIT, MIAC and CSAIA, exploring a number of areas including AIs in smart cities, intelligent networks, TDD spectrum and 5G, the 4th industrial revolution and the role and functions of satellite applications in the Belt and Road initiative.

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Media, news and announcements

Taking advantage of the event’s global platform, the ITU Journal: ICT discoveries was launched at a ceremony, with a focus on “The impact of Artificial Intelligence on communication networks and services”. MoUs were signed between ITU-R and Central Radio Management Service of the Republic of Korea and between ITU-T and the Korea Institute of Finance.

151 global media accredited to speak to senior government figures, SMEs and industry figureheads, along with 38 media partners from trade and telecom press around the world, including top tier media such as Euronews, who also moderated the Leadership Summit. A number of press conferences took place throughout the week, from Indonesia, Huawei and South Africa. Nigeria Day marked the official opening of the Pavilion and Ghana Day showcased the country’s key national ICT projects and players.

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Connecting B2B, B2G

A dedicated business matchmaking service provided targeted B2B and B2G matchmaking opportunities in a specially-designed space for national delegations and companies or organizations exhibiting on the showfloor.

A lunch hosted by Senegal facilitated networking and discussion, along with high profile networking occasions such as the Event Opening Ceremony, Welcome and Farewell Receptions. Networking breaks and happy hours sponsored by companies such as Inmarsat and Subah helped ensure conversations continued during and after Forum sessions. 

And delegates, speakers, exhibitors and sponsors all took to the Event App, to connect, share content, check out the programme and plan their event journey.

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ITU Telecom World Awards

From micro-lending to a location-based shopping platform, an artificial intelligence-powered concierge robot, a digital data analytics solution and a voice recognition-based diagnostic system for babies, the third edition of the ITU Telecom World Awards celebrated creativity and innovation in digital solutions meeting real-world social needs. 

Winners and finalists in several categories were presented with trophies and certificates by ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.

Award winners & finalists



ITU-wide perspectives

ITU sectors were represented throughout the event. Hyundai-Motors, HEAD Acoustics, APT, DASAN, Global Plan, KISA, NICT, NTT Korea, OKI, Swisscom, Vodafone Egypt, and the digital mayor’s office of Seoul exhibited at the ITU Standardization Sector (ITU-T) Smart ABC pavilion, as well as  AI and fintech start-ups showcasing social robots, intelligent scheduling assistants and AI-powered financial inclusion. ITU's Development Sector (ITU-D) showcased the work done with its members to accelerate digital inclusion and catalyse digital transformation, while building innovation capacity towards the realization of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

ITU's Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) featured a panel session “Enabling and shaping the wireless ecosystem: Celebrating the 90th anniversary of CCIR/ITU-R Study Groups”, which highlighted the role of the ITU-R process to support global regulations.

In addition, a series of series of side events provided perspectives from across ITU, its membership and partners.

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Thank you to our partners & sponsors

A very big thank you to our excellent hosts, the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) of the Republic of Korea, and Busan Metropolitan City. We would also like to thank our partners & sponsors from industry, national government, regulators, media and organizations around the world, without whose invaluable support the success of this event would not have been possible.

Partners & sponsors


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