Saturday, 15 December 2018

On the record: Peace and harmony

By Nick Wood, Total Telecom
Tuesday 23 December 14

ITU secretary-general-elect Houlin Zhao discusses his priorities for the global telecoms and ICT industries in 2015 and beyond.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will welcome a new secretary-general in 2015 in the shape of China’s Houlin Zhao, who has served as the UN body’s deputy since 2007. Zhao talks to Total Telecom’s Nick Wood about the role of the ITU, which includes encouraging the spread of broadband to underserved areas, spectrum policy, and standardising 5G. What is on your to-do list when you take office on 1 January? It is the ITU’s 150th anniversary next year. It needs to show its continued relevance to the industry. We have other issues as well: How can we sustain telecom and ICT development? How can we connect the unconnected quickly? How can we encourage new innovations and new technologies to develop? How can we help those who are marginalised? We also need a vision…

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will welcome a new secretary-general in 2015 in the shape of China’s Houlin Zhao, who has served as the UN body’s deputy since 2007. Zhao talks to Total Telecom’s Nick Wood about the role of the ITU, which includes encouraging the spread of broadband to underserved areas, spectrum policy, and standardising 5G. What is on your to-do list when you take office on 1 January? It is the ITU’s 150th anniversary next year. It needs to show its continued relevance to the industry. We have other issues as well: How can we sustain telecom and ICT development? How can we connect the unconnected quickly? How can we encourage new innovations and new technologies to develop? How can we help those who are marginalised? We also need a vision…

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