Discover ITU's Programs and Focus on Standards

International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
1 December 2018

With 193 member states, over 700 industry members, and over 130 academic and research institutes, ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technology (ICT). ITU coordinates the global allocation of radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits, develops international standards enabling interconnection and interoperability, and assists developing countries in the application of advanced ICTs.

IMT-2020 (5G) is a major focus for ITU Study Groups’ international standardization work.

The IMT-2020 programme coordinates the international standardization and identification of spectrum for 5G mobile development. Work to evolve the optical transport network in support of 5G is accelerating. New ITU standards address 5G network management and orchestration, softwarization and slicing, and fixed-mobile convergence. Momentum is building in ITU’s studies of the new dynamics of performance, QoS and QoE to emerge in the 5G era.

ITU Focus Groups accelerate studies on topics of emerging strategic importance to ITU membership.

Participation in ITU Focus Groups is open to all interested parties. These groups deliver base documents to fuel international standardization work in ITU Study Groups. Active ITU Focus Groups are addressing data processing and management (FG-DPM), digital fiat currency (FG-DFC), blockchain (FG-DLT), and machine learning’s contribution to 5G systems (FG-ML5G).

Artificial Intelligence will come to influence a broad scope of ITU’s technical work.

The AI for Good Global Summit is the leading United Nations platform for dialogue on AI. The summit builds support for near-term AI actions to accelerate sustainable development. The 2018 summit targeted breakthroughs in healthcare, smart cities, food security, and trust in a data-driven world.

The first issue of the new ITU Journal: ICT Discoveries explores AI’s contribution to communication networks and services. The second issue will share a strong bond with the first, investigating the innovation required to ensure that data proves a force for good – a Call for Papers invites submissions until 29 June 2018.

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ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies — ICTs. We allocate global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develop the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strive to improve access to ICTs to... Read more