2021/05/17

Policy practices for e-waste management 2021

According to the Global E-waste Monitor 2020, approximately 53.6 million tonnes of e-waste was generated in 2019, affecting human health, the climate and the economy. Africa alone generates 2.9 million tonnes of e-waste every year, yet only 1% is formally documented to be collected or recycled. Some $3.2 billion USD of raw materials are contained in e-waste generated in Africa. A huge amount of economic value is lost, and a cost is incurred for both the environment and society. There are currently 13 countries in Africa covered by an e-waste policy, legislation or regulation. Effective policy and regulation results in an effective e-waste management system. To help this process, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the World Economic Forum with financial support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Denmark, Danida, have prepared a toolkit: Policy Practices for E-waste Management. Drawing on experiences from developing countries and emerging markets, particularly from African countries, the toolkit provides governments with a guide that outlines the system requirements for the management of e-waste. The toolkit considers the need for an all-actors approach and for the fair, inclusive and timely application of the extended producer responsibility principle. Policymakers are invited to use this toolkit as a pragmatic guide to formulate and strengthen e-waste management systems. The toolkit can be referred to for the entire system or for the individual pillars of business and finance, policy and regulation, technology and skills, monitoring and control, and marketing and awareness. The toolkit is designed to support members of the African Circular Economy Alliance.

2021/05/17

Happy World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

Today marks world telecommunication and Information Society Day. 156 years ago, the telecommunication Convention was first established on May 17, 1865, in Paris, France. The organization was later renamed the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in 1932, and Mongolia became an official member in 1964. The ITU, a specialized agency of the United Nations, currently has 193 countries as member states. Adapted from the opening remarks of ITU Secretary-General Mr. Houlin Zhao: The pandemic has brought us many challenges. ICTs have proven to be a powerful tool in keeping businesses running and our lives going. Still, many opportunities and challenges lie ahead. That is why digital transformation must accelerate for a better future. Yet if we continue on our current path at this pace, it will be very difficult to achieve the SDGs and connect the other half of humanity by the end of the decade. Now is the time to accelerate digital transformation! With those not connected living largely in poor areas that struggle to attract investors, and with limited investment resources not always being focused on ICT infrastructure, what we need now is a new mindset. A new strategy that promotes investments in ICTs and encourages all actors to make the best use of limited resources. On this day and beyond, I hope that we can all pull together to build back better with ICTs and unite the world in pursuit of digital transformation in every area of business, all parts of life, and for everyone. Happy World Telecommunication and Information Society day to all personnel of the telecommunications and information technology industry! #WTISD -World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.

2021/05/14

Pandemic in the Internet age

The world has now passed an unfortunate anniversary – more than 12 months have elapsed since the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Globally, the ICT industry has proved to be essential in reducing the negative impacts this crisis, considering that an enormous range of social and economic activities have shifted from face-to-face to online in a remarkably short period of time. This report builds on earlier work by ITU and a range of international institutions. It investigates the national, regional and global responses of the regulatory community and industry stakeholders (policy-makers, national regulatory authorities, network operators/service providers, equipment manufacturers, digital players, governments, academics, international and regional agencies and civil society). It considers the critical actions and initiatives undertaken early in the pandemic and examines their efficacy and sustainability in the medium and longer term. It also considers the long-term adaptation of the telecommunication industry to the uncertain and still emerging “new normal”.

2021/05/05

ITU JOURNAL FUTURE AND EVOLVING TECHNOLOGIES

The latest issue of the ITU Journal on Future and Evolving Technologies shares eight new papers on topics from network design and orchestration to privacy in cryptocurrency. The 2021 release issue 1, volume 2 includes: • Dynamic power control for future wireless networks • Ethernet protocol standards for time-sensitive networking • Privacy in cryptocurrency payment channel networks • Optimal network design for software-defined networking • Economic efficiency of spectrum allocation • Low-complexity coding for efficient error correction • Routing in multi-technology wireless sensor networks • Connectivity in the presence of hostile interference

2021/04/26

Mobile Net Zero – State of the Industry on Climate Action

In February 2019 the Board of the GSMA made a milestone commitment – to transform the mobile industry to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, at the latest. This report is the first evaluation of how the mobile industry is doing against this ambitious target. Covering the risks and opportunities, carbon emissions, digitisation and enablement, energy efficiency and mobile connectivity, transitioning to renewable electricity, mobile industry supply chain and adaptation and resilience this report is an in-depth analysis of how the mobile industry is doing on climate action.

2021/04/22

INTERNATIONAL GIRLS IN ICT DAY 2021

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) organizes Girls' ICT Day annually on April 22, and this year marks its 10th anniversary. The purpose of the festival is to close the gender gap in the field of communication and information technology, to strengthen the capacity of women around the world, and to inspire them in the framework of the Global Sustainable Development Goals.

2021/04/21

Facebook’s version of Clubhouse competitor is coming this summer

Facebook is going all in on audio. The company announced multiple products on Monday that emphasize voice content over text, images, or video. The products will be released over the next few months and, in some cases, will start with a limited set of people.

2021/04/12

22 telecommunication license services are now available from the E-MONGOLIA integrated e-service system

The Communications Regulatory Commission (CRC) operates the website www.license.crc.gov.mn to make the licensing of the telecommunications sector a step-by-step process in order for Mongolia to become an “e-nation”, provide e-government services, and e-transition. By linking the www.license.crc.gov.mn website to the integrated government e-service system website the www.e-mongolia.mn, it has become possible to provide 22 telecommunications license services to citizens, businesses, and organizations online.