ITU Telecom World 2016 prepares to welcome expert line-up of global ICT players

Less than three weeks left until ITU Telecom World 2016 opens its doors. The global tech exhibition, forum for sharing knowledge and influential Awards programme, Telecom World 2016 will offer a networking hub for corporate, government and SME leaders. Taking place from14-17 November in Bangkok, Thailand, ITU Telecom World 2016 will provide a unique international platform bringing together developed and emerging markets, public and private sector leaders, and industry representatives from across the entire ICT ecosystem.


This year's focus will be on collaboration in the digital economy and the key role SMEs play in our digital ecosystem. Pick up your accreditation today to join the event. Accreditation enables free access to the event for registered news media and analysts.


Top participants and key highlights to look out for include:

  • Leadership Summit & Forum: With an expert speaker line-up including:
  • Michele Franci, Chief Technology Officer, Inmarsat
  • Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General, UNCTAD
  • Philip Metzger, Director General, Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM), Switzerland
  • H.E. Mr Manoj Sinha, MP, Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, India
  • Mr Ari Sarker, Co-President, Asia Pacific, MasterCard


Discussions will be launched by a VVIP panel at the Forum Opening ceremony, followed by the Leadership Summit, which convenes highest-level experts from public and private sectors to explore why working together is so important for growing the digital economy. Forum sessions will delve into an exciting set of topics such as AI, how ICTs can meet the UN's Sustainable development goals (SDGs), the connected car, digital financial inclusion and fiscal incentives and taxation in the industry. See full programme here.


  • Other Forum highlights include B2B and B2G dialogues-- frank conversation between SME, government and business leaders on strengthening cross-industry collaboration and accelerating innovation; Ministerial Roundtable on the crucial role of governments in advancing digital economy; Economic and Industry Roundtable, bringing together global ICT consulting firms, R&D entities, regional and international organizations; and the Asia Pacific Exchange on Broadband Regulation and Policy (co-hosted with Huawei).
  • International Exhibition: showcasing digital solutions and investment opportunities from countries and companies from emerging and developed markets, including SMEs. Must-see Pavilions include Azerbaijan, China, Ghana, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Republic of Korea, Rwanda and Senegal, as well as first-time Pavilions from Bangladesh and Madagascar.
  • ITU Telecom World Awards:  look out forthe ITU Telecom World Awards,recognizing excellence and innovation in ICT solutions with social impact from SMEs and corporates alike. The Awards have been attracting interest from around the world, and will be presented by ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao during the event.
  • ITU-wide agenda: The event will also provide perspectives from across ITU and its membership and partners, with a host of exciting co-hosted events from across the ITU.


Note: Media accreditation for ITU Telecom World 2016, 14-17 November 2016, enabling free access to the event for registered media and analysts is open. Accreditation is compulsory.


UN Press accreditation is valid, but registration is required to obtain an event badge.


Journalists and analysts who have been formally accredited for ITU events in 2016 and whose details have not changed during this period do not need to re-submit a request for accreditation credentials. They still need to register for an event badge.


Accreditation and registration for ITU Telecom World 2016 in advance is highly recommended to avoid queues and delays onsite.