18th World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium – WTIS-23
The annual World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposiums (WTIS) convenes public officials, private sector leaders, regulators, academics, and other partners to discuss the most recent developments in the digital and data fields. This year’s WTIS was themed ‘Advancing the measurement agenda to achieve universal and meaningful connectivity’.
The symposium underscored the significance of utilising extensive data from private open-data sources and mobile phone data to support evidence-driven policies and promote innovation in information society statistics, such as new ways of measuring ICT availability, access, usage, and affordability. It also shared the outcomes from two expert groups, which affirmed the central role of internationally comparable data in monitoring ICT-related developments.
ITU, in collaboration with the EU, launched the Dashboard for Universal and Meaningful Connectivity during the symposium. The dashboard tracks country progress and performance across connectivity metrics. ITU and the World Bank Group also announced their collaboration on putting mobile phone data to work for policymaking.
The 18th World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium (WTIS-23) will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 3 to 4 July 2023. The Symposium is organised by the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
As a global forum for telecommunications and information society measurements, WTIS includes high-level debates on key questions related to information and communications technology (ICT) policy and the related data aspects. The theme of this year’s event will be ‘Advancing the measurement agenda to achieve universal and meaningful connectivity‘. The work of the Expert Group on Telecommunication/ICT Indicators (EGTI) and the Expert Group on Household Indicators (EGH) will also be presented.
The Symposium is expected to bring together participants from all over the world working on ICT statistics in relevant ministries, regulatory agencies, telecommunications operators, technology companies, and national statistical offices.
The Symposium programme is available on the dedicated web page.