Global delegates attending the 2018 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Dubai 29 October – 16 November have reached a consensus that global digital inclusion is vital to ensure the full benefits of 5G is attained.
Khaled Ahmed, adviser to the Ministry of ICT in Djibouiti speaking at the conference said although the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is working to remove the barriers inhibiting digital inclusion, a fresh push is needed at the global level in the advent of the rollout of 5G and various technologies. Mr. Ahmed also called for standardization of rules and regulations to ensure a fair ground for all countries.
According to V Raghunandan, deputy director general, international relations at Indian Ministry of Communications, any generation of technology could be looked at in the same way whether 3G, 4G or 5G, however it must be inclusive.
5G, a name used to describe the fifth generation of cellular mobile communications is believed to be the technology to support the Internet of things (IoT) era since it will include rapid data transfer rate, energy saving, cost reduction, and widespread device connectivity capabilities.
Internet access is growing rapidly, yet large groups of people remain unconnected to the Internet. As of 2015, about 43% of people had access to the Internet (in developing countries only 34%). Access to ICTs is part of the Sustainable Development Agenda, which commits to ‘significantly increase access to ICTs and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020’ (Goal 9.c).