ITU Telecom World 2019 heads to Budapest

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the government of Hungary has confirmed the hosting of the next ITU Telecom World event in Budapest, Hungary.

ITU Telecom World 2019 will take place in September 2019, with the exact dates to be announced in the coming weeks. The event returns to Europe, after taking place in Africa and Asia. It will be the second time it takes place in Budapest, following a successful event in 2015.

ITU Telecom World 2019 will focus on the smart digital innovations that can enhance lives and the key role that SMEs can play within the information and communication technology (ICT) ecosystem. It will continue as the international platform connecting tech SMEs with governments and corporates, attracting member states, regulators, heads of international organizations, global media, digital experts and visionaries, leading ICT corporations and cutting-edge tech SMEs from the region and across the globe.

“I am delighted to be working together again with the government of Hungary to build another successful ITU Telecom World event. With its excellent strategic location and dynamic digital ecosystem, Budapest provides the prime venue to explore the innovations, strategies and policies that are fuelling the digital economy,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.

“The government of Hungary is very pleased to be welcoming ITU Telecom World 2019 to Budapest,” said Peter Sztaray, State Secretary for Security Policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary.

“In hosting the event, the government of Hungary is underlining its commitment to supporting the digital innovation ecosystem, building partnerships and exploring cooperation on a regional and global level and growing the ICT industry to accelerate socio-economic benefits throughout the world,” added Sztaray.

ITU Telecom World 2018 concluded today in Durban, South Africa following an action-packed week of debates, networking, showcasing and Awards. The event, which welcomed more than 3,100 participants from 94 countries brought together an impressive line-up of top-level government representatives, influential industry leaders – from established players to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and from emerging and developed markets alike. Among these were over 200 information and communication technology (ICT) leaders from 74 countries, including 33 ministers, and 125 SME exhibitors from across the globe.

The Telecom Exhibition included 300 exhibitors, sponsors and partners from 32 countries. Delegates explored innovative smart digital solutions, SMEs and technologies in fields such as e-health, e-agriculture, e-education, digital government services and digital finance.

On show were life-enhancing innovations spanning such topics as intelligent agriculture, health screening platforms, Internet of Things (IoT), powered energy security services, digital finance, digital finance, virtual reality and augmented reality (VR/AR), smart learning, smart cities, Internet of Vehicles and more.