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Telecommunications Community
Project: Future of Digital Communications
Project: Digital Infrastructure & Applications 2020+
Project: Future of the Internet
Project: Digital Transformation
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Telecommunications Community

The Industry Partnership programme is the World Economic Forum’s primary means for engaging its corporate partners, focusing on the most important industry and cross-industry issues, and creating opportunities to engage in acts of global corporate citizenship.

The Telecommunications Industry community consists of a select group of Partner companies. Drawing on the Forum’s neutral platform and global networks, it brings together business, government and academic leaders to identify the key challenges facing the telecommunications industry that would benefit from collaborative action.

By organizing customized sessions, meetings with public figures and initiatives that convene leaders from the telecommunications sector, the partnership brings visibility and insight to strategic decision-making. It also provides opportunities for interaction with experts from other industries, including IT, media, financial services, the automotive industry and healthcare.

Project: Future of Digital Communications

This project is based on the work done by the current Global Agenda Council on the Future of Digital Communications. The Industry Agenda Council on the Future of Digital Communications will encourage the development and benefits of the digital economy by defining policies and frameworks that boost investments and foster service and business model innovation through competition. The project will:

  • Propose alignment of policy and regulatory approach worldwide to support innovation, investment, trust and access
  • Bring the next billion online and within the digital economy
  • Accelerate the deployment and use of the internet of things to improve the quality of life in ways that solves real and immediate problems in emerging economies

Project: Delivering on Digital Infrastructure

In May 2013, the World Economic Forum convened a cross-industry initiative to determine how digital infrastructure could keep pace with the fast-growing demand for digital services. The conclusions of the initiative were published in the 2014 report, Delivering Digital Infrastructure: Advancing the Internet Economy. Building on this work, the Forum’s Digital Infrastructure and Applications 2020+ initiative further investigated the greatest challenges facing the information and communications technology environment in the next 5-10 years in developed and developing markets, and made recommendations on how best to overcome these challenges. The initiative examined the exact issues of providing infrastructure and applications to people all over the world, including the 4.5 billion people – mostly in emerging markets – who remain unconnected. Click here to view the project report.

Project: Future of the Internet

The Internet has been a principal contributor to disruption and growth in the global economy over the past decade. To address many of the most pertinent Internet-related policy and governance questions – ranging from cybercrime and security to privacy and big data, and from commercial liability and legal jurisdiction to access by developing countries and marginalized populations – the right balance needs to be struck, requiring a certain level of mutual understanding and trust. The Future of the Internet Initiative was launched in an effort to help strengthen such trust and expand concrete cooperation on the Internet-related challenges among multiple interested parties and stakeholders. Click here for further information.

Project: Digital Transformation

As part of the Future of the Internet Global Challenge Initiative, the Digital Transformation project will analyse the impact of digital technologies on business – at the industry and enterprise level – and on society. The project is a multi-year, cross-industry initiative that serves as the focal point for new opportunities and themes arising from latest developments and trends from the digitization of business. It will identify key drivers, enablers, inhibitors and trends and how these are shaping emerging ecosystems and impacting business models.

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