Vodafone Qatar announced it has become a sector member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a specialized agency of the United Nations.
Headquartered in Geneva, the ITU is made up of over 700 members and associates from the private sector and academia, in addition to 193 government members. Vodafone Qatar will participate in ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T), which assembles experts from around the world to develop standards and protocols for the global information and communication technologies (ICT) industry.
The ITU-T’s standardization work is carried out by Study and Working Groups, in which sector members develop Recommendations for respective areas of ICT. To date, over 3,000 ITU Recommendations define the operation and security of the global ICT infrastructure.
Kyle Whitehill, Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone Qatar, said:”We’re very honoured and excited to be part of this prestigious organization and join hands with world’s experts to help take the ICT industry, especially in Qatar, to newer heights in line with Qatar’s vision to become one of the world’s leading smart cities by 2030. Vodafone Qatar will bring a solid track record, knowledge and expertise to ITU’s local, regional and global discussions and strongly contribute to further build the fundamental standards of our industry. We also look forward to adding great value to conversations and initiatives around smart cities and the Internet of Things (IoT).”
“I am delighted to welcome Vodafone Qatar to ITU-T,” said Malcolm Johnson, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau.
“Their contribution to this body will be immeasurable both in regards to their technological expertise in the areas of M2M technologies and smart cites but also their contribution to the overall mission of the ITU.”
Vodafone Qatar is planning to participate in ITU-led discussions and dialogues to help raise the bar of the industry locally and regionally. With credentials of over 20 years in Machine to Machine (M2M) technology, Vodafone Qatar is perfectly placed to strongly contribute to smart cities conversations and standards and bring much needed expertise from the heart of a country that is looking to become one of the most connected places in the world.