ITU focuses on affordable internet access, cyber security & local content

Affordable access to Internet, enhanced cyber security and local content were the main points adopted by the fifth International Telecommunication Union (ITU) conference that concluded on Friday in Hyderabad, India.

The Hyderabad ITU conference focused mainly on enhancing competition, innovation, and growth of Information & Communication Technology. ITU developed a concept called “Build on Broadband” in a bid to transform the way services are delivered.

Easy and affordable access to broadband will provide a boost to initiatives such as e-health, e-education, e-commerce and e-government.

According to the “Build on Broadband” concept, half of world’s population must have access to broadband by the end of 2015. But, ITU agreed that many hurdles will have to be overcome before achieving that target.

ITU said all the countries must cooperate with one another to enhance cyber security.

Speaking on the issue, ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Toure said, “Cybersecurity needs a common legal and regulatory framework across countries, and the regular updating of these laws to take into account the changing nature of cybercrimes.”

The main objective of the Hyderabad ITU conference was to discuss ways to improve competition, innovation or growth of Information & Communication Technology.