The profound messages about a new world from ITU Digital World 2020

After 3 days of organizing, the Digital World Conference and Exhibition (ITU Digital World 2020) officially ended. Despite being held in a very short time, the event still left many profound messages in the minds of participants.

The Digital World Conference and Exhibition (ITU Digital World 2020) is the annual event of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and also the world’s largest event in telecommunications and IT (ICT).

Formerly known as the International Telecommunication Exhibition (ITU Telecom World), this event is now being held in Vietnam under a new name – the Digital World Conference and Exhibition (ITU Digital World 2020).

Many profound messages about a new world have been shared from ITU Digital World 2020. Photo: Le Anh Dung

Influenced by the Covid-19 epidemic, this is also the first time in the history of the International Telecommunication Exhibition to be held online on the Make in Viet Nam platform at

With the participation of 30 ministers, 20 deputy ministers, and many leaders of regulatory agencies, experts from more than 50 countries, through many sessions, experts have contributed many comments and comments. a leading world telecommunications industry in the coming years.

Digital transformation is the way the world can overcome a pandemic

At the opening session, Minister of Information & Communications Nguyen Manh Hung, on behalf of the host country of Vietnam, gave an affirmation, the new name of the Conference and Exhibition of the Digital World (ITU Digital World 2020) reflected powerful synergy of telecommunications, IT and digital technology.

Accordingly, the development of the world will be driven by digital technology. The annual Digital World Exhibition is to promote the development and application of digital technologies. That is also the reason that Vietnam launched the initiative to change the name of the International Telecommunication Exhibition (ITU Telecom World) to the Digital World Conference and Exhibition (ITU Digital World 2020).

Minister of Information and Communication Nguyen Manh Hung. Photo: Trong Dat

At the Conference of Ministers of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) member countries, leaders of the ICT industry around the world discussed the role of ICT in pandemic response and strategic planning. strategies during and after Covid-19 and orient the cooperation between ITU and member countries in implementing digital transformation programs.

IT is increasingly showing its role in helping the world respond to pandemic. Thanks to IT infrastructure, the world can still operate, the economic and social flows are not interrupted. In the context of a pandemic, the Internet has become the most effective tool for ensuring the connection of people despite social disparity.

Covid-19 also brings positives when it comes to creating opportunities to promote IT, digitize production, service and commercial activities. Digital transformation gradually becomes an irreversible trend, opening up to every nation, every economy, every organization and individual unprecedented opportunities for growth.

The world and the challenge of narrowing the digital gap

IT plays an important role in eliminating social and economic gaps. However, in the 47 least developed countries in the world, about 20% of the population is not connected to the Internet due to lack of infrastructure and expensive service prices.

The profound messages about a new world from ITU Digital World 2020
The development of the global telecommunications industry has been shared by many experts at ITU Digital World 2020. Photo: Trong Dat

In the crisis caused by Covid-19, there were still millions of people around the world without access to the Internet. Many people in remote areas suffer disadvantages due to the difficulty of accessing health care services, education, etc. due to geographical distance.

This gap will be gradually narrowed if these people have access to telecommunications infrastructure. Therefore, it is necessary to bring Internet access opportunities to remote and disadvantaged areas.

This is the time when the world must join hands to define priorities to speed broadband adoption and close the digital gap by increasing user outreach and technology availability. .

Governments can do this by introducing policies to attract investment, encourage carriers to expand coverage and provide services at a more affordable cost, and manufacturers roll out more cheap models of equipment, improve people’s digital skills and promote online education.

5G technology: Revolution created a resurgence for the telecommunications industry

Delegates from the world’s leading telecommunications companies and corporations also discussed the future of 5G and how to deploy this new technology.

Accordingly, 5G brings an information revolution instead of merely an upgrade in technology. This is evident when considering the difference between 4G and 5G. While 4G helps connect people together, 5G is used to connect everything.

The profound messages about a new world from ITU Digital World 2020
The International Conference and Exhibition 2020 (ITU Digital World 2020) will be held online for the first time. Photo: Trong Dat

Over the next five years, more than 1 billion people around the world will use mobile data with the average monthly consumption 4-5 times higher. 5G is an effective technology to meet that need.

In terms of bandwidth, with what 5G brings, we won’t have limits on this at least for the next few years. 5G technology will be key to the computing power and automation of factories.

What the telecommunications industry needs to ensure is that there must be a way to promote an open ecosystem. Along with the disruptive impact of 5G, governments should see the mobile ecosystem of more than $ 1 trillion as an engine of growth.

From a technology perspective, leading telecom experts all agree that, 5G will take a few years to develop. However, this technology will likely become the common foundation to promote the world to recover from a pandemic and enter a new normal state.

Cyber ​​security is a global issue

According to security experts, the world is facing a major threat to cybersecurity. Cyber ​​attacks are taking place on a large scale and tricks are constantly increasing.

Even during the Covid-19 pandemic, the number of cyber attacks increased by 60% over the same period and focused on the elderly and children, the most vulnerable. Besides, the number of phishing attacks is taking place more and more.

The profound messages about a new world from ITU Digital World 2020
Mr. Hoang Minh Tien – Deputy Director of the Department of Information and Communications (Ministry of Information and Communications) on behalf of the host country of Vietnam spoke at the seminar on Information Security at the Digital World Conference and Exhibition. Photo: Trong Dat

Fake news and malicious news also become tools for bad guys to install malicious code and proceed to collect data. This happened right in the boom period of IoT devices that put these devices at high risk of being put on the radar of cybercriminals.

However, in many parts of the world, people are just focusing on using technology and forgetting about security concerns. Many governments have good awareness of IT application but still have no national strategy for cybersecurity.

To fight cybercriminals, an ecosystem of cybersecurity is required instead of single actions. These challenges represent an opportunity for governments and the private sector to work together, in addition to global cooperation to solve global problems.

Each country’s information security forces also need a mechanism to share information with each other and increase the application of advances such as machine learning and AI in cybersecurity. In addition, there should be measures to raise awareness about cybersecurity.

According to experts, cybersecurity regulations and guidelines should take a top-down and bottom-up approach. Governments should enact security implementation regulations. Meanwhile, separate regulations may also be issued within the businesses themselves.

Every citizen must benefit from ICT technology

At the closing session, Mr. Houlin Zhao – General Secretary of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) congratulated the host country of Vietnam for successfully organizing the World Conference and Exhibition 2020 (ITU Digital World 2020). Mr. Houzin Zhao also appreciated Vietnam’s initiative on renaming and organizing online events.

The profound messages about a new world from ITU Digital World 2020
At ITU Digital World 2020, Mr. Houlin Zhao – General Secretary of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) said that Vietnam is becoming a shining example in ICT development for many developing countries. Photo: Trong Dat

According to the Secretary General of the ITU, in recent days, ministers of the ITU member countries have met and together gave strong messages about cooperation and innovation.

Mr. Houzin Zhao also expressed his belief that the post-Covid-19 world will become a better place. The public and private sectors will cooperate with each other and coordinate with the international community to promote the development of the ICT sector. In that future, all citizens will benefit from the common development of ICT and no one will be left behind.

Trong Dat


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