Connectivity & Telecom

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    Video Q&A: Accelerating Africa’s Digital Transformation Through ICTs

    Africa has the lowest number of Internet connections — many countries still have less than 20 percent broadband penetration rate, which is compounded by lack of access to reliable and affordable electricity. Beyond infrastructure, the need for improving access to training and education, healthcare, financial inclusion, food security, and other…

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    Video Q&A: Protecting Data Privacy in the Use of ICTs in Indonesia

    The COVID-19 pandemic emphasized the need for data governance in order to enable universal connectivity and data sharing for efficient public services. In Indonesia, for example, many users lack confidence in the use of cell phones or ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) because the data they generate are owned by…

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    Video Q&A: Bridging Digital Divide in Mexico Through Collaborative Regulation

    Mexico has seen steady growth in internet connectivity since its constitutional reform in 2013. Today, about 70 percent of Mexicans have access to wired or wireless internet. Yet only 47 percent of the rural population has internet access, compared to 76 percent of the urban population who are online. The…

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    Video Q&A: Connecting Rural India Through Technology Standards

    In India, government-funded programs such as the National Optical Fiber Network (NOFN) have helped more than half of the rural areas gain access to reliable network infrastructure. As India works to speed up internet coverage in the rest of the nation, however, the digital infrastructure remains under-utilized by end users.…

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    Data Privacy and Ease-of-Use in Wireless Networks

    Wireless technology has evolved enormously since the 1999 Macworld trade show, at which Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced Apple’s AirPort wireless base station and iBook—the first Wi-Fi products widely marketed to consumers, enabled by the IEEE 802.11b™ Standard. They were a great success, and PC vendors soon followed suit, sparking…

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    Four IEEE Standards to Guide the Future of Online Gaming and Esports

    Why Are Gaming and Esports Industry Standards Needed? Online gaming is one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing industries, with 2.7 billion global participants in 2020 (up from 2.2 billion two years earlier), and an estimated $180 billion in revenues in 2020 expected to nearly double by 2026. This growth…

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    Expanding Singlemode Fiber Capabilities in Ethernet Applications

    The lifecycles of technology innovation and standards refinement are tightly entwined in a space as huge and long-lasting as Ethernet. For example, the new IEEE 802.3cu™, IEEE Draft Standard for Ethernet Amendment: Physical Layers and Management Parameters for 100 Gb/s and 400 Gb/s Operation over Single-Mode Fiber at 100 Gb/s…

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    2021 IEEE Standards Association Awards Nominations Are Open

    IEEE Standards Association (IEEE SA) recognizes outstanding standards development participation through various award categories. Nominations for the 2021 IEEE SA Awards are now open until 31 July. Nominations can be made for the following awards: IEEE SA Standards Medallion For major contributions to standards development, e.g., leadership in standardization of new…

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    IEEE Standards Used in Your Everyday Life

    Technology has become an integral aspect of our everyday lives. From the internet to smart grid, and health care to transportation, technology standards are used in a variety of ways. IEEE standards enable many of these technologies, as well as those that have helped people cope with the COVID-19 pandemic…

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    How Standards Are Made?

    When you get a new tablet, laptop, or smart speaker, one of the first things you do is connect it to your home Wi-Fi network. When you get a new pair of Bluetooth earbuds, you immediately pair it with your smartphone or tablet.  After that, you probably never think about…

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