ICT fulfills its promise on this World Telecoms Day
The backdrop for World Telecommunication and Information Society Day this year is unlike any we have experienced in recent history. The purpose of this day, which resonates greatly at the moment, is to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide.
In recent weeks, ICT has played a hugely significant role in the lives of millions, if not billions, of people around the world. Phones and the telco sector have allowed people to continue to be together, while staying apart. Enabling societies, and families, all around the world to stay connected. Video conferencing has enabled businesses and economies to continue to function – when work forces were locked down and forced into a new work from home regime. ICT has been tested to its limits and for the most part has delivered.
Under this year’s theme – ‘Connect 2030: ICTs for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’ – there is a specific focus on how technological advances over the next decade will hopefully accelerate the achievement of the SDGs. The economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is undoubtedly sizable, which makes the focus on ICT-enabled solutions for fostering economic, environmental and social sustainability timely, and important.
Bridging the divide
At Ding, we are focused on enabling connectivity wherever you are in the world and whatever you are doing. It is undeniable that there is a digital divide; while the developed world praises the potential of 5G, billions of people across the world only have access to 2G technology. There is a massive difference in access to technology depending on where you live. We are immensely proud of our ability to help people to stay connected regardless of where they are.
In times of crisis, interconnectivity helps people to lead as normal a life as possible while helping in some way to protect their livelihoods. This crisis has tested not just the telecommunications industry, but industries across the world. On World Telecommunication Day, we recognise that as a global society we face these challenges together and with our shared resources, we can enable growth, inclusiveness, sustainability, innovation and partnership throughout the world.