Hi there,

It’s another Wednesday and I bring you an equally exciting and educating Productivity Wednesday article. So, a few days ago, a friend shared a video with me that pointed to the fact that the year will be over in about four (4) months and her question was, “where did all the days in the year go to?” Well, some of us, just like my friend will wonder the same but others will differ, which is still totally fine. But if your expectation or shock for the coming year is you feel you would achieve your dreams in the coming year or there are things you have been procrastinating but hoped to achieve this year, well, I urge you to get and go! Now is the time; stop stalling! That been said, let’s dive into the discussion of the day.

Going by our discussions for the past 4 weeks, we have discussed different standardization bodies, starting from the one local to us in Nigeria and moving to the global standardization bodies. There are three largest and most organized global standardization bodies, and they are International Organization of Standardization (ISO), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and International Telecommunication Union (ITU). ISO and IEC have been discussed in the previous weeks, kindly explore the blog to find the article and enjoy the read. Today, we take the conversation to the International Telecommunication Union.

International Telecommunication Union also known as ITU is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for all matters related to information and communication technologies. The ITU promotes the shared global use of the radio spectrum, facilitates international cooperation in assigning satellite orbits, assists in developing and coordinating worldwide technical standards, and works to improve telecommunication in the developing world. It is also active in the areas of broadband internet, wireless technologies, aeronautical and maritime navigation, radio astronomy, satellite- based meteorology, TV broadcasting and next generation networks.

The ITU comprises three broad sectors – Radio Communication, standardization, and Development with each managing a different aspect of the matters handled by the Union, as well as ITU Telecom. The sectors were created during the restructuring of ITU at its Plenipotentiary Conference.

  1. Radio Communication (ITU-R)

Established in 1927 as the international Radio Consultative Committee or CCIR, this sector manages the international radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbit resources. In 1992, the CCIR became the ITU-R.

  • Standardization (ITU-T)

Standardization was the original purpose of the ITU since its inception. Established in 1956 as the International Telephone and Telegraph Consultative Committee or CCITT. This sector standardizes global telecommunications (except for radio). CCITT became the ITU-T in 1993.

  • Development (ITU-D)

Establish in 1992, this sector helps to spread equitable, sustainable, and affordable access to Information and Communication Technology (ICT). It also provides the secretariat for the broadband commission for sustainable development.

  • ITU Telecom

ITU Telecom organizes major events for the world’s ICT community.

Information and Communication Technology is progressing at an exponential growth around us, and our dear Nigeria became a member of the ITU on the 4th of November 1961. So, if you are looking at starting a telecommunication company or currently run a telecommunication business and requires ensuring international acceptable standard; kindly contact us to help with all processes for your registration with the ITU. Send us an email today to get a quote.

Until I come your way again, stay safe, work smart and not just hard.



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