Partnership to leverage geospatial knowledge for ICT infrastructure development

May 6th, 2019, Published in Articles: PositionIT, Featured: PositionIT

The World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) announced a partnership for making information and communication technologies available to all. The organisations will work towards promoting and fostering knowledge exchange and expertise for best practices in the field of ICT and geospatial technologies for a sustainable digital economy.

WGIC represents the geospatial industry. By working with various stakeholders from the geospatial industry, it wants to create more sustainable, integrated, connected and smarter cities. ITU, an agency of the United Nations responsible for ICT, is committed to connecting people globally across income levels. Allocation of  global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, developing the technical standards required for seamless integration of networks and technologies, and striving to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities worldwide are some of its goals.

Both organisations believe that knowledge can build a connected world, and that ICT infrastructure aided by geospatial information and technology, through better analytics, can help intelligent planning and decision making. According to the ITU, highly accurate geospatial data and advanced spatial analytics are essential for 5G deployment, which would also require denser telecom networks.

Contact Tanuja Vashistha, WGIC, tanuja.vashistha@wgicouncil.org

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