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List of Ship Stations and Maritime Mobile Service Identity Assignments (2015)
The 2015 edition of this service publication is now available for pre-order on multilingual CD at http://www.itu.int/pub/R-SP-LM.V-2015.  This is prepared and issued once a year by +ITU in accordance with provision no. 20.8 of the Radio Regulations. This List shall be provided to all ship stations for which a Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) installation is required by international agreement, as stipulated in Appendix 16 of the RR. Expected delivery date end-April 2015.
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ICTs vital in empowering local communities in disaster risk reduction
Addressing the #WCDRR International Forum on the use of ICTs for Disaster Risk Reduction, Brahima Sanou, +ITU Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau, called for a more innovative use of ICTs.  “With good planning, the same ICTs used to provide social services can be used in weather prediction, environmental monitoring, dissemination of timely alerts, and exchange of information among the humanitarian community for the coordination of activities during emergencies,” 
For a summary of the discussions, see http://newslog.itu.int/archives/845
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Radio-frequency spectrum + satellite orbits critical for global economy
 The +ITU Conference Preparatory Meeting for the forthcoming World Radiocommunication Conference opened today in Geneva.
The CPM will consolidate and finalize a report on the regulatory, technical, operational and procedural issues on the  #WRC15  agenda for 2-27 November 2015 http://ow.ly/KG7iU
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Supporting #Vanuatu in coordinating the humanitarian response
+ITU has dispatched emergency telecommunications equipment to Vanuatu following the devastation caused by #CyclonePam. At the request of the Government, ITU has sent 40 satellite phones, 10 Broadband Global Area Network terminals, and 35 solar panels to support relief coordination efforts.
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ITU Centers of Excellence developing expertise for the ICT sector
Set up with the aim to strengthen human and institutional capacity in telecommunication + ICTs, the +ITU  Centres of Excellence  offer over 150 training opportunities around the world every year.
Discover a Centre near you, and Guiselle Mejía's experience of the Postgraduate programme in Telecommunications Strategic Management http://newslog.itu.int/archives/832
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International cooperation must drive autonomous cars
Autonomous cars have the potential to change the life of billions of people and fundamentally change how road transportation works. Christian Friis Bach, Executive Secretary of +UNECE,  who opened the ITU Future #NetworkedCar symposium along with +ITU Secretary-General, Houlin Zhao, blogs on the benefits of autonomous cars and the international cooperation needed to pave the way 
https://itu4u.wordpress.com/2015/03/10/international-cooperation-must-drive-autonomous-cars

For more on the questions posed by the arrival of the future networked car, don't miss the blog by ITU’s Standardization Director, Chaesub Lee https://itu4u.wordpress.com/2015/03/04/questions-posed-by-the-arrival-of-the-future-networked-car
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Is the impact of mobile phones a myth?
Tae Yoo, Senior Vice President of Cisco Corporate Affairs, warns against viewing mobile phones as a silver bullet for economic growth + people's livelihood and urges corporations, government, nonprofits + academia to to work together on improving access to high-speed broadband and advancing truly transformational mobile tools.
At first glance, the numbers seem staggering. Global mobile phone penetration is 96 percent. In sub-Saharan Africa, where 47 percent of the population lives on less than $1.25 a day, mobile data us...
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ITU-R Recommendations & Reports 2015 available on DVD
The 2015 edition of ITU-R Recommendations and Reports constitutes a set of international technical standards developed by the Radiocommunication Sector of +ITU covering topics such as efficient management and use of the spectrum/orbit resource, radio systems characteristics and performance, spectrum monitoring and emergency radiocommunications for public protection and disaster relief. ITU-R Reports contain technical, operational or procedural statements prepared by radiocommunication study groups.
Order your copy at  http://www.itu.int/pub/R-REC-CD-2015
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Be part of #ITU150  celebrations!
Join +ITU in celebrating 150 years of innovation by sharing your "Happy Birthday ITU!" message via a quick video clip http://www.itu.int/en/150/Pages/form-videos.aspx
All languages are very welcome. Deadline is 1 May.

#ITU150   Happy Birthday messages will appear in a special Anniversary video to be released when ITU turns 150 years-old on 17 May this year
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Mobile money, OTT and roaming proposals
Will +ITU members define fair competition and pricing, asks ITU's Standardization Director, Chaesub Lee, as Study Group 3 meet in Geneva to discuss regional contributions on costing and pricing of #MobileMoney services, the economic impact of over-the-top (#OTT) services, common principles for mobile #roaming cost methodologies, and more.
Established in 1865, one of the founding principles of ITU was to provide a neutral venue for countries’ negotiation of interconnection rates for telegraph networks. The essence of this work lives ...
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Accelerate ICT innovation at ITU Telecom World 2015
Take part in #ITUWORLD to accelerate ICT innovation for social and economic development through exhibiting solutions, sharing knowledge and making meaningful connections http://telecomworld.itu.int
The +ITU global platform is coming together in Budapest, Hungary between 12-15 October to help ideas go further, faster to make the world better, sooner.
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New ITU Telecom World Young Innovators competition: Entrepreneurship Challenge
+ITU is looking for young social entrepreneurs using innovative ICT-based ideas to encourage entrepreneurship in local communities around the world. 18-30 year-olds with a startup or concept should share their ideas at https://ideas.itu.int to enter the #ITUWORLD  competition.
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This is the official Google+ page of International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The United Nations specialized agency for information & communication technologies (ICTs).

Our mission is to enable the growth and sustained development of telecommunications and information networks, and to facilitate universal access so that people everywhere can participate in, and benefit from, the emerging information society and global economy. The ability to communicate freely is a pre-requisite for a more equitable, prosperous and peaceful world, ITU assists in mobilizing the technical, financial and human resources needed to make this vision a reality.
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