Issue #25   •   Quarter 3/4 Edition   •   December 2018

  1. The biggest markets for telecom services are the Asia/Pacific region, Europe and North America.
  2. Ms. Doreen Bogdan-Martin of the United States was elected to the post of Director of ITU's Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT). Ms Bogdan-Martin is the first woman elected to an ITU leadership position in the Union's 153-year history.
  3. The total spending on wireless data telecommunication worldwide is forecasted to reach nearly 500 billion U.S. dollars by 2019.
  1. Despite the declining fixed voice services market, fixed telecom spending is forecast to grow moderately in the next few years due to the rising demand in broadband access.
  2. Across the industry, expect to see 1GB access move to 10GB and 10GB aggregation to 100GB in order to cope with 4G growth and to lay the groundwork for new 5G-bearing core networks.
  3. ITU standardization experts have accomplished a major feat of engineering in the delivery of multi-vendor interoperable 100G DWDM coherent line interfaces. The standard interfaces will accelerate industry innovation to achieve greater capacity in metro networks.
  4. One million threads of fiber optic cable can fit in a ½” diameter tube.
  5. The Nokia tone for receiving SMS text messages is actually Morse code for SMS.
  6. The most common use for mobile phones is checking the time.
  7. The “cloud” is supported by multitudes of computers located in air-conditioned buildings owned by the service providers.
  8. Globally, the US has launched 5G services on a trial basis, while South Korea, Japan, China and some countries in Europe will have commercial 5G availability this year. In India, 5G roll-out is unlikely to be among the first wave of launches.
  9. The telephone is the most profitable invention US history.
  10. When you make a phone call there are no dedicated lines between you and the person you dial; merely packets of data being moved from place to place.
  11. The first text message sent was “Merry Christmas” by Neil Papworth.
  12. Fiber-Optic Link Around the Globe (FLAG) is a 28,000 kilometers (17,400 miles; 15,120 nautical miles) long fibre optic mostly-submarine communications cable that connects the United Kingdom, Japan, India, and many places in between. The cable is operated by Global Cloud Xchange. The system runs from the eastern coast of North America to Japan