The ITU TELECOM WORLD 2009 Forum features sessions on various themes. On October 6th, NTT President & CEO Satoshi Miura spoke to telecoms carriers, vendors, government officials and other visitors from countries around the world about ICT and economic growth.
Session title: “ICT as a transformational infrastructure of infrastructures”
Time & date: 9:00-10:30, October 6th (local time)
I’d like to talk about NTT’s broadband networks and ICT services, and then indicate how ICT can contribute to economic growth and social benefits.
Currently, NTT Group is working on two strategies.
First, in terms of infrastructure, we have been leading the world by constructing the NGN which offers quality of service. For fixed line, we have expanded optical fiber broadband. For mobile, we will introduce Long Term Evolution, or LTE. This way, IP-based network will be ready by the end of the next fiscal year.
In addition, NTT Group is focused on creating ubiquitous broadband services on the NGN. For example, we are working on IPTV, video services, and e-learning for consumers; and SaaS and digital signage for businesses.
Now, I’d like to talk about the social importance of ICT services.
First, there is the contribution to economic growth. In Japan, ICT industry accounts for around one-third of real GDP growth. And it also has a positive impact on other industries. As you know, ICT has become indispensable in our daily lives, in all industries, and in public services because of its high penetration rate. Therefore, creating new ICT services will be critical to the recovery and growth of the global economy.
The second aspect is the role of ICT as a driver for transformation by encouraging innovation and resolving social issues. The contribution of ICT is not just limited to improved efficiency. Although we had been subject to constraints of time, space, and information in the past, ICT has enabled us to overcome those constraints. ICT offers innovations such as mobile banking, and it serves as a new infrastructure in our society. So, ICT has become increasingly essential for social development. For example, (1) Telework can provide work opportunities and reduce commuting time; (2) Teleconferences can cut out the need for business trips; (3) Home ICT services can improve convenience of everyday life.
Above all, these services can contribute to the solution of global environmental issues. Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama announced an ambitious goal about the reduction of CO2 emissions. ICT services will play an extremely important role in achieving this target.