ICT, Postal & Courier Services Minister Kazembe Kazembe

African countries being represented at the ongoing International Telecommunications Union (ITU) study group meeting being hosted by Zimbabwe have been urged to fully participate in the global digital economy by embracing future network technologies.

Information communication technology (ICT) experts and members of the ITU are attending the union’s study group 13 in Victoria Falls aimed at advancing the ongoing work towards coming up with new standards to enhance electronic communication ecosystem.

In his remarks during the official opening ceremony, ICT, Postal and Courier Services Minister Kazembe Kazembe said Africa should fully participate in the development of standards for future networks and to harness new technologies for socio-economic transformation.

“Let us be mindful of the fact that it is through embracing future network technologies that Africa can leapfrog development,” he said.

Delegates attending the meeting were also urged to play a meaningful role in addressing the issue of the standardisation gap that exists between the developed and developing countries.

“SADC and the rest of Africa should seize the opportunity and join the standardisation band wagon,” said some of the delegates.

The ITU study group 13 meeting is focusing on future networks that are expected to be implemented as phased deployments around 2020.

The group is standardising the future networks with the objectives of service, data, environmental and socio-economic awareness.