The 15th World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium (WTIS) took place in Tunisia, from 14 to 16 November 2017. WTIS-17 was organized by the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and hosted by the Government of Tunisia.
The ITU World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium (WTIS) is the main global forum for telecommunication and information society measurements. Since 1996, the WTIS convenes government ministers, business leaders, regulators, national statisticians, top academics, and ICT data producers and analysts, from all parts of the globe, to discuss issues related to information society trends and their measurement. The adopted outcomes of discussions at the WTIS provide strategic guidance to the international community, including ITU, on future work priorities related to international harmonization of information society measurements. It is during the WTIS that ITU's latest ''Measuring the Information Society Report'' is launched. This report contains the results of the latest ICT Development Index (IDI), the leading global index that benchmarks the level of ICT development in over 170 economies worldwide.
WTIS is open to all ITU members as well as to experts in the subject of information society measurements. The Symposium is usually attended by around 500 participants from more than 100 countries working on ICT statistics in relevant Ministries, regulatory agencies, telecommunication operators, technology companies, and national statistical offices.
WTIS-17 featured high-level plenary talks on ICT data for investment, and emerging ICT trends in Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Cloud Computing, and Internet of Things. Participants had opportunity to join a selection of demos, tutorials, and lightning talks on data visualization and Big Data analysis tools, crowdsourcing data, next-generation networks and tracking the digital economy.