As well as hosting its own events, the CTO supports events by other organisations where there is a synergy with the CTO’s vision and priority areas. The CTO participates in such events with partner organisations to spread key messages in the field of ICT4D, and to create a larger ICT4D community in which skills, knowledge and experiences can be shared. Linking with our partners’ platforms helps communicate, educate and motivate to an even wider audience. Supported events provide the CTO with an opportunity to share its expertise in specific areas at events convened by other organisations. This is done in a collaborative spirit, in order to influence and inform policy and advise decision-makers, so as to achieve greater socio-economic development across the Commonwealth in the field of ICTs.

We warmly welcome the opportunity to discuss any potential opportunities for partnering in delivering high-quality events and conferences. Please contact Lasantha De Alwis (Director and Head of the Operations Department/Corporate Secretary) at to discuss opportunities.

Details of upcoming supported events are provided below:

The 21st World Congress on Information Technology

10 – 13 September 2017
Taipei International Convention Centre

First held in 1978, the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) has become the premier international IT forum. Bringing together over 2,500 visionaries, captains of industry, government leaders and academics from more than 80 countries, it is an event of unparalleled scope and scale. Discussion topics range from emerging markets and technologies to legal and policy issues, user perspectives, new business opportunities and developing political and economic trends. The WCIT consistently attracts high level, internationally recognized leaders from government, industry and academia.

For more information, please visit:

The WWRF 5G Huddle – Laying the Groundwork for Widespread Adoption

May 31 – June 1, Crowne Plaza Gatineau – Ottawa

On May 31 & June 1 2017, the Wireless World Research Forum will host the 4th Annual 5G Huddle in Ottawa, Canada as part of the celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday.

5G will bring about fundamental changes in the way society and businesses function and how citizens live. It will drive innovation in vertical markets everywhere. But even the most innovative carriers are not expected to use 5G commercially before 2020, and large-scale 5G rollout will most probably take even longer.

With this in mind, the 2017 5G Huddle will focus concretely on the transition from 4G to 5G, i.e. on what needs to be done to lay the groundwork for widespread 5G adoption and ensure that we are prepared to capitalize on the opportunities and benefits ahead.

Topics will include:

  • Preparing for lift-off – realizing the 5G innovation opportunities
  • The global picture: Reaping the benefits of 5G for all
  • Maximizing the potential of 5G for Canada
  • Built-in not bolted on – ensuring secure 5G networks
  • Developing a spectrum 5G strategy: Preparing the network and promoting innovation
  • Measuring the success of 5G

For further information – including the latest program and speaker list – or to register, please visit or, alternatively contact Mair Carter on +44 (0) 2920 783 072 /

39th Meeting of the Wireless World Research Forum

18 – 20 October 2017, Castelldefels, Spain

Theme “Ready ‘n’ Go – 5G trials and testbeds”

The introduction of digital technologies is giving a major boost to societal and economic transformation. In the future, this will enhance our technical capacity to bring forth new and innovative products and services, in areas such as manufacturing, transport, energy, health, education and entertainment.

5G will be a key enabler of this transformation, coping with the different connectivity, storage and processing needs for each of these industry sectors. Therefore, a close interaction of vertical industries and 5G infrastructure stakeholders will be mutually beneficial. A fundamental point will be the validation of 5G technologies in a system-wide context, including multiple use cases, while supporting the requirements of these key vertical sectors.

WWRF is at the heart of this process, with its Vertical Industry Platforms creating a bridge between the ICT and vertical industries, and providing opportunities in its meetings to promote and discuss new trials and testbeds.

At our meeting in Castelldefels (Barcelona), Spain on 18th – 20th October 2017 we are providing in-depth workshops, invited talks and contributed technical papers on this very subject.


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Further Information:

For more information about sponsorship opportunities contact:
Lasantha De Alwis,Director and Head of Operations Department & Corporate Secretary
44 (0) 208 600 3814
44 (0) 208 600 3819