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While billions of people are 'connected', a large number is still not enjoying the benefits of internet, which is a basic right in the modern age, experts said during the 60th general meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

In his opening address, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) director-general Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori noted more than 90 per cent of the UAE population uses internet. And the UAE top in smartphone penetrations with over 80 per cent of the total population as users.

The UAE is on the threshold of a new future and IPV6 will make big changes in the digital world.

"We will see it soon, in which we will bid farewell to the last barrel of oil to be exported in the coming years. We are preparing tirelessly and getting ready for the future, striving to implement 5G broadband connections. A major step is the implementation of the sixth version of internet protocol IPV6."

He noted the UAE's Artificial Intelligence strategy to boost government performance and appointment of Minister of Artificial Intelligence Omar Bin Sultan Al Olama.

The UAE, Al Mansoori said, kept pace with the changing world with creation of Dubai Internet City in 1999; a year after ICANN was founded. The aim, he said, is to make the UAE a regional center for information and communication technology. He counted eDirham, eGovernment programme among others which made hi-tech services a way of life.

He said the world is seeing an era of Internet of Things.

"According to latest estimates, 8.4 billion connected things will be in use this year and the number is expected to reach more than 20 billion by 2020," Al Mansoori said.

Talking about the growing digital world, he noted that ever minute, the internet receives 571 new websites.

"Internet has created massive impact in our lives. It's like a journey between two separate eras," he said comparing the difficulty in finding information 30 years back to the preset day when everything is available on click of a button.

In this regard, he noted the vital role of ICANN in the present and future world.

"ICANN has always been the safety valve for the internet world. With a 4-billion internet penetration worldwide, we can touch the unique role of this organisation in maintaining the momentum of the internet, which has become the nerve of life for the human sustainable development. ICANN's functions, from registration management to dispute resolution and new top level domains, have become so important that they cannot be missed," Al Mansoori said.

ICANN chairman of the board Steve Crocker, who will retire after ICANN60, said the security, stability and resiliency of the Domain Name System are in good hands.

"In the early days, it was called the 'ICANN experiment'. We don't hear that anymore because the experiment has proven successful."

And befittingly, ICANN president and CEO Goran Marby named Crocker as the winner of Leadership Award 2017.


Autor(en)/Author(s): Ashwani Kumar

Quelle/Source: MENAFN, 30.10.2017

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