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World or Multi-Regional
Training topics
  • Internet governance
Training type
Online instructor led
  • English
Event organizer
National Institute of Telecommunications (NIT)
Event mail contact
  • Toni Janevski
  • Sylwester Laskowski
  • Célia Pellet
Course level



This course covers strategic aspects of Internet governance and innovations, including technical, business and regulatory aspects. It covers the convergence of telecommunications to all-IP, including open Internet used for OTT services and NGN used by telecoms. Such convergence is driven by the development of fixed and mobile broadband (cable, optical, 5G), based on standards. In that way the course further covers broadband strategies and innovations as well as telecom standardization and policy. The open Internet allows speedy innovations in networks and services, especially by large OTT provides, hence the course includes innovation management in ICT and Google vs. Apple innovation models. Further, it includes business and regulatory aspects of VoIP and IPTV services for telecom operators (IMS-based) and for OTT providers. The digital transformation based on the broadband Internet increases the importance of online security and use of data, so the course also covers cybersecurity and data governance including blockchain and quantum computing security. It also includes cloud and edge computing, the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) along with the new Metaverse in terms of innovation and governance. Finally, the course includes network neutrality and QoS for open Internet as well as future approaches for global Internet governance including emerging technologies such as AI, data and crypto, as well as policy and regulatory aspects.

This course is targeted at managers, engineers and employees from regulators, government organizations, telecommunication companies and academia, who are interested in Strategic Aspects for Internet Governance and Innovations, including technical, business and regulatory aspects. Other institutions and individuals that are dedicated in building their capacity related to Strategic Aspects for Internet Governance and Innovations are also welcome to participate.

No specific prerequisites in terms of knowledge or qualifications are required for the intended target population.

At the end of the training, the participant should have gained knowledge about the key aspects of:

  • Convergence in telecommunications
  • Broadband strategies and new telecom technologies
  • Telecom standardization and policy
  • Innovation management in ICT
  • OTT innovations: Google model vs. Apple model
  • Telecom and OTT VoIP and IPTV: technologies and regulation
  • Cybersecurity and data governance
  • Cloud, IoT, AI and Metaverse innovations and governance
  • Network neutrality
  • Global Internet governance

This course will be delivered using instructor-led online learning. The course methodology will be as follows:

  • Each day from 13 to 17 May 2024 there will be made available two recorded video lectures,. In total, there are 10 video lectures during the course.
  • Course forum, asynchronous, will be organized based on discussion topics raised by the instructor on a daily basis, from Course Day 1 to Course Day 5, which will cover the course material on the given day. Also, participant responses will be asynchronous, keeping in mind the different time zones and daily commitments of participants from different countries around the world.
  • General discussion forum, asynchronous, will be provided for participants to ask their own questions which can be answered by the instructor and other participants.
  • Final Quiz test will be assigned on the last day of the course, 20 May 2024.
  • All announcements for all events (lectures, quiz and forum) will be given in a timely manner (prior to the event) by the course tutor.

The evaluation of the participants will be based on 80% from the Final Quiz and 20% from the answers given in the course forum on the raised discussion topics on daily basis by the tutor, thus reflecting both the quantity and the quality of time spent on the course.

Participation in the course forum is mandatory in order to access the Final Quiz.

The Final Quiz will be open from 00:00 hours on Monday (20th of May 2024) according to the GMT+1 time, and will remain open for 30 hours after opening, so each participant can choose the most convenient time to solve it. However, after the start of the attempt the Quiz should be completed in 90 minutes. The Final Quiz contributes with 80% in the total grade.

The course is completed successfully with a total grade of 70% or higher. The grading will be completed by the course tutor after the course is fully completed.

Each fully registered participant who successfully completes the course with a total grade of 70% or higher will receive an ITU Certificate for this course.

The ITU certificates will be given to participants via the ITU Academy platform after completion of the course reporting and processing within the ITU.

  • Day 1 Monday:

    • Topics Covered:

      • Lecture 1: Convergence in telecommunications
      • Lecture 2: Broadband strategies and new telecom technologies
    • Key Learning Points:
      • Development of telecommunications
      • Internet architecture and name spaces
      • Internet governance – the main players
      • Convergence to IP-based networks and services
      • NGN transport and service stratums
      • The NGN and All-IP network concepts
      • NGN functional and control architecture
      • ITU’s work on broadband
      • DSL, Cable networks, XG-PON, IMT-2020/5G
      • 5G usage scenarios (eMBB, eMTC, URLLC)
      • 5G mobile Internet speeds
      • IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) for FMC
      • Broadband economic impact and its effects on employment
      • Conclusions towards broadband in 2030
  • Day 2 Tuesday:

    • Topics Covered:

      • Lecture 3: Telecom standardization and policy
      • Lecture 4: Innovation management in ICT
    • Key Learning Points:
      • Licensing objectives and types
      • ITU ladder of standards development
      • Spectrum management and IMT spectrum
      • 5G spectrum standardization and harmonization
      • Interconnection and universal access and service
      • Digital literacy and e-inclusion
      • Next technology breakthroughs
      • Clouds and media cloud: challenges and benefits
      • Innovation management in educational systems
      • ITU-D digital innovation ecosystems
      • Innovation ecosystem maturity map
  • Day 3 Wednesday:

    • Topics Covered:

      • Lecture 5: OTT innovations: Google model vs. Apple model
      • Lecture 6: Telecom and OTT VoIP and IPTV: technologies and regulation
    • Key Learning Points:
      • OTT and Telco relations and business models
      • Apple and Google innovation strategies
      • Google Cloud IoT AI/ML innovations
      • OTT providers investing in submarine cables
      • Technology and regulation side of telephony
      • ITU IPTV architectures and service models
      • IMS-based IPTV functional architecture
      • Mobile TV, IPTV QoE, features, and market needs
      • OTT television
  • Day 4 Thursday:

    • Topics Covered:

      • Lecture 7: Cybersecurity and data governance
      • Lecture 8: Cloud, IoT, AI and Metaverse innovations and governance
    • Key Learning Points:
      • Cybersecurity fundamentals and frameworks by ITU
      • Privacy, trust, and blockchain for Internet services
      • Digital identity and innovative quantum computing security
      • Cybersecurity strategies
      • Cloud and edge computing models
      • IoT and Web of Things applications
      • Smart cities and future digital twin network
      • AI ethics and governance in open Internet
      • Metaverse and XR: economic, regulatory, and competition aspects
  • Day 5 Friday:

    • Topics Covered:

      • Lecture 9: Network neutrality
      • Lecture 10: Global Internet governance
    • Key Learning Points:
      • Network neutrality, QoS, and Internet service degradations
      • End users' rights and main regulatory goals on QoS
      • Differentiation of Internet access service offers
      • ITU/WSIS role in global Internet governance
      • UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF) role
      • Digital divides and inclusion
      • Global digital governance and cooperation
      • Cybersecurity, crypto technologies, and AI impacts
      • Future approaches for global Internet governance
  • Day 6 Saturday:

    • Topics Covered: Consolidation of knowledge
    • Key Learning Points: Summarizing the knowledge
  • Day 7 Sunday:

    • Topics Covered: Consolidation of knowledge
    • Key Learning Points: Summarizing the knowledge
  • Day 8 Monday:

    • Topics Covered: Final Quiz
    • Key Learning Points: Final assessment
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