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Public and private sectors across the ICT industry gathered here in Bangkok to talk about collaboration while Chinese ICT giant Huawei asks for a better connected world during the ITU Telecom World 2016.

In the forum section followed by an opening ceremony on Monday morning, participants expressed their opinions about the ICT industry development.

""Within the ICT industry, it is the innovative small and medium enterprises tech SMEs that are key to industry disruption, to job creation, and to the technological innovations that are taking the industry forward,"" said Houlin Zhao, secretary-general of International Telecommunication Union.

Prajin Juntong, Thai deputy prime Minister and acting minister of Digital Economy and Society emphasized that ""ICT is not for those who can afford it but we must allow those who are most in need to benefit from it to not be left behind.""

Besides these forums, many telecom carriers and ICT enterprises set up pavilions to show their latest technology and ideas during the 5-day event.

Chinese ICT giant Huawei pavilion shows its latest ideas and experiences in cloud, national broadband networks, ultra-fast wireless communications, and smart devices.

In the pavilion, Huawei showed how cloud can make our world connected in the future.

People can unlock the door of their house with a click on smartphones and control other furnitures and equipments at home in the same way, governments can be connected with their people and thus service their people better, patients health data from birth are all in a cloud for doctors to refer to, data of every motor vehicle is in a cloud for traffic police and hospitals to follow in case of an emergency, and for insurance companies to check In order to achieve such a connected digital society, the company suggests countries around the world to make their ICT regulation less restrictive, but more comprehensive.

The company says every country should be building more digital infrastructure to fuel a high quality economic transformation and long-term, sustainable growth.

""Data centers and broadband networks are a vital part of the national information infrastructure. Huawei is committed to building a better connected world, and we believe that for any developing nation or region seeking dramatic development, it is vital for them to use the levers of policy, to coordinate on standards and to accelerate infrastructure developments,"" said Zou Zhilei, president of Huawei's Carrier Business Group.

Zou added that ""Huawei is now a leading provider of global ICT solutions and the company is ready to work with all nations to develop their broadband capacity.""

With a developed broadband capacity, the future society that Huawei described is a one with ubiquitous sensors, ubiquitous connectivity, and ubiquitous intelligence.