Status of ICT in Nepal and Current Global Trends

NEAJ Proceedings
Article ID: 201906
Title: Status of ICT in Nepal and Current Global Trends
Author: Ved Prasad Kafle, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology

The first part of the presentation will provide an overview of ICT usage and related public policy in Nepal. The later part will provide information about Society 5.0 and supporting technologies such as IoT, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and 5G communication networks on the basis of the presenter’s experience with the research, development and standardization of these technologies. These technologies are expected to bring about great innovations in new ICT applications and services that would be helpful to resolve many of social problems and create new opportunities for business and development. The latter part of the talk also covers the opportunities and challenges of these technologies and how Nepal must prepare for harnessing timely benefits from these innovations.

Profile of the presenting author:
Dr. Ved P. Kafle is a research manager at the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Tokyo. He holds a concurrent position of Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo. He is also working as a Rapporteur in International Telecommunication Union – Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) Study Group 13. He is an ITU-T SG 13 Fellow, Senior Member of IEEE, and Life Member of Nepal Engineers’ Association.
He is involved in research, development, and standardization of new technologies of telecommunication networks for almost two decades. His research interests include algorithms, protocols, and architectures for new generation networks or the future Internet. In particular, he is investigating directory systems and name resolution for IoT applications in 5G, naming and addressing schemes, ID/locator split architectures, information-centric networking (ICN), autonomic resource provisioning for software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV), network slicing, network security, privacy and trust. He has published about 100 research papers in journals, magazines and referred conferences. He has also edited six ITU-T Recommendations related with the next generation network (NGN), IMT-2020/5G and future networks. He received the ITU Association of Japan Awards in 2009 (Encouragement) and 2017 (Accomplishment) for his active involvement in the ITU standardization activities. He has received three Best Paper Awards (in 2009, 2014, and 2018) at ITU Kaleidoscope Academic Conferences.
Dr. Kafle received the B.E. in Electronics and Electrical Communications from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, India, the M.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from Seoul National University, South Korea, and the Ph.D. in Informatics from the Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Japan.

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