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Broadband

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"Broadband networks offer perhaps the greatest opportunity we have ever had to make rapid and solid advances in global social and economic development – across all sectors, including healthcare, education, new job opportunities, transportation, agriculture, trade and government services. In the twenty-first century, broadband networks therefore need to be considered as basic critical infrastructure, like roads, railways, water and power networks." 


 
Mr Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General​ 

The UN Broadband Commission

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mobile phones, tablets and e-readers with broadband connectivity could prove the long-sought panacea in the global effort to bring quality, ubiquitous multidisciplinary educational opportunities to people everywhere, especially the world’s poorest or most isolated communities, according to the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development, which held its 11th Meeting at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. 

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The Open Letter from the Broadband Commission to the ITU PP-14 Delegates notes the strong links between broadband and development and urges "Member States to continue to push for inclusion of ICTs and bro​adband as key enabling transformative technologies in the post-2015 development agenda. 

State of Broadband

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Over 50% of the global population will have Internet access within three years’ time, with mobile broadband over smartphones and tablets now the fastest growing technology in human history.

Trends in Telecommunication Reform

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The annual Trends in Telecommunication Reform publications are a key part of the dialogue with the world's information and communications technology (ICT) policy-makers and regulators fostering economic and market growth while ensuring that all citizens safely benefit from the digital opportunities brought by the digital economy. This new edition is exceptionally free of charge.

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