Connecting the unconnected half of the world’s population is one of the grand challenges of our time. Access to and inclusion in the digital economy is imperative to driving social and economic development and improving lives everywhere. Innovations in technology, policy, business models and partnerships are stimulating infrastructure deployment and increasing network coverage, reach, speed and volume. But for connectivity to be meaningful, it must be affordable and provide good quality, offering relevant local content and services in local languages. What innovative technologies or hybrid technological solutions are proving successful? How can partnerships between public, private, civic and academic stakeholders expand last-mile connectivity? What measures can be adopted to drive adoption via digital literacy programmes, local content, core government services or public awareness of the benefits of smart societies? How can we facilitate and foster investment in infrastructure and innovation in smart applications and services?
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