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Broadband Networks

Broadband technology allows for high-speed transmission of voice, video and data over networks and ICT applications. The introduction of broadband technologies, community antennas, optical fibre, satellite and fixed and mobile wireless has enabled traditional and new forms of telecommunications to become a reality throughout the world. Because physical infrastructure and geography are vastly different from country to country, technology that works well in one geographic area may not work in another.

Given the rapid advancement of telecommunication technologies, broadband access technologies have become available, specifically wireless, which offer performance that is similar to, or improves upon, wired access solutions.

One of the main problems facing the developing countries is the lack of access to broadband services, and low teledensity. This programme will contribute to the goal of digital inclusion by providing assistance for the efficient and cost-effective development of rural, national and international broadband telecommunication networks, including broadband network access allowing the provision of new ICT services and applications.




  • ITU wireless broadband masterplan project for countries in the Asia-Pacific region

    The project objective is to assist the Asia and Pacific countries in developing their own wireless broadband master plan which will eventually provide access to broadband supported services and applications at rates that are affordable and comparable to those in developed countries. The following selected countries received assistance for developing their master plans:


  • Feasibility Study on Low-Cost wireless Broadband Infrastructure (January 2009 - June 2010)

    The project is planned to carry out to assist the countries in selecting a suitable solution to establishing wireless broadband infrastructure, which invites further extension of broadband networks, as well as mobile networks, to rural and remote areas.

Relevant Information

Q25/2: Access technology for broadband telecommunications including IMT, for developing countries

Q10-3/2: Telecommunications/ICT for rural and remote areas

Q7-3/1: Implementation of universal access to broadband services

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