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ITU Internet Reports 2003: Birth of Broadband




ITU Internet Reports 2003: Birth of Broadband

Number of pages: approx 200 pages including 60 pages of statistical tables

5th edition,
price: 100 Swiss francs (reductions available for Member States and LDCs)



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Fifth report (September 2003)
"ITU Internet Reports 2003: Birth of Broadband"

Fourth report (2002)
"ITU Internet Reports 2002: Internet for a Mobile Generation"

Third report (December 2000)
"ITU Internet Reports 2001: IP Telephony"

Second report (February 1999, updated October 1999)
"Challenges to the Network: Internet for Development"

First report (September 1997)
"Challenges to the Network: Telecoms and the Internet"


ITU Internet Reports 2003: Birth of Broadband

"Birth of Broadband" is the fifth in the series of "ITU Internet Reports", originally launched in 1997. This edition has been specially prepared for the ITU TELECOM World 2003 Exhibition and Forum, to be held in Geneva from 12 to 18 October 2003. As one of the "hot topics" of the telecommunication industry in 2003, broadband is expected to be one of the highlights of this year’s show. This new report examines the emergence of high-speed, dedicated Internet connections that will greatly expand the world’s access to information. Broadband will also facilitate the long-expected convergence of three previously distinct technologies: computing, communications and broadcasting.

The introductory chapter of this report, Broadband dreams, explains what broadband can do for users, society and industry. Chapter two, Technologies for broadband, explains the different broadband technologies and how each can provide broadband access under different economic and network conditions. Chapter three, Supplying broadband, looks at how broadband has been successfully provided in certain economies and how certain policies can help expand the network. Chapter four, Using broadband, discusses the current and emerging applications that are driving broadband take-up along with applications and content models that show the most promise for the future. Chapter five, Regulatory and policy aspects, examines regulatory and policy frameworks in successful broadband markets. Chapter six, Promoting broadband, looks at the broadband experiences of several countries characterized by high penetration rates and extensive networks, including conclusions drawn from ITU country case studies on broadband, and examines why and how broadband should be actively promoted. Chapter seven, Broadband and the information society, looks at broadband as a component of a society built around ubiquitous access to information, including some of the benefits and pitfalls of total connectivity. The Statistical annex contains data and charts covering 206 economies worldwide, with original data on broadband and comparative information measured against a selection of variables.

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English only. 196pp. ISBN 92-61-10351-0


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