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Achieving Universal and Affordable Internet in the Least Developed Countries

ICTs, LDCs and the SDGs

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This report provides insights into the great strides that Least Developed Countries (LDCs) have made in regard to information and communication technology access, and the opportunities that ICTs offer in addressing severe structural impediments to sustainable development in this group of countries. Today, there is a clear recognition of the importance of information and communication technologies. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes that “the spread of information and communications technology and global interconnectedness has great potential to accelerate human progress, to bridge the digital divide and to develop knowledge societies”.

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Skills for using the Internet

This chapter looks at the capacity to use the Internet in the LDCs and to what extent shortage of skills is inhibiting greater uptake the diffusion of the Internet. While the universal access and affordability aspects of SDG 9.C are supply side factors, knowledge how to use the Internet is a demand side constraint. For policy makers, developing human capacity to use the Internet requires different approaches than the policy and regulatory tools to spur infrastructure rollout and influence Internet pricing.

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