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Building Digital Bridges

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This report looks at efforts by stakeholders at the local, national and international level to bridge the digital divide. It reviews the role of new technologies, multi-stakeholder partnerships and ICT indices in reducing the gap, taking an in-depth look at the cases of Australia, Hong Kong, India, Korea (Rep. of) and Malaysia. The report also proposes a methodology for the development of a composite Digital Opportunity Index (DOI).

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Technical solutions

In July 2004, a team of network engineers built a fixed wireless network spanning hundreds of miles throughout the rural areas of a large country. The network provided high-speed broadband access across many areas that had no accessible fixed-line infrastructure. This wireless broadband network delivered 14 Mbit/s of connectivity along winding roads, often under very mountainous conditions. While the development of such a network is noteworthy, this particular network was literally picked up and moved to a different area of the country each day, highlighting the advances in wireless technology and deployment ability. This mobile network was not located in a developing economy but rather formed a wireless connection to France Telecom’s network during the Tour de France.

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