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Connect Americas 2012

Making a Difference in the Americas Region Through ICTs: Projects and Initiatives

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The Connect Americas Summit builds on the success of three such preceding events: Connect Africa 2007, Connect CIS 2009, and Connect Arab 2012. The Summit which is organized by the International Telecommunication Union and is hosted by the Government of the Republic of Panama was preceded by two preparatory meetings that were held in Trinidad and Tobago, in March 2012, and in Mexico City, Mexico, in April 2012. This report focuses on the five Regional Initiatives for the Americas region which are Emergency Telecommunications, Digital Broadcasting, Broadband, Reduction of Internet Access Costs and Human Capacity Building on ICTs.

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Building Networked Communities for Future Generations: Infrastructure Development

Broadband technologies are vital in transforming lives and fostering socio-economic development. The Americas region is making very good progress in terms of broadband connectivity. By the end of 2011, fixed (wired) broadband penetration had reached 15.5% in the Americas compared to 2.2 % in the Arab States, 6.2% in Asia and the Pacific, and 25.8% in Europe. Active mobile broadband penetration had reached an estimated 30.5% in the Americas, compared to 13.3 % in the Arab States, 10.7% in Asia &mediaamp; Pacific and 54.1% in Europe.

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