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The State of Broadband 2014

Broadband for All

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Every year, the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Digital Development publishes its 'State of Broadband' report to take the pulse of the global broadband industry and explore progress in broadband connectivity. This report provides a global snapshot of where the telecommunications/ICT industry stands with regards to fixed and mobile broadband deployment, affordability and usage, as well as the use of broadband for achieving development objectives, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It evaluates the take-up and development of broadband around the world, and tracks the Broadband Commission's targets. It draws on the thought leadership of the Commission and its research into National Broadband Plans. It also offers a range of perspectives on how to boost the roll-out and adoption of broadband networks and services across developing countries.

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Broadband for Driving Sustainable Development

The real power of broadband lies in its potential to improve development outcomes in the developing world. There is today growing evidence that broadband is making a tangible difference in the lives of people around the world. Broadband and ICTs can play a fundamental role in giving people voice and access to knowledge, information and education and supporting the development of new skills and employment opportunities. The UN Rio+20 Conference in June 2012 recognized that “it is essential to work toward improved access to ICTs, especially broadband networks and services, and bridge the digital divide”.

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