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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 and Education for all: Lessons learnt

This Chapter by UNESCO reviews the contribution of broadband to education in developing countries in the context of the Education for All (EFA) agenda. The deadline of 2015 is fast approaching and the process is well-advanced for defining a new post-2015 development framework, including a specific goal for education. It is interesting to examine to what extent progress towards EFA goals has been successfully supported by broadband and ICTs. This chapter does not aim to provide a comprehensive assessment of educational achievement (which is already underway in the run-up to 2015). Rather, it showcases a number of promising initiatives, which provide important references for the ongoing discussions about the post-2015 educational landscape. This chapter offers indications as to how broadband and ICTs can work as enablers for a renewed push towards achieving good quality education for all.

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