The State of Broadband 2016

Broadband Catalyzing Sustainable Development

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This report provides an update on progress towards the global targets of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development and showcases the research and thought leadership of the Broadband Commission. It also provides a global snapshot of where the telecommunication/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. It will examine the use of new and upcoming technologies, such as 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT) for development.



Maximizing the benefits of our connected future

Broadband and ICTs have a unique potential to support countries to meet the SDGs by 2030. However, fulfilling this potential needs continued investments in the necessary networks and services to expand access to broadband for all. A range of broadband technologies are available to achieve the SDGs, including mobile broadband, licensed cellular and unlicensed Wi-Fi technologies in the access network, supported by fixed broadband or satellite backhaul networks. At the global level, the total number of mobile cellular subscriptions will reach 7.4 billion by the end of 2016, according to the latest ITU estimates, with almost half of these subscriptions for mobile broadband (excluding cellular Machine-to-Machine or M2M connections).


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