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.



Evaluating global growth using the commission’s targets

The Broadband Commission first launched its targets in 2011, at the Broadband Leadership Summit, with an initial end-date foreseen for 2015. Today, in mid-2016, progress in the growth of Internet towards meeting these targets has been mixed, with most targets not yet achieved over the initial timeframe. The third target and target 4 (for LDCs) will be achieved by 2016, with good progress in the first and second targets. The fourth target has not been achieved in the original timeframe (except for LDCs). Regrettably, there seems to be backwards progress in the fifth target calling for gender equality in access to broadband Internet.


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