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.



Harnessing broadband for sustainable development

A broad range of ICTs, including basic voice, mobile data services, Internet and Big Data analytics can now be used pervasively in global development projects in a field often known as ICT for Development (ICT4D). Many different stakeholders are involved in ICT4D projects on the ground to deliver services and improve development outcomes, including industry members, universities, NGOs and tech start-ups. Broadband is driving significant improvements to human wellbeing in healthcare, water, agriculture, natural resource management, resiliency to climate change and energy, as reflected in the UN’s post-2015 sustainable development agenda.


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