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The State of Broadband 2017

Broadband Catalyzing Sustainable Development

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Since its establishment in 2010 by ITU and UNESCO, the Broadband Commission has sought to promote the adoption of effective and inclusive broadband policies and practices in countries around the world, with a view to achieving more inclusive and sustainable development by empowering individuals and society through the benefits of broadband and on the basis of respecting human rights. This annual report from the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development showcases the state and trends in broadband deployments around the world.

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Towards our Connected Future: Mostly Still a Strong Growth Story

Global broadband continues to show healthy growth, although there are some challenges in terms of: 1) growing digital inequality between developed and developing countries, as well as between the rich and the poor within countries; 2) the rates, roll-outs and financing needs of new deployments and network upgrades; 3) slowing growth in mobile subscriptions and SMS volumes may be inevitable as some markets approach maturity (as well as for some operators, revenues), operators are having to navigate slowing subscription growth and adapt to meet consumer demands for data; and 4) making Internet access more affordable in developing countries.

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