The State of Broadband 2019

Broadband as a Foundation for Sustainable Development

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This annual report from the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development showcases the state and trends in broadband deployments around the world.



Executive Summary

In 2019, the world crossed a number of major thresholds in global internet adoption. Back in 1969, when the very first data packets were transmitted over what is now known as the internet, the network comprised just four network nodes at US universities. Today, the latest data estimate 21.7 billion connected devices – and growing fast. And whereas the first data packets were only a few kilobits, today on average over 74,500 GB of data are sent over the internet every single second.


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