Category Broadband


Why interoperability is key to reaping the benefits of the ‘Gigabit Era’

With Ovum analysts forecasting that ITU’s ultra-fast copper technology,, will support nearly 29 million subscribers by 2021, interoperability between chipsets (for Customer Premises Equipment and Distribution Point Units) is a complex but absolutely vital component for the industry when deploying the technology. This is the message that I will be delivering on behalf of the Broadband […]


First commercial launch in Europe

Swisscom announced that it has launched Europe’s first commercial service in Switzerland. Today, 1,000 customers are using a connection, which can reach speeds of 500Mbps. “According to our current planning there will be about 100,000 connections [by] end of 2017,” Armin Schädeli, a spokesman for Swisscom, told ITU News. RELATED: providers […]


Zain, UNHCR and Facebook collaborate to support Connectivity for Refugees initiative in Jordan

More than 724,000 refugees to receive free high-speed internet access for five years Initiative addresses the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) At the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development meeting in New York held on 18 September 2016, Zain Group, a mobile operator across the Middle East and Africa, announced a collaboration with the United […]


The Highways of Tomorrow

In the first of three blogs this week that will feature some of the expert insights from the forthcoming 2016 State of Broadband Commission Report, Sunil Bharti Mittal, the founder and chairman of Bharti Enterprises, describes how his company, Bharti Airtel Limited, is building a network to bring broadband connectivity to a billion people in India […]

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How SpaceX explosion impacts Facebook’s Africa connectivity goals

Yesterday’s unmanned SpaceX rocket explosion destroyed its payload, a communications satellite designed to deliver basic wireless connectivity to remote villages in sub-Saharan Africa. The accident has impacted both SpaceX founder Elon Musk and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s plans in space. The launch of Spacecom’s AMOS-6 satellite would have been the first step in the Facebook-led’s mission […]

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Will Facebook’s OpenCellular boost remote Internet access?

Facebook’s recently introduced OpenCellular project hopes to deliver wireless Internet access to the 10 per cent of the world’s population that lives in the most remote places – outside the range of existing cellular networks, and with no access to the Internet. OpenCellular is linked to a flurry of recent Facebook projects to connect the 4 billion still […]


KT’s Global ‘GiGA Island’ Project to help transform digital Bangladesh

KT has been collaborating with the Government of Bangladesh, the International Organisation of Migration (IOM), and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to provide a high-speed broadband GiGA network that will aim to enhance quality of life on Bangladesh’s remote Moheshkhali Island by improving public services and enhancing access to information. The project hopes to provide a replicable […]