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Digital Divide Progress Report: 15 Year Review

Information and communication technologies (ICT) have driven global development in an unprecedented way, providing huge opportunities for social and economic development. Billions of people enjoy access to ICTs thanks to technological progress, infrastructure deployment and falling prices. The ICT industry has experienced incredible growth over the past 15 years. In 2000, there were 400 million […]

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Promoting National ICT Accessibility Frameworks

Information and communication technology (ICT) accessibility for persons with disabilities is a priority for ITU members. At the 2014 World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-14), ITU members recognized the need to ensure that the one billion people living with some form of disability can use ICTs in order to empower them to reach their full potential. […]

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Broadband as an essential component of sustainable development

The Broadband Commission is a remarkable institution that exemplifies the growing trend of collaboration between multilateral organizations, governments, civil society, and business. The commission follows a process of co-creation, which brings together the different skills and resources of the member institutions – such as financial management, operational skills, on-the-ground knowledge, regulatory or public policies expertise […]

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Broadband: Innovation in ICT Access, Affordability and Application

Broadband is a critical element in ensuring that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) innovation is enabled around the world; it is the platform on which ICTs are developed and built, bringing benefits to governments, businesses and individuals. Thus, a cohesive multi-stakeholder approach is required to achieve the fourth pillar of the Connect 2020 framework, ‘Innovation […]

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Mobile broadband: The single greatest opportunity

Asked at ITU Telecom World 2013 what one single technology or development will bring the greatest change, ministers, regulators and industry leaders answered almost with one voice: mobile. “It’s got to be the smartphone,” said Omobola Johnson, Nigeria’s minister for information and communication technology. “That’s because as the price gets cheaper and cheaper, more people […]

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Broadband Commission reaffirms crucial role in development

At the 9th meeting of the Broadband Commission for digital development, discussion centered around how to accelerate progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. I’m just back from the Broadband Commission meeting in Dublin, Ireland, graciously hosted by Broadband Commissioner Denis O’Brien. The Sunday morning session focused on the “Post 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda,” and […]

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The Case for Universalizing Broadband

The ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Digital Development’s latest State of Broadband report, calls for the universal adoption of broadband-friendly practices and policies, so that everyone can take advantage of the benefits offered by broadband. The report seeks to answer a number of questions, which can help us realize the potential of universal broadband connectivity. It […]

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