[cmNOG] Fwd: UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development releases first global broadband report

Tomslin Samme-Nlar s.tomsleen at gmail.com
Lun 24 Sep 14:12:12 UTC 2012

Hi listers,

Thought you might find this interesting. Forgive the cross posting.



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From: Du Toit, Jaco <j.dutoit at unesco.org>
Date: Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 4:31 PM
Subject: [kictanet] UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development
releases first global broadband report
To: Tomslin Samme-Nlar <s.tomsleen at gmail.com>
Cc: KICTAnet ICT Policy Discussions <kictanet at lists.kictanet.or.ke>

*UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development releases first global
broadband report*

*Broadband deployment accelerating worldwide,
but prices still need to come down*

*Paris, 24 September,** 2012* – The Broadband Commission for Digital
Development <http://www.broadbandcommission.org/> has released its
first-ever country-by-country snapshot of the state of broadband deployment

The *State of Broadband 2012: Achieving Digital Inclusion for
evaluates the roll-out of broadband around the world and tracks
progress towards achieving the four
by the Commission in 2011 for boosting broadband affordability and
uptake. It provides country rankings across up to 177 economies on
affordability, national broadband policy, and connecting people and

** **

The report was released at the sixth meeting of the Commission, which was
held today in New York to coincide with the 67th session of the UN General
Assembly. It was *welcomed by UN Secretary-General Ban
who called broadband a “transformative technology that has the potential to
spark advances across all three pillars of sustainable development:
economic prosperity, social inclusion and environmental sustainability.” ***

** **

The report reveals that while household Internet access has seen strong
growth over the past year and is on track to achieve the Commission’s
target for* Connecting Homes to Broadband*, individual Internet use
continues lag behind. ITU analysts believe that mobile broadband could
prove the platform for achieving the boost needed to get progress back on
track – at end 2011, there were already almost twice as many mobile
broadband subscriptions as fixed connections.****

** **

“Broadband networks and services are transforming our way of life. The
Broadband Commission is committed to ensuring that the benefits of
broadband are available to all. I am delighted by the dedication and
enthusiasm shown by the many senior business leaders and top policy-makers
on the Commission to advancing the global broadband policy agenda,” said
ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré.****

** **

The report notes a strong linguistic shift now taking place online. If
current growth rates continue, it says, the number of Internet users
accessing the Internet in languages other than English (predominantly, in
Chinese) will overtake English language users by 2015.****

** **

“Languages are people’s most valuable asset. They allow us to be heard, to
learn and to communicate,” said the Director-General of UNESCO Irina
Bokova. “Multilingualism on the Internet can be a great enabler for
achieving the Millennium Development Goals and contributing to building
knowledge societies,” she continued referring to UNESCO’s work to promote
the production and access to all types of content – educational,
scientific, cultural and recreational - in diverse formats and languages on
the Internet.” ****

** **

The Report goes on to outline a variety of ways in which broadband is
improving the lives of people around the world, in m-health, distance
education and m-learning, via m-payment systems, and in improving the lives
of women, promoting innovation and fostering the acquisition of new skills.
It also reinforces a clear need for policy leadership to facilitate the
deployment of broadband around the world. Today, some 119 countries now
have a national broadband plan or policy in place.****

** **

The *State of Broadband 2012 *report draws on ITU’s extensive statistical
evidence base <http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/ict/index.html> and is the result
of close collaboration between Broadband Commissioners. Based on
interviews, contributions and supporting material from more than 20 experts
and their organizations, it highlights the importance of public private
partnerships in accelerating change, presents twelve recommendations from
the Commission to speed up the roll-out and deployment of broadband to
accelerate progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals
(MDGs), and includes 24 ‘featured insights’ from the Commission, which
comprises 60 leaders<http://www.broadbandcommission.org/CommissionerListPage.aspx>from
industry, government, international organizations and NGOs.

** **

** **

*How does your country rank? Download the full version of the State of
Broadband report at: *


** **

*View a short motion graphic on the report:***


*Download a short ‘highlights’ document at:*

*Photos* from the meeting can be downloaded at:

** **

For more information on the Broadband Commission, visit:

Follow the Broadband Commission on Facebook:

Follow the Broadband Commission on Twitter:* *www.itu.int/twitter ****

** **

*For more information, please contact:*


*Sue Williams*

Chief, Media Relations UNESCO ****

Email: s.williams at unesco.org****

Tel: +33 (0)1 4568n1706****

Mobile: +33 (0)6 15929362****

* *

*New York:*

*Gary Fowlie*

Head, ITU Liaison Office****

E-mail: gary.fowlie at itu.int ****

Tel: +1 917 367 2992
Mobile: +1 917 679 5254****

** **

*Paul Conneally*

Head, Communications & Partnership Promotion****

E-mail: paul.conneally at itu.int****

Tel: +41 22 730 5601****

Mobile: +41 79 592 5668****

* *

*In Geneva:*

*Sarah Parkes *

Chief, Media Relations and Public Information****

E-mail: pressinfo at itu.int ****

Tel: +41 22 730 6135
Mobile: +41 79 599 1439****

** **

** **


*Jaco DU TOIT*****

Adviser for Communication & Information****

UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa****

United Nations Avenue, UNON, Gigiri (Room C-104) ****

P.O. Box 30592-00100, Nairobi, Kenya ****

Tel: +254 (0)20 762 2346/2566 ****

Fax +254 (0)20 762 2750 ****

Mobile: +254 (0)728 610 912 ****

Email:j.dutoit at unesco.org,
Website: http://www.unesco-nairobi.org****

** **


*Take a stand for teachers! Join us in celebrating 5 October, World
Teachers’ Day<http://www.unesco.org/new/en/education/themes/education-building-blocks/teacher-education/world-teachers-day/>


*Agissons pour les enseignant(e)s ! Le 5 octobre, célébrons ensemble
la **Journée
mondiale des enseignants<http://www.unesco.org/new/en/education/themes/education-building-blocks/teacher-education/world-teachers-day/>

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