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Half the world will be online by 2017: UN Broadband Commission

Zafar Anjum | Sept. 23, 2014
Qatar, after Korea, has the highest level of household broadband penetration among developing nations

"As we look towards the post-2015 UN Sustainable Development Goals, it is imperative that we not forget those who are being left behind," said ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré, who serves as co-Vice Chair of the Commission with UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. "Broadband uptake is accelerating, but it is unacceptable that 90% of people in the world's 48 Least Developed Countries remain totally unconnected."

"This report demonstrates the essential role that Broadband technology plays in promoting human growth - and the work that is still left to do in terms of connecting under-served communities around the world," said H.E. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al-Thani, Chairman of Ooredoo Group and a Commissioner to the UN Broadband Commission.

"Despite the phenomenal growth of the Internet, despite its many benefits, there are still too many people who remain unconnected in the world's developing countries," said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova.  "Providing Internet connectivity to everyone, everywhere, will take determined policy leadership and investment. As we focus on infrastructure and access, we must also promote the rights skills and diversity of content, to allow women and men to participate in building and participating in knowledge societies. As the new State of Broadband report shows, ICTs are making a significant contribution to social development, economic development and environmental protection, the three pillars that will underpin the post-2015 international development agenda and move us towards a more sustainable world."



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