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9th Meeting of the Broadband Commission

22-23 March 2014, DublinLearn More

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Special Session at WEF 2014

Special Session at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos was held on January 24 2014 and focused on the theme of: Broadband and Sustainable Development: Why broadband should be prioritized in the post 2015 agenda?
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Side event at the Open Working Group on SDGs

Side event at the 5th session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, 26 November 2013; 1:15-2:30 PM, New York. Learn More

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The State of Broadband 2013: Universalizing broadband

New Annual Report by the Broadband Commission Learn More

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Events

9th Meeting

Dublin, 22-23 March 2014


8th Meeting

New York, 20 -21 Sep 2013


7th Meeting

Mexico City, 16- 17 March 2013


6th Meeting

New York, 23 September 2012


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Reports and Documents

The Manifesto Report


State of Broadband 2013


Doubling digital opportunities


Transformational solutions for 2015 and beyond


Planning for Progress


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Broadband Manifesto

New Broadband Commission Manifesto signed by Commissioners and other prominent figures from industry, civil society and the UN family champions transformative power of high-speed networks to drive socio-economic development

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Africa’s future is clear: Youth, Technology and Broadband

Commissioner Jay Naidoo article on how technology drives a revolution that resolve the challenge of development in Africa and the world.

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Bringing the power of ICTs to rural communities

Intel, Grameen and the Minister of Communications of Macedonia signed an MOU that will bring the power of computing technology to agricultural communities in Macedonia.

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Commissioner's Profile
Commissioner
Dr Armen ORUJYAN
Athgo Corporation

Broadband is the contemporary superhighway that enhances commerce, communication, and collaboration. The work of this Commission is clearly timely as there is a growing need for creative solutions that can lift all people around the globe...


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Mr Jay NAIDOO
Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

Broadband is a critical driver of political and socio-economic transformation and thus sustainable human development; providing opportunities for connecting Africa to the world, facilitating our integration into the global economy and for delivering…


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Ms Jasna MATIĆ
Republic of Serbia

Jasna Matic was born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia, where she received a degree in civil engineering at the Faculty of Civil Engineering. She has completed postgraduate studies and earned an MBA degree in 2001 at the Washington University...


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Mr Carlos Slim HELÚ
Co-Chair, Carlos Slim Foundation

Without a doubt, broadband is the nervous system of today's new civilization, so broadband access is a top priority for our technological society. It is very important that broadband be a high-quality universal service at a low cost...


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Ms Suvi LINDÉN
Broadband Commission

Access to basic services and information are preconditions, which enable people to fully participate in the society. An effective communications policy can ensure that these services are available everywhere and most importantly for everyone…


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Mr John DAVIES
Intel Corporation

The next major developments to grow the market and revolutionize broadband will be low-cost computers and a change in business model to prepaid broadband...


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Dr Vanu BOSE
Vanu INC

Extending Broadband to every country in an affordable way is an exciting innovation challenge for entrepreneurs and engineers across the globe. I’m am honored to serve on the broadband commission and to help make this goal a reality...


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Ms Helen CLARK
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Helen Clark held ministerial responsibility during her nine years as Prime Minister for New Zealand’s intelligence agencies and for the portfolio of arts, culture and heritage. She has seen the promotion of this latter portfolio as important …


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Mr José Manuel Do Rosario TOSCANO
International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO)

Today and moving into the future, broadband technologies will continue to be the cornerstone for enhancement of social and economic development. The equitable and affordable access to the broadband networks by all citizens will therefore be key...


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Mr Hans VESTBERG
Ericsson

Access to mobile communications is critical in breaking the cycle of poverty in developing countries. By 2015, we anticipate some 4 billion broadband users, with 80-90% of them being mobile. To be successful in achieving...


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Mr Angel GURRÍA
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

Broadband infrastructures provide a fundamental communication and transaction platform for economic and social development. They help bridge urban and rural divides, improve productivity and expand employment opportunities…


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Mr Esteban PACHA-VICENTE
International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO)

Mobile satellite communications, on land, sea and air, are fundamental to the goals of the Broadband Commission, in particular providing universal broadband services which ensure transport safety and security and interoperability in rural…


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H.E. Senator Stephen CONROY
Commonwealth of Australia

It is with great pleasure that I accept the invitation to be a founding Commissioner of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development. I look forward to sharing Australia's experiences in developing a national broadband network as well as…


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Mr Luis Alberto MORENO
IADB

Luis Alberto Moreno assumed the presidency of the Inter-American Development Bank on October 1, 2005. He was re-elected to a five-year term during a special meeting of the Bank’s Board of Governors on July 6, 2010...


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Professor Muhammad YUNUS
Yunus Centre

From 1993 to 1995, Professor Yunus was a member of the International Advisory Group for the Fourth World Conference on Women, a post to which he was appointed by the UN secretary general. He has served on the Global Commission of Women''s Health…


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Ms Sun YAFANG
Huawei Technologies

Ultra-broadband and fiber-based broadband are the core trend of broadband development in future. High-definition video and on-demand service are consumers'requirements for better experience. Since huge investment is the challenge for broadband…


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Mr Sunil Bharti MITTAL
Bharti Enterprises

India and other emerging markets can significantly enhance their economic activities through broadband penetration. Lack of developed infrastructure can be overcome through provision of broadband services and a broadband communication highway opens…


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Mr Paul MITCHELL
Microsoft Corporation

Paul Mitchell is General Manager, Technology Policy at Microsoft Corporation. In this capacity, he is responsible for policy engagement on long-term technology evolution. Mr. Mitchell assumed his current role in July 2011...


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Dr Sam PITRODA
Republic of India

Broadband offers unique opportunities world over to change the paradigm for social, political and economic development,specially for the poor at the bottom of the paradigm…


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Mr Gyan Chandra ACHARYA
UN-OHRLLS

Broadband access holds a great potential for all. With concerted efforts at the highest level and with the participation of all with a multi stakeholder approach, we can bring about transformation in the lives of the people.


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H.E. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud AL THANI
Ooredoo

H.E. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al Thani is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Ooredoo (Formerly Qtel Group).


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Dr Mo IBRAHIM
Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Dr Mo Ibrahim is a global expert in mobile communications with a distinguished academic and business career. In 1998, Dr Ibrahim founded Celtel International to build and operate mobile networks in Africa...


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Mr Christian ROISSE
EUTELSAT IGO

Equitable access to communications and knowledge is more than a right, it is a must for all citizens of the world, wherever they may live, and the development of affordable broadband networks is instrumental to fulfilling this objective…


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Dr Shashi THAROOR
Republic of India

Technology offers both a hope and a danger. The worldwide web is bringing us all closer together with rapid and inexpensive communications; it is helping farmers in developing countries tap into market opportunities in the developed world…


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H.E. Ivo IVANOVSKI
Republic of Macedonia

Broadband is the 21st century modern highway of information. Highway, which creates knowledge based economies. Economies where the information is a priceless commodity. I believe that Broadband connectivity should provide equal access to all…


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Mr A. Reza JAFARI
E-Development International

Mr. Jafari has spent 35 years in the global IT services, telecommunications, media and entertainment and education industries. He now manages a portfolio of business relationships and interests which include advising established …


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V.P. Neelie KROES
European Commission

Broadband is revolutionizing the way we live and how we do business - somehow like electricity, telephones, railways and highways changed our world. Culture, democracy, efficiency – it all improves with broadband…


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H.E. President Paul KAGAME
Co-Chair, Republic of Rwanda

The transformational impact of broadband on people's lives and global economies is no longer questionable; the remaining challenge is to extend these obvious benefits to the majority of global citizens and allow them to unleash their creative...


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Mr. Denis O'BRIEN
Digicel Group

Denis O'Brien is Chairman of the privately-owned Digicel Group, one of the fastest growing cellular companies in the world.Mr. O'Brien is one of Ireland's leading entrepreneurs with extensive investments across several sectors...


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Sir Martin SORRELL
WPP

The introduction of cellphones has already led to a measurable improvement in the lives of billions of consumers across the planet. We can expect global broadband to do even more…


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Mr Bruno LANVIN
INSEAD

Broadband is not a luxury that only an advanced economy can afford. It has become the underpinning of a more dynamic, sustainable and equitable globalized economy. Together, we can make this happen. The time is now…


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Mr Jean-Louis SCHILTZ
Schiltz & Schiltz

Information and Communication Technologies are a crucial accelerator for development. This has been ignored by too many for too long. The first priority should be bandwidth, the second one bandwidth and the third one bandwidth...


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Ms Irina BOKOVA
Co-Vice Chair, UNESCO

The latest ICTs have created new opportunities for the creation, preservation, dissemination and use of information. UNESCO aims to go further, towards the construction of inclusive knowledge societies in which people can transform information...


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Mr Giancarlo Innocenzi BOTTI
Invitalia

The benefits associated to a wide-spread utilization of broadband technologies are widely recognized both at business and academic level. The positive effects of broadband on emerging economies and on social welfare are also contributing to...


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Dr Hamadoun TOURÉ
Co-Vice Chair, ITU

In the 21st century, affordable, ubiquitous broadband networks will be as critical to social and economic prosperity as networks like transport, water and power. Not only does broadband deliver benefits across every sector of society...


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Dr Anne BOUVEROT
GSMA

Anne Bouverot is Director General of the GSMA and a Member of its Board. Anne brings to the GSMA a wealth of experience and a proven track record of success in the highly dynamic mobile industry.


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Mr Amir DOSSAL
Global Partnerships Forum

The leadership role of the Broadband Commission will provide a strong platform for achieving the MDGs. If we are to improve the quality of life for the underprivileged, we must engage all of the actors to develop innovative partnerships…


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Mr John CHAMBERS
Cisco

Chambers has received numerous awards for his leadership over his past 16 years at the helm of Cisco, including Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People," one of Barron's "World's Best CEOs," the "Best Boss in America" by 20/20 …


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Dr Seang-Tae KIM
Sungkyunkwan University

He has had a long and distinguished career in both academia and the public sector. His recent experience includes; Member of Informatization Promotion Advisory Committee, Office of the Prime Minister from 1998-2004, Member of Special Committee…


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Mr César ALIERTA
Telefónica

Broadband is more than just another technology, it is an incredibly powerful tool which is able to transform our societies and economies. By allowing easier access to information globally and improving our ways of communication wherever we are…


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Mr Julius GENACHOWSKI
The Carlyle Group

Julius Genachowski served as Chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission from June 2009 to May 2013...


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Mr. Michel COMBES
Alcatel-Lucent

Michel Combes became Chief Executive Officer of Alcatel-Lucent on April 1, 2013, joining the company with more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications sector, as well as a strong international background...


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Mr Keng Thai LEONG
Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore

A country's broadband network is a basic infrastructure and a critical foundation for economic and societal development. Through the innovative services that emerge from such networks, everyone, including the disabled and the less-privileged …


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Mr Francis GURRY
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

Broadband is the road to the democratization of access to information and knowledge…


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Prof. Jeffrey SACHS
United Nations and Columbia University

Jeffrey D. Sachs is the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is also Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon…


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Dr Speranza NDEGE
Kenyatta University

Dr Speranza Ndege is an ICT/e-Learning specialist with practical experience in training, research, online tutoring and technical advisory services. She holds a PhD, MSC in Computer Based Information Systems, Master of Arts and Bachelor of Education…


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H.E. Mr Youssou N'DOUR
Republic of Senegal

Youssou N''''Dour is one of the most celebrated African musicians in history and was named Minister of Tourism and Culture of the Republic of Senegal in April 2012. Named "African Artist of the Century" at the threshold of the year 2000...


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Ms Phumzile MLAMBO-NGCUKA
UN Women

Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka as longtime champion of women’s rights is affiliated with several organizations devoted to education, women’s empowerment and gender equality.


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Dr Kathy CALVIN
UN Foundation

Throughout her career, Kathy Calvin has taken an active role in a range of philanthropic activities, including the boards of the International Women''s Media Foundation, City Year, Internews, Share Our Strength, and the United Nations Association...


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H.E. Prof. Dr Ali M. ABBASOV
Republic of Azerbaijan

Broadband's as a trans-global socio-economic issue should become a new digital infrastructure to bridge all continents of the world and it should generate all kind of public-private partnership efforts, in international, regional as well as…


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Prof. Dr Klaus M. LEISINGER
Foundation Global Values Alliance

Klaus Leisinger has held and still holds several advisory positions in a number of national and international organizations, such as the United Nations Global Compact, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the UN Economic and …


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H.E. Mr Adama SAMASSÉKOU
International Council of Philosophy and Human Sciences (IBPHS)

It is very important to understand that for the broadband to be really inclusive, to be a universal broadband for all, it needs to be multilingual. As far as we do not allow the majority of the population to have access to broadband...


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Dr Saad zafer ALKAHTANI
Telcotank Consulting Company

Connecting every household with high-speed internet is a right for every citizen; being connected is not a luxury, but a vital need for human beings to interact with the world, learn and improve, produce, and innovate, which eventually lifts ...


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H.E. Dr Hessa Sultan AL-JABER
State of Qatar

H.H. Dr. Hessa Al Jaber is the first-ever Minister of Information and Communication Technology in Qatar following the formation of the nation’s new Cabinet by H.H. the Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani in 2013.


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