2025 Broadband Advocacy Target 2

MAKE BROADBAND AFFORDABLE

By 2025, entry-level broadband services should be made affordable in low- and middle-income countries at less than 2% of monthly Gross National Income (GNI) per capita

Making broadband affordable is a critical step in achieving meaningful universal connectivity. The Broadband Commission’s affordability target was originally set to “less than 5% of average monthly income,” however in 2018, the Commission updated this target to specify that prices for entry-level broadband services should be below 2% of monthly GNI per capita in developing countries* by 2025. 

*As of 2022, in LMICs (low- and middle-income countries).

Tracking progress

Progress towards the Broadband Commission's target: number of economies by basket price class (expressed as % of GNI per capita)
The chart shows the distribution of economies by affordability class, defined by the price of the broadband basket in % GNI per capita. it shows only 96 economies met the target with regard to the data-only mobile broadband basket in 2021 (7 less than the previous year), and only 64 economies met the target with respect to the fixed broadband basket (down by 2 from the previous year),

Note: The chart shows the distribution of economies by affordability class, defined by the price of the broadband basket in % GNI per capita. Only those economies that had basket data available for both years for mobile broadband (185 economies) and fixed broadband (174 economies) are considered. The LDC component in each class is shown hatched, with the number in italics.
Source: Policy Brief: The affordability of ICT Services 2021, ITU and A4AI

Among the economies for which data are available for both 2020 and 2021, fewer met the 2 per cent affordability target in 2021 than in 2020, across the different types of service. Thus, only 96 economies met the target with regard to the data-only mobile broadband basket in 2021 (7 less than the previous year), and only 64 economies met the target with respect to the fixed broadband basket (down by 2 from the previous year). This reverses the trend of declining prices for the data-only mobile broadband basket observed in previous years

Of the 18 economies where mobile broadband Internet access cost more than 10%of GNI per capita, 16 were LDCs. Only 4 LDCs – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and the Republic of Nepal – met the broadband target in 2021.