The Commissioners' case studies and articles reflect the views of their authors alone and do not reflect the views of the Broadband Commission
Commissioner Insights to the State of Broadband
Insights are written by current Commissioners to provide their personal perspective on the global state of broadband. Each year, Commissioners submit their views to be reflected in the annual flagship report. The views expressed in these contributions are those of the Commissioner and do not reflect the opinion of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development.
Following this positive outcome, the world has been paying attention to Korea’s case and the government has summarized the key factors of successful response as 3T system on the basis of ICT. Among the 3Ts, tracing is the most pivotal, given it helps early detection to prevent additional spread.
Building resilient connectivity and supporting affordable access to the internet: initiatives and lessons learned
The Internet Society has been deploying efforts over the years to grow the Internet and make it stronger. To help build the Internet, the Internet Society has been a strong supporter of Internet exchange points (IXPs) since 2008.
In order to close the digital divide, we must work to integrate satellite backhaul into strategies to deploy mobile and Wi-Fi networks into rural and remote communities.
Addressing key barriers to connectivity
The Broadband Commissioner Thematic Insight Video Series addresses key barriers to the realization of Universal Connectivity. Commissioners provide their perspectives, being CEOs and industry leaders, senior policymakers and government representatives, heads of international agencies, academia, and civil society, on the actions needed to break down these barriers and connect the unconnected.
Digital tools and connectivity have accelerated trade. During the pandemic, many businesses were quick to adopt digital technologies to boost productive capacity. It is estimated that the pandemic has seen a jump in the adoption of digital technology by three years. Digital tools and connectivity have accelerated trade. During the pandemic, many businesses were quick to adopt digital technologies to boost productive capacity.
We need connected enterprises that can digitize, thrive and generate jobs, tax revenues, and contribute to tackling climate change. There is significant untapped connectivity potential among Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises. Worldwide, these MSMEs account for 9/10 businesses, ½ of global GDP and about 2/3 of jobs.
Broadband extension, quality and adequate services are urgent as they represent the backbone of economic, social and territorial cohesion. Even in countries that enjoy a wide digital connectivity network, rural connectivity is still an issue. Globally, 72% of households in urban areas had access to Internet at home in 2019, almost twice as much as in rural areas. Spain ranks third for digital connectivity in Europe.