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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.
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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.