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Archive: Press Releases

  • Broadband playing increasingly important role in development, says new global report
    Geneva, 14 September 2017 : Broadband technologies are today driving substantial transformation in many development-related sectors including health, education, financial inclusion and food security, making them a key accelerator towards achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), says a new report released by the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development.
  • UN Broadband Commission to government leaders
    Dubai, 14 March 2016 – The Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development’s 13th full meeting, held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, yesterday, reached consensus on the need for a new set of connectivity targets to help governments more effectively harness broadband networks and services to drive progress towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
  • UN Broadband Commission affirms new focus on Sustainable Development Goals
    New York, 26 September 2015 – The power of broadband to leapfrog development roadblocks and bring access to education, healthcare and employment opportunities should put high-speed information and communication technology (ICT) network roll-out at the top of every country’s SDG strategy, according to members of the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development, which met in New York today.
  • Urgent action needed to combat online violence against women & girls, says new UN report
    New York, 24 September 2015 – A new report released today by the United Nations Broadband Commission reveals that almost three quarters of women online have been exposed to some form of cyber violence, and urges governments and industry to work harder and more effectively together to better protect the growing number of women and girls who are victims of online threats and harassment.
  • Global broadband growth slows sharply: 4 billion still offline
    Geneva, 21 September, 2015 – Broadband Internet is failing to reach those who could benefit most, with Internet access reaching near-saturation in the world’s rich nations but not advancing fast enough to benefit the billions of people living in the developing world, according to the 2015 edition of the State of Broadband report.
  • Broadband the key to bringing ‘education to all’, says UN Broadband Commission
    Paris, 27 February 2015 – Mobile phones, tablets and e-readers with broadband connectivity could prove the long-sought panacea in the global effort to bring quality, ubiquitous multidisciplinary educational opportunities to people everywhere, especially the world’s poorest or most isolated communities, according to the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development, which held its 11th meeting at UNESCO headquarters in Paris today.
  • Broadband and ICTs for post-2015 Sustainable Development agenda
    Geneva, 16 May 2014 – ITU presented the World Telecommunication and Information Society Award to three eminent personalities: Mr Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda; Ms Park Geun-hye, President of the Republic of Korea; and Mr Carlos Slim, Chairman, Grupo Carso and President of the Carlos Slim Foundation. The three laureates were honoured in recognition of their leadership and dedication towards promoting ICTs and broadband connectivity as a means of achieving sustainable development
  • New ITU broadband standard fast-tracks route to 1Gbit/s
    Geneva, 11 December 2013 –  ITU membership has reached first-stage approval of G.fast, the new ITU broadband standard capable of achieving access speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s over existing telephone wires. Within 250-metre range of a distribution point, G.fast’s fibre-like speeds give service providers a tool to supplement and further monetize fibre to the home (FTTH) strategies with the customer self-installation benefits of ADSL2
  • The Future we Want
    Geneva, 23 April 2012: Information and communication technologies: key to sustainability and development
  • World leaders define vision for globally connected society
    Geneva, 12 July 2010: ITU, UNESCO host top names from industry, UN agencies and civil society at first meeting in Geneva;
    Commissioners begin to define their vision for harnessing the transformational power of high-speed, always-on networks
  • Expert Educators from around the World Look to the Needs of a Broadband Future
    Busan, Korea, 30 November 2010 – Leaders in human capacity building, technical training and cognitive learning strategies gathered in Busan today for the opening of ITU’s first-ever ICT•LEARN, a new biennial global forum designed to build the skills and talents needed to nurture and fuel tomorrow’s broadband-enabled global economy
  • Regulators worldwide embrace principles of open networks, open access
    Dakar, Senegal, 12 November 2010
    – This year’s Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR) defined a set of Best Practice Guidelines that will help stimulate the roll-out of the next wave of information and communication (ICT) networks, particularly in the area of broadband access