The State of Broadband

Broadband Catalyzing Sustainable Development

Date published: September 14, 2017

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The State of Broadband 2017: Broadband for Catalyzing Sustainable Development report was released on 14  September 2017 in Geneva.
The State of Broadband annual report is a unique global snapshot of broadband network access and affordability, with country-by-country data measuring broadband access against key advocacy targets set by the Commission in 2011.

The report highlights that it is increasingly difficult to define and monitor – let alone measure – broadband and ICTs. The latest technologies are increasingly integrated, invisible and ubiquitous. The boundaries between telecoms, IT, ICT and Internet are now rather blurred . We are seeing fewer and fewer estimates of ICT revenues compared with five years’ ago – not only are these estimates becoming more difficult to produce, but also to some extent, less meaningful. 

Overall, broadband shows healthy growth, notes the report, although there are several emerging challenges, such as growing digital inequality between developed and developing countries, increases in gaps in transmission speeds and overall slowing growth in mobile subscriptions and SMS volumes.

​Interview: ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao on The State of Broadband 2017 Report​​