Report Type: Contribution Document

Broadband Connectivity for Refugees

The UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development addresses this Open Statement to the Formal Consultation on the Global Compact on Refugees on the importance of broadband connectivity for refugees. We, the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development , affirm our sincere conviction and belief in the vital role of broadband services and applications in connecting and providing a vital lifeline to refugees fleeing devastation and persecution. According to UNHCR’s figures,

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Special Program of the Broadband Commission and the World Economic Forum Meeting Report

The primary function of connectivity is to improve people’s lives. This is the primary purpose of the Internet for All project, which catalyses and facilitates broader multi stakeholder cooperation on internet inclusion both at global and country level. At the global level, Internet for All and the Broadband Commission support principles of digital inclusion and contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At the country level, Internet

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A New Deal: Investing in Our Common Future, Expert Group Report 2018

A New Deal: Investing in Our Common Future Policy Recommendations to Close the Broadband Gap Report of the Expert Group to the Broadband Commission Under current trends, over 2 billion people will still not be connected to the internet by 2020. The Expert Group of the Broadband Commission provides the following policy recommendations. A major concentrated effort by policy makers, regulators and international institutions is called for to address this

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Connecting the Unconnected: Working Together to Achieve the Connect 2020 Agenda Targets

A background paper to the special session of the Broadband Commission and the World Economic Forum at Davos Annual Meeting 2017.   The UN Broadband Commission and the World Economic Forum are co-hosting a Joint Program in Davos on 17 January 2017 to highlight the increasing importance of Internet access and adoption as an enabler to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and to enable all economies and societies to

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Harnessing the Internet of Things for Global Development

This report explores the current use and potential of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies in tackling global development challenges, highlighting a number of specific instances where IoT interventions are helping to solve some of the world’s most pressing issues. It presents summary conclusions on what is required for the IoT to reach billions of people living in the developing world, and also to accelerate income growth and social development as

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Working Together to Connect the Next 1.5 Billion by 2020, WEF 2016

Report on the Special Session of the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum   The third Special Session of the Broadband Commission at the World Economic Forum was co-organized with partners from the World Economic Forum, and sponsored by the Ministry of Communications and IT of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The Special Session brought together a wide range of organizations and

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Working Together to Connect the World by 2020, Davos 2016

Reinforcing Connectivity Initiatives for Universal and Affordable Access: A Discussion Paper to Partners Working to Connect the World   ICT technologies present unprecedented opportunities for advancing inclusive growth. Nevertheless, there are still large gaps in connectivity mainly due to the lack of effective policies, corresponding tools and investment. Filling these gaps can help achieve the full potential of these technologies and bring us closer to our overall goal of an

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Broadband Policy Briefing Paper

This document is a briefing paper on broadband policy measures and recommendations to support the deployment of broadband and access to the digital economy. The paper highlights what governments and national regulatory authorities (NRAs) can do to foster broadband roll-out and take-up, and provides a difficulty/impact assessment framework of the measures considered. The paper reflects an international perspective, based on Analysys Mason’s experiences from a wide range of developed and

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Creating Sustainable Finance & Investment Models for Global Roll-out of Broadband Networks

Special Session of the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development co-organized with the Ministry of Communications and High Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan, World Economic Forum and International Telecommunication Union at Davos   Designing the finance and investment model for the future roll-out of broadband is critical, if we are to unleash the power of broadband to deliver transformative solutions to the development goals of our day, through its

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Broadband and Sustainable Development, Davos 2014

Why Broadband Should be Prioritized in the Post-2015 Agenda Report on the special session of the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum at Davos Innovative, scalable multi-stakeholder solutions are needed to deliver inclusive economic growth and a shift to sustainable patterns of consumption and production. The world needs to adopt a more integrated and comprehensive approach to development – and in

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The ICT Opportunity for a Disability-Inclusive Development Framework

More than a billion people live with some form of disability, and 80% of them live in developing countries. Disability is both a cause and a consequence of poverty: poor people are more likely to become disabled, and people with disabilities are among the poorest and most vulnerable groups of the global population. Regrettably, disability was not included in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) or in their operationalizing targets and

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​Planning for Progress: Why National Broadband Plans Matter​​, 201​3

Published in June 2013, the report, entitled Broadband: A Platform for Progress, argues: “To optimize the benefits to society, broadband should be coordinated on a countrywide basis, promoting facilities-based competition and with policies encouraging service providers to offer access on fair market terms…efforts should be coordinated across all sectors of industry, administration and the economy. Developing isolated projects or piecemeal, duplicated networks is not only inefficient, it delays provision of

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Sri Lanka Case Study: Strategies for the promotion of broadband services and infrastructure

The Government recognized ICT and broadband as drivers and catalysts for economic growth and has taken many initiatives to boost ICT to fuel the local industry. This case study provides an insight to broadband development in Sri Lanka, examining the initiatives adopted and policies that are currently being developed. It also discusses the role of the agencies involved and regulatory measures taken by the regulator to foster broadband development in

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Nigeria Case Study: Strategies for the promotion of broadband services and infrastructure

This case study looks at the initiatives taken by the Nigerian Government and the communications regulator to encourage the growth of broadband built-out and use in Nigeria. It looks back at the period between 2006 and 2010 and forward to the likely impact of the latest broadband strategy of the Government. This country case study is part of a series developed by the ITU and the Broadband Commission for Digital

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Mauritius Case Study: Strategies for the promotion of broadband services and infrastructure

This country case study addresses the development of the ICT sector in Mauritius and in particular the development of ICT policy and how this has influenced the development of the National Broadband Policy 2012-2020 of January 2012 in Mauritius. The case study analyses the pre-existing conditions which have facilitated the implementation of broadband on the island, including the definition of ICT as a key pillar for the development of its

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Albania Case Study: Strategies for the promotion of broadband services and infrastructure

This country case study addresses the development of a National Broadband Plan in Albania and in particular the development of the institutional framework together with the development of Electronic Communications policy and legislation and how this has influenced the development of the National Broadband Policy of 2012. The case study analyses the development of the Sector and how government champions and policy direction has provided the basis for the development

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A Review of Environmental Sustainability in Broadband Policies

Global overview and case studies on Australia and Rwanda   This study is part of a series of studies being undertaken by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in partnership with the Broadband Commission to take an indepth look at the state of broadband development. This series of case studies underlines the importance of broadband and ICTs in accelerating the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, and aims

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Macedonia Case Study: Strategies for the promotion of broadband services and infrastructure

The major goal of this study is to analyze and review TFYR Macedonia’s progress in deploying broadband networks and services, particularly in the context of various regional initiatives (such as eSEE, eSEE+ and bSEE) and European Union (EU) efforts to promote the development of ultrafast broadband, as well as other relevant aspects of the Digital Agenda. This case study focuses on legal and regulatory developments, while referring to other important

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Panama Case Study: The economic impact of broadband

This study assesses the economic impact of broadband in an emerging nation. Drawing from the wealth of research literature on economic effects generated on the basis of cross-sectional analyses (e.g. for OECD, Latin America and Arab States), it applies econometric tools and techniques to measure the impact of broadband on the Panamanian economy.

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Philippines Case Study: The economic impact of broadband

This study assesses the economic impact of broadband in the Philippines. Drawing from the wealth of research literature on economic effects generated on the basis of cross-sectional analyses (e.g. for OECD, Latin American and Arab States), it applies econometric tools and techniques to measure the impact of broadband on a single nation.

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Broadband for the Global Good: Broadband Leadership Summit

This report summarizes the key outcomes and conclusions emerging from the Broadband Leadership Summit. The Broadband Leadership Summit at ITU Telecom World 2011 took place from 24 to 25 October 2011 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Summit which was co-hosted by ITU Telecom and the Broadband Commission for Digital Development convened over 330 leaders from industry, government and academia. The Summit focused on the role of broadband as critical modern infrastructure

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