Report Type: State of Broadband Report

The State of Broadband 2021: People Centred Approaches for Universal Broadband

Despite progress on Internet access and adoption, more effort is needed to ensure success and concrete movement towards the global 2030 targets. Additional investment and inclusive, open partnerships can advance progress towards universal broadband – which in turn will accelerate economic growth, help alleviate poverty, impact social development, and address climate change. Policy and regulatory actions will not only encourage and incentivize greater investment and Internet adoption, but will also

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The State of Broadband 2020: Tackling Digital Inequalities

This year’s State of Broadband Report reflects the realities of 2020 as the world has confronted a global pandemic that has disrupted Global and local economies, healthcare systems, education and most pertinently brought to the forefront the crucial role that broadband plays in connecting the world and keeping societies strong and healthy. “As the Broadband Commission reaches its ten-year milestone and recognizing that only a decade remains for the global

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The State of Broadband 2019: Broadband as a Foundation for Sustainable Development

Traditional approaches to driving internet network roll-out and uptake are failing to reach the remaining half of the global population still lacking online access. To counter slowing global growth, The State of Broadband 2019: Broadband as Foundation for Sustainable Development advocates for new collaborative strategies to drive the concept of ‘meaningful universal connectivity’ through greater emphasis on resource sharing and a more holistic approach that treats broadband as a basic public utility

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The State of Broadband 2018: Broadband Catalyzing Sustainable Development

The State of Broadband 2018: Broadband for Catalyzing Sustainable Development report was released on 11  September 2018 during the ITU Telecom event in Durban, South Africa.  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 new advocacy targets set by the Commission in 2018. View the interactive report Interview with the State of Broadband author, Ms Phillippa Biggs​​​​​​

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The State of Broadband 2017: Broadband Catalyzing Sustainable Development

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

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The State of Broadband 2016: Broadband Catalyzing Sustainable Development

This report provides an update on progress towards the global targets of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development and showcases the research and thought leadership of the Broadband Commission. It also provides a global snapshot of where the telecommunication/ICT industry stands with regards to fixed and mobile broadband deployment, affordability and usage, as well as the use of broadband for achieving development objectives. It will examine the use of

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The State of Broadband 2015: Broadband as a Foundation for Sustainable Development

Every year, the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Digital Development ‘State of Broadband’ report takes the pulse of the global broadband industry and explores progress in broadband connectivity. This year’s report finds mixed messages about the growth of ICTs and the global state of broadband. Although strong growth rates continue for mobile broadband and Facebook usage, and mobile cellular subscriptions exceeded 7 billion for the first time during 2015, growth in

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The State of Broadband 2014: Broadband for All

The Broadband Commission for Digital Development aims to promote the adoption of effective broadband policies and practices for achieving development goals, so everyone can benefit from the advantages offered by broadband. Through this Report, the Broadband Commission seeks to raise awareness and enhance understanding of the importance of broadband networks, services, and applications to guide international broadband policy discussions and support the expansion of broadband where it is most needed.

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The State of Broadband 2013​​: Universalizing Broadband

Published in September 2013, this report explores how and when everyone can be connected to broadband Internet and urges all stakeholders to work together towards a common vision to achieve universal broadband in the converged broadband environment.​ T​he State of Broadband is a unique global snapshot of broadband network access and affordability, with country-by country data measuring broadband access against the four key targets set by the 60 members of the Broadband Commission in 2011.

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​The State of Broadband 2012: Achieving digital inclusion for all

​Published in September 2012, one year after the launch of the Broadband Challenge and advocacy Targets, provides a snapshot of the current broadband market and trends.The report was released at the sixth meeting of the Commission, which was held today in New York to coincide with the 67th session of the UN General Assembly. The report reveals that while household Internet access has seen strong growth over the past year

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Broadband: ​A Platform for Progress 2011

Published in June 2011, presenting country case studies and containing information on financing models, returns on investment, technology choices and strategies for deployment across a range of different types of economies. ​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

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