Working Group on
Accelerated use of digital public services during the pandemic, mobile money, and the need for digital skills for jobs has made mobile internet access through a smartphone more important than ever.
The Broadband Commission Working Group on Smartphone Access was launched to examine the smartphone access gap. Co-chaired by Mr. Nick Read, CEO of Vodafone, Mr. Houlin Zhao, Secretary General of the ITU, and UN-OHRLLS, the Group was launched during the Broadband Commission Virtual Annual Fall Meeting in September 2021. Stay tuned for the launch of the outcome report in Fall 2022.
The Working Group will produce a report and set of concrete recommendations including:
- Original analysis and data on the smartphone access gap;
- Quantification of the social and economic impact of providing everyone with smartphone access by 2030, including assessment of moving users from 2G feature phones to 4G smartphones; and
- Analysis of initiatives or pilots designed to increase smartphone access. Vodafone Group has committed to launch two pilot projects on device affordability as part of this process