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The State of Broadband 2018

The State of Broadband 2018

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Broadband catalyzing sustainable development

SUMMARY

This research about the state of the broadband network and the broadband as a driving force of sustainable development reports on the fast but uneven growth of the digital economy globally.

Mobile broadband progress, including 4G and 5G, will enable the delivery of digital services faster and more efficiently, the report explains. This progress will also have a huge impact on sectors such as e-health, transport or education. Fixed broadband with decreasing installation and use costs remains relevant as well. Meanwhile, IoT offers plenty of opportunities for digitalization while enabling change in businesses.

According to this study, the Fourth Industrial Revolution is transforming the focus of the global economy which is changing from physical assets to data and use collection. The digital market and global data assets are increasing at a quick pace, the paper notes.

This report highlights the significance of broadband investments to ensure the digital gap does not become bigger. Regarding the UN Broadband Commission’s targets, the paper finds steady progress in their compliance. 

The report also examines the effects of big data and AI for development in education, health or environment. In that sense, big data is helpful to get to know the policies that are effective and the impact on stakeholders.

The document also offers a series of recommendations in key areas with the aim to make progress in broadband, including the promotion of measures to boost demand, tax reduction, the promotion of digital skills and offering support to digital entrepreneurs.

OUTLINE

Executive Summary

Mobile broadband, fixed broadband, IoT, satellite broadband

Universal and affordable broadband, digital skills and financial services, gender equality in access to broadband

Technology and sustainable development

How to boost broadband

 

DETAILS

Overview

Researchfinder Rating
5 out of 5 stars
Title
The State of Broadband 2018
Sub-Title
Broadband catalyzing sustainable development
Region
Global
Published
Sept. 15, 2018
Publisher
ITU
Price
FREE
Language
ENGLISH

Content

Number of Pages
94
Number of Tables
10
Number of Exhibits
26
Topics
networks
Tags
4G, 5G, broadband, case studies, financial services, gender gap, global, internet of the things, iot, ITU, mobile, networks, sustainability
Companies mentioned
Huawei, Facebook, Alibaba, Airbnb, Uber, Blabla Car, PayPal, Google, Cisco, Verizon, Vodafone, GSMA
Methodology
Not available.
EVALUATION

This is an excellent report about the state of the broadband development and the broadband as a driving force of sustainable development.

Positives:

  • Understandable language
  • Understandable summary
  • Well-structured argumentation
  • Good graphics
  • Plenty of great case studies

 

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