Disconnected! Over four billion people offline globally

Disconnected! Over four billion people offline globally

Disconnected! Over four billion people offline globally

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Broadband Internet, one of mankind’s revolutionary communication technology, is failing to reach those who could benefit most as four billion are still offline,  a report, The State of Broadband 2015, has revealed.
The State of Broadband 2015, released by the Broadband Commission has revealed the existence of this huge access underscoring that most of the world’s unconnected are to be found in developing nations.
According to The State of Broadband 2015, majority of the unconnected are domiciled in the developing world where broadband Internet is not advancing fast to benefit them.
The State of Broadband 2015 further reveals that 57% of the world’s people remain offline and unable to take advantage of the enormous economic and social benefits the Internet can offer.
People walk by in Ikeja Computer Village, Nigeria's largest technology market cluster. Photo: Kolade Akinola/Technology Times
People walk by in Ikeja Computer Village, Nigeria’s largest technology market cluster. Photo: Kolade Akinola/Technology Times
The State of Broadband 2015 further argues that access to information and communication technologies (ICTs), particularly broadband Internet, has the potential to serve as a major accelerator of development, with the importance of ICT connectivity specifically recognised in the new UN Sustainable Development Goals.
With the 17 goals now firmly on the global agenda, governments and private industry both have a strong interest in finding ways to get people online, authors of The State of Broadband 2015 advised.
“The UN Sustainable Development Goals remind us that we need to measure global development by the number of those being left behind,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao, who serves as co-Vice Chair of the Commission with UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. “The market has done its work connecting the world’s wealthier nations, where a strong business case for network roll-out can easily be made. Our important challenge now is to find ways of getting online the four billion people who still lack the benefits of Internet connectivity, and this will be a primary focus of the Broadband Commission going forward.”
The State of Broadband, which is produced annually by the Broadband Commission, 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 Broadband Commission comprises more than 50 leaders from across a range of government and industry sectors who are committed to actively assisting countries, UN experts and NGO teams to fully leverage the huge potential of ICTs to drive new national SDG strategies in key areas like education, healthcare and environmental management.
Kayode Oladeinde

Technology Journalist at Technology Times.

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