Professor Tim Unwin, the Secretary-General of Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) has called on Commonwealth governments to strive at achieving an all-inclusive broadband access, available for use by all their people.
He made this remark at the Commonwealth Broadband Forum held in Abuja, Nigeria, where he dwelt on the importance of broadband in promoting economic development objectives among nations of the world.
“Broadband matters, but broadband for all matters more,” he said to government officials from 15 countries that took part in the event.
With the theme “Broadband for all: From access to inclusion,” sessions on national broadband plans, regulatory strategies, cross-border connectivity, next-generation broadband services, universal broadband for all and 4G were held.
The over 130 delegates at the meeting discussed the impact of broadband can have on the lives of the citizens from the Commonwealth and beyond. Delegates included ministers and their advisors, regulatory agencies, international organisations, network carriers and operators, universal service fund administrators, IT firms and civil society organisations.
According to the CTO, the event follows on from the success of the first Commonwealth Broadband Forum convened in 2014 in Kenya, which focused on utilising broadband for accelerated growth.