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United Nations Publishes Global Broadband Progress Report for 2017

Thursday, September 14th, 2017 (5:03 pm) - Score 492
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The United Nations (UN) has today publish its annual ‘State of Broadband‘ global progress report, which reveals that while 48% of the global population is now online, some 3.9bn people still do not have access to the Internet and the digital gap is growing between developed and developing countries.

According to estimates, Internet penetration in the developing world is projected to reach 41.3% by the end of 2017, while Internet user penetration is projected to reach only 17.5% in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs). Men also continue to outnumber women in terms of internet usage worldwide, although this is a much bigger problem in developing countries (especially in Africa).

Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General, said:

“Broadband is crucial to connecting people to the resources needed to improve their livelihoods, and to the world achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The goals for education, gender equality and infrastructure include bold targets for information and communication technology. The State of Broadband 2017 report outlines how broadband is already contributing to this and makes valuable recommendations for how it can increase this contribution into the future.”

According to ITU data, 80% of all countries now have a National Broadband Plan (NBP), currently at 156 (up from 151 last year). However 35 countries do not have a Plan. Countries which approved a NBP this year include Senegal, Togo, Guatemala, Kuwait and Myanmar. A further four countries are still planning to introduce a NBP or Digital Agenda (Cuba, Dominica, Seychelles and the Solomon Islands).

General Highlight from the Report

Gap in transmission speeds is also increasing.

According to Akamai, worldwide, 4, 10, 15 and 25 Mbps broadband adoption rates increased by 13%, 29%, 33% and 42% year-on-year, respectively. Global average peak connection speed increased 28% year-on-year to 44.6 Mbps for Q1 2017. The Republic of Korea continues to have the highest average connection speed globally (at 28.6 Mbps, up an impressive 9.3% since Q4 2016 alone), while Singapore continues to have the highest peak connection speed at 184.5 Mbps. Meanwhile, the lowest performing countries continue to suffer from barely increased average national speeds, suggesting that the absolute gap is increasing.

Quality of connection & ‘Under-served’ people.

There is still less than half the world’s population connected and using the Internet (48%). Only 76% of the world’s population lives within access of a 3G signal, and only 43% of people within access of a 4G connection. Thus, the majority of the connected world remains under-connected, most of them in developing countries. Unless people have the opportunity to migrate from 2G to at least 3G to 4G and beyond, they remain under-connected.

Challenges in the rates, roll-outs and financing needs of new deployments and network upgrades.

There is evidence to suggest that 4G is being rolled out in urban centres in parallel with existing 3G networks, rather than in unconnected areas.

Overall slowing growth in mobile subscriptions and SMS volumes (as well as for some operators, revenues) and number of markets reach maturity.

Operators are having to navigate slowing subscription growth and market maturity and adapt to meet consumer demand for data.

Remarkable fast-paced growth of Internet Exchange Points in Africa.

Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Rep. of Congo, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sudan and Zimbabwe all established an IXP over the last twelve months to mid-2017.

The report and its generalised recommendations (e.g. encourage investment in new infrastructure, review regulatory frameworks for broadband, infrastructure sharing etc.) don’t have a lot of relevance to the United Kingdom these days, although it does offer a useful if simplified overview of the state of connectivity in other countries.

UN State of Broadband 2017 Report (PDF)
https://www.itu.int/pub/S-POL-BROADBAND.18-2017

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