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ITU and UN Seek Cheaper Universal Broadband in Developing Countries

Posted: 03rd Sep, 2010 By: MarkJ
global broadband internet poverty ituThe International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has revealed new statistics that highlight a significant global disparity in the adoption and affordability of broadband internet access services. It found that consumers in the UK typically spend 0.63% of their monthly income on fixed broadband ISPs, while those in the Central African Republic (the most expensive) would need to spend 3891%!

Sadly it's quite common for the poorest countries to have the most expensive broadband access, which is at least partly attributable to supply and demand. New telecoms networks don't come cheap and any country with a poor population would struggle to afford such services, leaving it as a luxury for the rich. The lack of competition in such markets doesn't help.

By contrast 30% of people in Western Europe, which is significantly more prosperous, now have broadband access and pay on average just 1% or less of their monthly income to receive it. In many of the world’s poorest countries, fixed broadband penetration remains below 1% and access costs over 100% of an average monthly income.
Country - Fixed Broadband Subs Per 100 People - (% of income)
UK - 29.8% - (0.63%)
USA - 27.1% - (0.5%)
France - 31.1% - (1.02%)
Germany - 30.4% - (1.23%)
Canada - 29.7% - (0.71%)
Australia - 25.4% - (0.77%)
South Korea - 33.8% - (1.41%)
Brazil - 7.5% - (4.58%)
Russia - 9.2% - (1.66%)
India - 0.7% - (5.84%)
China - 7.7% - (7.19%)
As a result of these problems the ITU has called on governments and development agencies around the world to make broadband internet access a top priority. It's hoped that improved broadband could also assist the United Nations (UN) in reaching its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of raising living standards and reducing poverty by 2015.

Dr Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General of the ITU, said:

"Broadband is today’s truly transformational technology. As with the dawn of other inventions that profoundly reshaped our society, most of us are yet to see the tremendous power and potential of these networks. It’s not just about fast web browsing.

Through e-health, e-education, e-government, smart grids, smart transport systems and much more, broadband will power economic and social progress in the 21st century.

When we first harnessed electricity, we thought: ‘lighting’. But the advent of the power grid was the tipping point that led to the building of skyscrapers, the rapid rise of large-scale industry, mass mobility, and even – through labour-saving home appliances – the emancipation of women."

As it stands some 30 countries around the world have added broadband to their universal service definitions. The UK currently plans to make a minimum broadband speed of at least 2Mbps available to everybody in the country by 2015, although this is a weak "commitment" rather than an "obligation".

Dr Touré will be presenting his full Broadband Commission for Digital Development report to the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, in New York on 19th September 2010 and as part of the 2010 Millennium Development Goals Summit. Dr Touré is also speaking at a Westminster Media Forum seminar today in London.
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