07 June 2011
The Broadband Commission for Digital Development released a
report urging governments around the world to create and deploy
Governments implementing isolated broadband projects are
inefficient and preventing infrastructure builds which are "as
crucial in the modern world as roads or electricity supplies,"
according to the report.
A study on China used in the findings suggests that every 10%
increase in broadband penetration could contribute an extra 2.5
% to GDP. Other data in the report suggests that in low and
middle income countries, a 10% rise in broadband penetration
could add up to 1.4% rise in economic growth.
Broadband Commission report indicates that improvements in
broadband penetration directly correlate to improvements in
GDP," said ITU secretary-general Hamadoun Touré.
"Basically, the more available and cheaper broadband access is,
the better for a country’s economy and growth
The ITU released a report in May showing that,
on average, consumers were paying 50% less for high-speed
internet connections than they were two years ago. The decrease
in pricing was mainly in developing countries where original
prices were very high.
with the cheapest broadband prices compared to average national
monthly income are all wealthy economies; Monaco, Macau
(China), Liechtenstein, the US and Austria.
industrialised countries, consumers pay an equivalent of 1% or
less average monthly GNI per capita for an entry-level
broadband connection. Comparatively, in 19 countries broadband
connections cost more than 100% of the monthly GNI per
The report was release at the Commission’s third meeting
held at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
broadband is only one part of the picture – developing
human capacity is absolutely vital, to ensure that individuals
have the skills to make the most of new technologies,"
commented UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova. "All factors
– national, international, private and public
– must work together to these ends."
Broadband Commission for Digital Development,