Broadband accelerates transformation in development: global report

Broadband technologies are driving substantial transformation in many development-related sectors, including health, education, financial inclusion and food security, making them a key accelerator towards achievement of the United Nations´ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to The State of Broadband 2017: Broadband Catalyzing Sustainable Development report released by the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development.

The report has been released just ahead of the Commission´s fall meeting in New York City on 17 September, and amid the UN General Assembly taking place 12-25 September 2017, also in New York.

According to the report, while 48% of the global population is now online, some 3.9 billion people still do not have Internet access, with the digital gap growing between developed and developing countries. In addition, 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. The disparities in gender access are also becoming wider in developing countries.

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