For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, here’s a study prepared by The Broadband Commission for Digital Development in partnership with the International Telecommunication Union and networking equipment manufacturer TM Unifi.
The study reveals the role that national broadband plans play in a country’s development, and outlines the key points for creating a successful broadband development plan.
However, the study’s conclusion is not very optimistic: countries with national broadband plans have broadband penetration rates on average just 2.5% higher than countries without such plans.
The most important statement of the study was the conclusion that countries with a clearly articulated concept of broadband deployment are significantly ahead of countries that use the principle of hands-off in its development. Disregarding per capita income, urbanization and market concentration, it turns out that countries with such plans have an average of 2.5% higher broadband penetration than countries without such plans.
National broadband plans are an important mechanism for governments to formulate a vision and strategy for their country’s development through technology adoption. Among the different types of ICT, the introduction of broadband has the greatest impact on GDP growth and changes in the lives of citizens at the individual level. Broadband has the potential to revolutionize all sectors of the modern economy. Broadband networks today are vital not only for actively maintaining the competitiveness of the national economy, but also for introducing innovative services in education, health and utilities, energy and water supply, environmental monitoring and numerous public services. In addition, broadband is a key tool for machine-to-machine communication,
The planned development of broadband communications accelerates the introduction of new technologies, stimulates economic growth and national competitiveness, the Report says. The number of countries that have adopted a national broadband development plan is increasing every year. Thus, by the middle of 2013, the official plans for the development of broadband communications were already in force in 134 countries of the world.
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