Half of the World Population should Have Broadband Access by 2015: UN

By Dipankar Das, Gaea News Network
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

broadband The UN said on Sunday that it wants high speed broadband for half of the world population within the next five years. Hamadoun Toure, secretary general of the UN’s International Telecommunications Union continued that the Governments of all countries across the world should put the access of broadband internet at the top of their agenda. “The leaders of the world are unified: the future will be built with broadband,” he said.

The broadband access has yet to reach 50 percent even in the developed countries. The ITU figures out that the number is close to 30 percent in the developed world and only one in 10 in developing countries. The corresponding number is one in 100 in the poorest countries. However, there is an ambiguity across the globe about what constitutes “broadband”.

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