A4AI lauds UN Broadband Commission for ‘1 for 2’ affordability target
By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana
The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) has applauded the UN Broadband Commission for adopting its ambitious “1 for 2” affordability target as part of the Commission’s set of seven ambitious 2025 targets designed to connect the 50% of the world still offline and, more widely, to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals set in 2015.
The “ 1 for 2” stands for 1GB of mobile broadband data priced at 2% or less of average monthly income and its believed that such a target will ensure that income is not a barrier to access the internet.
The targets, which were launched at a joint meeting of the Commission and the World Economic Forum during the 2018 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, specifically seek to expand broadband infrastructure, and internet access and the use by populations around the world, in support of achievement of Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations and the international community in September 2015 and in so doing to improve livelihood and economies.
In a statement available to Biztechafrica, the Alliance for Affordable Internet said they are delighted and encouraged to see the UN adopt this target, and to join Nigeria, Ghana and ECOWAS in working toward an affordability threshold that should enable billions more to be able to afford entry-level broadband access.
“As you all know, we first proposed a new “1 for 2” affordability target in our 2015-16 Affordability Report; since then, encouraging adoption of the “1 for 2” affordability target has been at the heart of much of our advocacy work,” it added.
According to the group the Commission’s 2025 Targets, lay out a number of other relevant goals, including for all countries to have funded national broadband plans, and a call for gender equality across all targets.
The BroadBand Commission for Sustainable Development 2025 Targets stipulates that by the 2025, all countries should have a funded national broadband plan or strategy, or include broadband in their universal access and services definition, entry-level broadband services should be made affordable in developing countries, at less than 2% of monthly gross national income per capita, broadband / Internet user penetration should reach: 75% worldwide, 65% in developing countries, and 35% in least developed countries, 60% of youth and adults should have achieved at least a minimum level of proficiency in sustainable digital skills, 40% of the world's population should be using digital financial services, unconnectedness of Micro-, Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises should be reduced by 50%, by sector and gender equality should be achieved across all targets.