Broadband going mainstream

INTERNET

|
Image: ITU's statshot - fixed broadband subscriptions per 100 people. By ITU
ITU's statshot - fixed broadband subscriptions per 100 people

Broadband is being taken seriously by most governments around the world, while ICTs have come within reach of most of the world’ s population for the first time in history.

Some 82 countries have national broadband strategies, and over 40 now include broadband in their universal service and universal access definitions.

The latest statshot report by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) shows that 82 countries around the world now have national broadband strategies in place or on the way; and at least 40 now include broadband in their definition of universal service and universal access. Among these 40 countries are Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ghana, Guinea, Malawi, Morocco, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Uganda.

ITU defines national broadband strategies as plans are clearly focusing on the benefits of building nationwide broadband infrastructure to provide public services online – including e-health, e-education and e-government. Countries with these in place include Malawi. Broadband competition is now available in over 90% of countries around the world – both in mobile and internet services.

ITU’ s statshot report notes that during the first decade of the 21st century, new information and communication technologies (ICTs) came within reach of most of the world’ s people for the first time in human history.

It says that during the past decade, the number of mobile cellular subscriptions around the world grew from under one billion to over five billion, while the number of internet users worldwide grew from under 400 million to over two billion.

Africa is still under-serviced, though. According to Internetworldstats, it had a penetration of only 10.9% by the end of last year.



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

Search News

comments powered by Disqus

MORE INTERNET NEWS

How to Bypass Electronic Communication Censorship

Censorship poses a large and growing challenge to online freedom of expression around the world, says Kwami Ahiabenu, Executive Director of Penplusbytes.   Read More

MTN launches a Young Graduate Programme

MTN Cameroon, leader of the telecommunications sector in Cameroon has announced the launch of its “MTN Young Graduate Programme’’. Read More

Vodacom trains 25 female secondary school students on IoTs

L-R: Lanre Kolade; winners Peace Agboola and Chidera Onyekuru, and Vodcaom’s Funke Atanda Vodacom Business Nigeria has trained twenty-five female students of Clemmy High School, Agodo-Egbe, Lagos, on Internet of Things (IoTs) as part of its support for the Girls in ICT programme.  Read More

Africa, preparing to become an Always-On continent

There is significant potential for Africa to capitalise on the move to Always-On, says Veeam Software. Read More

Ericsson and MTN bring LTE experience to Ghana

MTN Ghana has selected Ericsson to deploy its new LTE network in the Greater Accra region. Read More

SEACOM gathers momentum in SA business market

Pan-African telecoms enabler SEACOM has announced that it has grown its South African base of channel partners servicing the business market to more than 65 companies of all sizes, up from 20 in October last year. Read More

MTN Business encourages transport and logistics industry to realise the impact of M2M

If embraced and implemented properly, M2M has numerous abilities to provide South African fleet managers with useful information regarding fuel usage, routing, and vehicle diagnostics, says MTN Business.     Read More

Nigeria satellite resources to boost economic growth

The Management of NigComSat says Nigeria’s satellite resources are primed to help the nation in accelerating robust ICT infrastructure to boost economic development for the country. Read More

Win for Kenyan bloggers as court quashes controversial law

Bloggers and social media users in Kenya have with sighed relief with quashing of a contentious section of law that State has been using to prosecute individuals who were mostly perceived to be critics of the establishment.  Read More

Africa-1 Consortium signs MOU

MTN Group, PCCW Global, Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Telecom Egypt (TE) and Telkom South Africa have signed an agreement on the construction of the new “Africa-1” submarine cable system. Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage EnterpriseSAP AfricaTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoiceMicrosoft 4AfrikaNetworks UnlimitedArbor Networks

FEATURED STORY

Government should encourage youths in ICT earlyGovernment should encourage youths in ICT early

Youths should be given more encouragement to develop their ICT skills, an 11-year-old app developer told Kokumo Goodie.

IN DEPTH

IBM Opens First Cloud Data Centre in South AfricaIBM Opens First Cloud Data Centre in South Africa

IBM is opening a new IBM Cloud Data Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. The new cloud center is the result of a close collaboration with Gijima and Vodacom and is designed to support cloud adoption and customer demand across the continent.  

COMPANY NEWS

Resolving the data centre disconnect

The disconnect between virtualised applications and physical storage is costing businesses time and money.   

Separating the attack that matters from the noise

It has almost become the norm for a business to be compromised by a security attack. The emphasis today is thus more on how a business responds ...

MTN Business partners SMEasy to give entrepreneurs access to easy accounting solutions

MTN Business, in partnership with online accounting tool SMEasy, today announced the launch of an agile, fit for purpose business management and easy accounting solution for small ...