Focus on broadband at Rio+20, says ITU

INTERNET

|
Image: By BiztechAfrica
Focus on broadband at Rio+20, says ITU

As the Rio+20 summit gets underway this week, ITU’s Broadband Commission has called on world leaders to focus on broadband as a catalyst for development.

Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, will start on 20 June, with tens of thousands of delegates participating in discussions on world progress. Poverty reduction, innovation and climate change will feature high on the agenda.

However, the ITU’s Broadband Commission, in an open leader to the G20 leaders, has urged them to also do all they can to promote the development of the broadband networks, applications and services that will serve as the catalyst for future socio-economic growth.

“In the Information Society of the 21st century, countries must make the necessary investments to enable their citizens to participate in and benefit from the digital economy and global innovation – or risk exclusion,” the letter warns.

Equating the importance of broadband to essential utilities like water, roads, rail and electricity, the letter states that governments have a key role to play in stimulating broadband deployment by putting in place pro-competitive and pro-investment policies, lowering barriers to entry and making direct investment, where appropriate. It also stresses the fundamental role of the private sector in driving the roll-out of networks and services, and fuelling ongoing innovation.

“This meeting of the G20 is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of the need to promote ‘broadband inclusion for all’ and move it to the top of the international policy agenda,” said ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré. “We must act now to ensure that future generations from all countries, and across all social strata, can take full advantage of the unprecedented power of broadband to extend access to knowledge, to culture, and to vital social services like healthcare, education and e-government.”



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE INTERNET NEWS

Online platform to target Kenyans in Diaspora

Plans are underway to establish an online platform to help Kenyans in Diaspora access vital documents and government services.   Read More

Iconway introduces online shopping service with launch of PricePadi.com

Nigerian consumer internet company, Iconway today announces the launch of PricePadi.com, a new online shopping service that allows customers to search for and discover products available from different sources in Nigeria. Read More

NIG warns NCC against national frequency allocation

The Nigeria Internet Group (NIG) has warned the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) against allocating national frequencies to operators. Read More

DRC capital’s online media audiences increase

The internet media’s audiences in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), have gone up by 7% in 2014 to reach 35%. Read More

IoT and the channel: good news and bad news

The Internet of Things (IoT) is set to create new business opportunities by making business processes more efficient while at the same time making channel business a bit more difficult, says Rectron. Read More

Ghana IT gets a boost with Surfline 4G LTE

Ghana’s internet growth is about is about to witness another massive boost as Surfline Communications Limited makes inroads into the ICT sector with the official introduction of its 4G Long-Term Evolution network in Accra. Read More

Jumia launches in Cameroon

Pan-African e-commerce site Jumia has launched in Cameroon, taking to nine the number of countries where it is active. Read More

E-commerce: DRC not in race despite ICT enthusiasm

Despite its recent ICT gains, DRC is still lagging on the e-commerce front, reports Issa Sikiti da Silva. Read More

Intelsat celebrates 50 years

Intelsat today commemorates its 50th anniversary of providing critical telecommunications and video content distribution infrastructure for businesses, organizations and governments around the world.  Read More

Ruckus Wireless expands presence in Africa

Ruckus Wireless has appointed Westcon Africa as the newest member of its growing distributor network as part of the company’s continued expansion into Africa.  Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionSage HR AfricaMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoice

FEATURED STORY

Safaricom-Equity battle for mobile banking hots up Safaricom-Equity battle for mobile banking hots up

Equity bank's entry to the mobile banking and telephony industry is still hanging in the balance with London-based global association of mobile operators (GSMA) calling for independent audit. 

IN DEPTH

Kenya rolls out e-extension to improve agricultureKenya rolls out e-extension to improve agriculture

In a bid to curb the overwhelmed number of agricultural extension officers in Kenya, the ministry of agriculture is embracing technology with their introduction of E-Extension services, which are aimed at reaching out to over 7 million farmers annually.