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We need connected enterprises that can digitize, thrive and generate jobs, tax revenues, and contribute to tackling climate change. There is significant untapped connectivity potential among Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises. Worldwide, these MSMEs account for 9/10 businesses, ½ of global GDP and about 2/3 of jobs.
Rural and urban areas are often viewed as contrasting areas with a greater level of poverty in urban areas. This impression has led to differences in policy direction across Africa and therefore become a self-fulfilling prophecy which has kept the rural community poorer than the urban one. The conventional model for providing connectivity, the basic enabler needed to break the digital divide, has not been in favor of the rural area.
Space based solutions are bringing connectivity services to more people in more places and satellite network operators like Intelstat intend to play a larger role. With the right mix of partnership, investment, innovation and services, the private and public sectors can work together to quickly develop and implement flexible, cost effective and even profitable solutions to close the global connectivity gap.
85% of the 4B people that do not use the mobile internet live in an area that is covered by mobile broadband, and they are disproportionately poorer, female and rural. The mobile industry is leading efforts to tackle the barriers with: mobile digital skills programs, affordable handsets and data services, and investments in local content and services.
Following this positive outcome, the world has been paying attention to Korea’s case and the government has summarized the key factors of successful response as 3T system on the basis of ICT. Among the 3Ts, tracing is the most pivotal, given it helps early detection to prevent additional spread.
Building resilient connectivity and supporting affordable access to the internet: initiatives and lessons learned
The Internet Society has been deploying efforts over the years to grow the Internet and make it stronger. To help build the Internet, the Internet Society has been a strong supporter of Internet exchange points (IXPs) since 2008.
In order to close the digital divide, we must work to integrate satellite backhaul into strategies to deploy mobile and Wi-Fi networks into rural and remote communities.
Technology has strengthened Singapore’s COVID-19 response: to protect public interest, support our people and assist businesses
Broadband has been experiencing a rapid and steady growth around the globe in the past two decades. This is evidenced by the development of broadband infrastructure, improved internet penetration, expanding bandwidth and fast speed of connection, and more.