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The State of Broadband 2015

Broadband as a Foundation for Sustainable Development

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This report explores what constitutes an effective National Broadband Plan to boost the deployment of broadband and maximize its impact as a crosssectoral driver underpinning progress. It is now more important than ever that developing countries prioritize digital development in order to enhance their national competitiveness and to deliver tangible improvements in their citizens’ living standards and welfare, including closing gender gaps in access to ICTs and broadband.

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Realizing our Connected Future

The telecom industry continues to grow strongly in terms of penetration and uptake. The consultancy IDC estimates that the total telecom sector was worth US$ 1.67 trillion in 2013, growing by 1-2% per year, driven mainly by expansion in China and emerging markets. IDC projects that global IT and telecom spending will grow by 3.8% to around US$ 3.8 trillion for 2015 alone. The research firm Infonetics estimates that mobile data services (including text messaging and mobile broadband) rose across the board in every region in 2014, thanks to the growing use of smartphones, and forecasts that the data communications market should continue to be healthy in 2015.

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