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The State of Broadband 2016

Broadband Catalyzing Sustainable Development

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This report provides an update on progress towards the global targets of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development and showcases the research and thought leadership of the Broadband Commission. It also provides a global snapshot of where the telecommunication/ICT industry stands with regards to fixed and mobile broadband deployment, affordability and usage, as well as the use of broadband for achieving development objectives. It will examine the use of new and upcoming technologies, such as 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT) for development.

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Smart ways to promote knowledge cities

Today, over half the world’s population lives in cities and this may increase to over 70% over the next thirty years. Sustainable urban development centred on people and the respect of human rights is therefore one of the major priorities and challenges of today’s societies. Although cities occupy only 2% of total land surface, they account for 54% of the world population (World Bank, 20161), 70% of GDP, 60% of global energy consumption, 70% of greenhouse gas emissions and 70% of global waste (UN-Habitat, 20162). Habitat III, the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development taking place in October 2016, is pushing for urbanization to be understood as a strategy for development, rather than just an accumulation of problems (Habitat III’s New Urban Agenda).

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