Social DevelopmentSAVE THE DATE!

Debrief conference call on the outcomes of the Ninth Meeting of the Commission is scheduled for Tuesday, 15 April 2014, at 15h00 Geneva time.

Next Broadband Commission meeting in New York, USA, on 21 September 2014.

Update on the Commission’s Dublin MeetingThe big news this month is of course our 9th full meeting held in Dublin, on 22-23 March, generously hosted by Denis O’Brien.On 22 March, the first meeting of the Working Group on Financing and Investment took place, chaired by IDB. On Sunday, 23 March the discussion of Commissioners focused on the role of broadband /ICTs in the post 2015 agenda and to-date developments of the Commission with regards to the successor framework of the MDGs. Commissioners exchanged views and new ideas on priorities for the sustainable development agenda. The Commissioners also debated the issue of broadband network development and funding models in the rural areas. The meeting report will follow shortly after our update conference call. In the meantime, access our press releases on how broadband can solve the global development gap, and the video interview with our host, Denis O’Brien. Call for Inputs to the State of Broadband 2014 Report“The State of Broadband 2014: Broadband for All” will be published at the next meeting of the Commission on 21 September 2014 in New York.This report builds on the Commission’s successful existing report series and research. It will offer additional conclusions on progress towards achieving the Commission’s targets in relation to the MDG and SDG processes.To engage in the debate and contribute to this year’s report, please directly – we would love to hear from you!

Commissioners & their Organizations in the news

  • The Broadband Commission meeting held in Dublin focused on how to accelerate progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, as highlighted by Ericsson in the Technology for Good Blog and ITU news log. See also the media coverage on the 9th meeting of the Broadband Commissionhere.
  • H.E. President Kagame pledged €50,000 during the Broadband Commission meeting in Dublin to help advance the robot project currently being developed in Dublin for teenager Joanne O’Riordan, who was born with a rare condition known as Total Amelia. Dr Touré took advantage of his visit to Dublin to visit the Trinity College team and review the current prototype, which was developed in just three months with the help of €50,000 from ITU. Intel has also pledged support for the project through contribution of expertise, while Denis O’Brien committed to a financial donation and a role as fund-raiding ambassador for the project. More here.
  • Dr Hamadoun Touré gave a keynote speech during the Executive Strategic Dialogue on Broadband for Sustainable Development at ITU’s World Telecommunication Development Conference 2014 (WTDC 2014), currently being held in Dubai, UAE from 30 March to 10 April 2014. More info here.
  • Broadband Commissioners and representatives including H.E. Dr Ali Abbasov, H.E. Dr Hessa Al-Jaberand Gabrielle Gauthey (Alcatel Lucent) expressed their views on emerging trends and the importance of ICT sector development at the High-Level Segment Policy Statements component of WTDC 2014. Morehere.
  • Irina Bokova and John Davies spoke at the Second Global Education & Skills Forum, co-hosted by UNESCO with partners in Dubai, UAE, on 15-17 March 2014. Other members and representatives of the Commission included Dr Speranza Ndege and Dr Joanna Rubinstein. More info here.
  • Professor Muhammad Yunus chaired 13th Yunus Centre Social Business Design Lab which took place on Saturday, 15th March 2014 at Grameen Bank Auditorium. The Yunus Centre Social Business Design Lab is a meeting place for people of diverse backgrounds with the goal of developing and supporting social business for the betterment of society. More here.
  • Ooredoo Myanmar has been awarded a GSMA mWomen Innovation Fund grant. GSMA mWomen will support Ooredoo Myanmar in delivering a multi-tier maternal health service that will provide women with access to maternal healthcare information and advice providing significant value to a highly underserved population. More here.
  • The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) chaired by Commissioner Jeffrey Sachs has issued a draft report presenting an early view of the post-2015 development targets and indicators. More info here. The Commission will be looking to provide input to key post-2015 negotiations, to boost recognition for broadband networks, services and applications.

Broadband in the News

  • A special edition of ITU’s Trends in Telecommunication Reform was launched at the WTDC-14 in Dubai. Highlighting the theme ‘4th Generation Regulation: Driving Digital Communications Ahead’, the report explores the policy and regulatory issues coming to the fore as the ICT sector accelerates within a broadband ecosystem of evolving applications and services. Read the report here.
  • The European Parliament voted on the proposal for the regulation of the European single market for electronic communications during its plenary session in Brussels on 3 April 2014. More info here.
  • According to a new report by EC, Europe’s 400 million Internet users face a geographic lottery regarding the price, speed, and range of choice of broadband. Four recent studies show there is virtually no pattern or coherence in broadband markets across the EU. Consumers are also baffled by the varying information provided by operators, limiting their ability to make the choice that best suits them. Morehere.
  • On 13 March, the worldwide web celebrated its unofficial 25th birthday. The Pew Research Center asked a group of thinkers in science and technology about what the Web might look like in 10 years. Experts predict the Internet will become ‘like electricity’ — less visible, yet more deeply embedded in people’s lives for good and ill. More info here.
  • China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has released the results of the project for 2013 and unveiled the goals of its ‘Broadband China’ programme for 2014. The Ministry’s goals include increasing the number of fixed broadband subscriptions by 25 million and achieving 30% penetration for connections of minimum 8 Mbps. More here.
  • Saudi Arabian Communications and IT Commission (CITC) has introduced several projects under the Universal Service Fund (USF), for the provision of telecoms services, including voice and data services, to remote locations. More here.

Coming up – Spot the Commissioner at…

  • Upcoming The annual UN ‘Girls in ICT Day’ will take place on 24 April, 2014. More here. The ITU special celebration will take place on 15th April in ITU HQ in Geneva. More here.
  • Upcoming The Fixed Access Networks Summit will be held in Berlin, Germany, on 9 April 2014, preceded by a joint ITU/Informa Special Focus Day on Gearing up to about getting “fibre-equivalent” speeds out of copper-based networks. More here.

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