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UN panel sets broadband target

2011-10-25 14:10

Geneva - A UN panel has given governments a target of connecting half the world's poor citizens to broadband internet by 2015.

The UN's Broadband Commission for Digital Development also says at least 40% of households in developing countries should be hooked up to broadband within four years.

The panel representing industry, academia and governments issued the challenge on Tuesday. It said broadband access needs to be affordable even in the most impoverished nations.

The head of the UN's International Telecommunications Union in Geneva, Hamadoun Toure, said the targets are "ambitious but achievable" if governments work together with the private sector.

Comments
  • John - 2011-10-25 14:32

    Please don't. We have enough trolls on the internet already

  • Hennie - 2011-10-25 15:01

    Remember Telkom... Affordable. Maybe it is time to allow people to get adsl without paying for a phone line we don't use.

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