The UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development presents its final report to UN Secretary General urging the world leaders to agree that The future will be built on Broadband
New York, 19 September 2010 The Director General & CEO of the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO), Mr. José Toscano, participated in the second meeting of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development that has submitted its final Report to the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Summit, scheduled to begin today at the UN headquarters. In acknowledging the report, the UN Secretary-General Ban ki Moon remarked that the power of the broadband technology will inject new impetus into the development paradigm.
The ITU Secretary General, Mr. Hamadoun Touré challenged global leaders to ensure that more than half of the entire worlds people have access to broadband networks by 2015, and make access to high-speed networks a basic civil right.
Broadband is the next tipping point, the next truly transformational technology. It can generate jobs, drive growth and productivity, and underpin long-term economic competitiveness. It is also the most powerful tool we have at our disposal in our race to meet the Millennium Development Goals, which are now just five years away, said Dr Touré.
The Commissions outcome report, which included a High-Level Declaration calling for Broadband Inclusion for All, is comprised of a detailed framework for broadband deployment and ten Action Points aimed at mobilizing all stakeholders and convincing government leaders to prioritize the roll-out of broadband networks to their citizens.
Information and communication technologies are playing an increasingly important role as drivers of social and economic development, but it will take partnerships, such as the Broadband Commission, to ensure that those technologies live up to their extraordinary potential, said Mr Ban. The Commissions report is an important contribution to our efforts to ensure that the benefits of information and communication technology can further the United Nations goals of peace, security or development for all.
In a joint statement the heads of ITSO, EUTELSAT IGO, and IMSO stressed the important role that satellite technology plays in the provision of broadband services in rural and remote areas, or in cases of natural disasters where land infrastructure is not available, and in particular, when mobile satellite technology is the only way to facilitate broadband access to millions of people who live or work at sea, or while they travel in any mode of transport.
Satellite is rapidly deployable, highly reliable, and capable of delivering the access speeds required by applications today and in the future. Satellite represents instant infrastructure which is economically viable and efficient. Combinations of direct satellite access and satellite trunking to wireless-access-points can create optimized configurations of service, they said.
In dealing with innovation issues, the Commissions report recognizes that satellites also provide invaluable solutions, particularly in providing capacity in hard-to-reach rural areas and for providing the essential backhaul capacity needed by other operators to reach their customers.