Least developed countries make progress in mobile internet access

24 January 2018

A new report released on Wednesday by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), states that the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are recording impressive progress towards increasing access to information and communication technologies.

All 47 LDCs have launched so-called 3G wireless mobile services, and over 60 percent of their population is now covered by a 3G network.

Some LDCs have recently progressed to “developing country” status, and according to Cosmas Zavazava of the ITU, “there is a correlation between the development of these countries, and access to the internet”.

Now the service needs to be made more affordable, to “further unlock value,” he told UN News in an interview.

As technology becomes cheaper, and demand increases, the ITU is now looking at how it can help countries reach the Sustainable Development Goals.

The ITU is taking part in the World Economic Forum in Davos this week, highlighting the importance of harnessing technology for development.

Bronwen Cowley spoke to Mr Zavazava at the UN’s Geneva headquarters.

Audio Credit:
Bronwen Cowley, United Nations, Geneva
Audio Duration:
9'41"

 

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