Notes on connectivity (Day 0, IGF2016)

I caught the portions of the pre-event “Global Connect, IEEE, ISOC, ITU, UNESCO, WEF, and the World Bank — Advancing Solutions for Connectivity: Improving Global Coordination and Collaboration.” These are my notes:

  • Connectivity is far too deep an issue to be done alone.
  • 3.9 Billion people are still offline.
  • 95% of the world’s population is covered by mobile phone service.
  • 84% of the world population is covered by mobile broadband service.
  • Of the 95% with mobile phone service, only 50% of them are actually connected and online. Reasons? There is lack of locally relevant contact, lack of digital literacy among users, internet service is not affordable, and people lack skill.
  • Key to improve connectivity: affordability; trust and confidence in networks
  • Typically, only 1% of budget for infrastructure goes to connectivity.
    There is a need for more public and private lending for connectivity infrastructure.
  • Thousands of languages cannot be accessed through the internet today.