11th Anniversary of the Broadband Commission
This Spring, we celebrate 11 years of the Broadband Commission. For over a decade, Commissioners representing the private sector, international organizations, government, civil society and academia have come together to discuss solutions to the challenges the world faces in implementing affordable, accessible and safe broadband. Through the thought leadership and outcomes of our various Working Groups, the Commission has published over 30 reports with policy recommendations for achieving the Commission’s Advocacy Targets and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Broadband Connectivity, Transforming Lives
This Spring we promoted the Broadband Connectivity, Transforming Lives campaign’s new video, co-created with Broadband Commissioner Ms. Sun Yafang from Huawei, featuring LifeBank, a digital health service platform service based in Nigeria.
The Broadband Transforming Lives Campaign illustrates the use of broadband in everyday life. Connectivity has become an essential component of modern living, acting as a tool for virtual education, healthcare, public services, social interaction, remote work and much, much more. These videos give a small glimpse into the lives of people around the world, and how they use broadband to stay connected for the greater good. Check out this, and the other videos on our website!
Working Group Announcements
Virtual & AI Driven Health and Care
The Working Group on Virtual and AI Driven Health & Care will be chaired by Commissioners from the Novartis Foundation, the World Health Organization and Microsoft, and aims to offer a call to action to governments to enhance equal access to health and care, enabled by virtual and AI driven services. It will do a global scan on where regions and countries stand in the adoption of such services and it will showcase:
Case studies of countries that were able to pivot as a result of the crisis and adopt virtual and AI driven services solutions for the long run.
Successful theories of change (that enabled the change to happen) to inspire others on how to move forward and foster international collaboration.
The business case for virtual and AI driven health services particularly in countries with low resources, to stimulate local providers to invest in sustainable virtual solutions in health.
Cutting-edge technology and innovations that are emerging, as well as the platforms required to integrate these new solutions, that will help countries accelerate their digital transformation.
An action-orientated road map of steps to be taken by countries to enhance health equity and population health, enabled by virtual and AI driven health services.
AI Maturity in Health Assessment Tool
This free digital assessment tool helps countries identify where to best invest resources to enable successful deployment of impactful AI solutions in health.
The ultimate goal is that the potential of this transformative technology can be realized everywhere, and no country is left behind.
News from Our Commissioners & Partners
The Spanish Government has recently published the conditions of the tender of the 700 MHz spectrum band, one of the prioritized bands for the 5G deployment in Europe. This measure is one of the reforms included in Spain´s Strategy for the Promotion of 5G Technology.
European Parliament’s Report on Disinformation
The European Parliament recently published its report, “The impact of disinformation on democratic processes and human rights in the world” citing the Broadband Commission’s Working Group on Freedom of Expression and Addressing Misinformation’s 2020 publication.
Novartis Foundation & BBCOM
Commissioner Dr. Ann Aerts, Head of the Novartis Foundation along with Broadband Commission Executive Director and Director of ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau Ms. Doreen Bogdan-Martin, recently published an article on the AI & Health where they discuss how to leverage data and AI to deliver on the promise of digital health.
Commissioners Mr. Bocar Ba and H.E. Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams along with ICT ministers from three SADC countries, and industry experts came together on Africa Day to discuss the key strategic challenges and opportunities facing African countries in the ICT sector.
Facebook and Eutelsat Partnership
Broadband Commission Member Facebook has recently partnered with Eutelsat to provide broadband services to rural and remote end-users across 12 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Nokia’s Futurithmic Podcast with Doreen Bogdan-Martin
This World Telecommunication and Internet Society Day, Broadband Commission’s Executive Director and Director of ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau Doreen Bogdan-Martin joined Nokia to discuss ITU’s history and the future of connectivity.
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Born out of the Working Group on School Connectivity, the ITU/UNICEF joint initiative Giga, has launched its newsletter. The bi-monthly publication will share updates on the progress and achievements of the initiative & opportunities for getting involved.
For a full list of upcoming events and campaigns, check out our Editorial Calendar
SAMENA Leadership Summit
Several Broadband Commissioners participated in this year’s Leadership Summit, led by SAMENA CEO and Broadband Commissioner, Mr. Bocar Ba to help define future policy actions for the new norms in socialization and business conduct in a post-COVID world.