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At the 2021 Asia-Pacific Community Networks Summit: Innovating Policymaking to Connect the Unconnected

Asia-Pacific, home to over half the world’s population, is the largest and most diverse region of the globe. Four of its countries (China, India, Indonesia, Japan) also account for more than half of the world’s mobile subscriber base. Yet a significant part of the population remains unconnected.

The current global pandemic has made the role of digital technologies—and the urgent need to provide affordable and accessible connectivity to everyone—stark.

Research Report on the Network Planning for the Greater Mekong Subregion

The Asia Pacific region has witnessed a remarkable growth in ICT interconnection in recent years. According to ESCAP 55.6 per cent of the world`s fixed broadband subscriptions are concentrated in Asia and the Pacific, while the fixed broadband subscription rates of Europe and North America lie at 20.3 per cent and 13.1 per cent respectively However, the broadband development among ESCAP subregions and member countries is uneven.

A Pilot Community Network in Pakistan: Online Supplementary Education and its Impact

Since December 2015, the Internet Society, in partnership with COMSATS Internet Services, has been implementing a pilot initiative in Chak-5 Faiz, a rural village in Pakistan, as part of the Wireless for Communities (W4C) Programme. This programme focuses on last mile connectivity in rural and remote areas, which involves developing communities’ capacity to build and operate the wireless network, and empowering them to create and use digital services.

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