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Despite the great progress in deepening regional connectivity through information and communication technologies, Asia and the Pacific is still the most digitally divided region in the world, with less than eight per cent of the population connected to affordable and reliable high-speed Internet. As a result, millions of people are shut out from transformative digital opportunities in education, health and financial services. Women and girls, in particular, have lower levels of access to broadband Internet and other knowledge-enhancing technologies. The Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway initiative aims to increase the availability and affordability of broadband Internet for all people across Asia and the Pacific.

 

Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway Master Plan 2019-2022

Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway concept was defined at the 1st meeting of the Working Group on the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway. The  AP-IS Master Plan identified the following four thematic pillars: (a) Physical infrastructure upgrade and interconnection; (b) Internet traffic management; (c) Building regional network resilience and (d) Promoting broadband access in underserved areas.

Second Working Group on Pacific Internet Exchange Point (IXP) and capacity training workshop on IXP’s operational modalities (Virtual Meeting)

The establishment of IXPs can have positive impacts on affordability, latency and traffic capacity. Yet, in the Pacific, few countries have established IXPs. Papua New Guinea recently established an IXP in 2017 with assistance from Internet Society, APNIC and other partners which at the time was estimated to result in a 10% decrease of prices of Internet services. Fiji also established a national IXP in 2017 and reported that latency between local operators has improved significantly from 60ms to 2ms after its deployment.[2] The majority of other Pacific island countries do not have IXPs.

SPECA Working Group on Innovation and Technology for Sustainable Development

The Working Group on Innovation and Technology for Sustainable Development (WG on ITSD) is a subsidiary body under the UN Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA), comprising senior policymakers, researchers, decision-makers, and implementers from the SPECA countries responsible for developing guidance and finding practical solutions to problems identified by the countries.

E-resilience for Pandemic Recovery: intercountry consultations in preparation for CICTSTI

In the fight against the pandemic digital connectivity and inclusion have become more critical than ever. The core Internet infrastructure networks takes on unprecedented importance. The capacity of technology to absorb and process big data in real-time and deliver bandwidth-intensive high-value-added services instantaneously heavily depends on the resilience of the ICT network infrastructure. In this regard, new emerging opportunities, challenges, and benefits of regional cooperation in East and North-East and North and Central Asia are rising.

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