Wow, we felt a little bit humbled today when our trawl across the web for all things mobile broadband related came across this report on Computer Weekly.
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) recently released a report calling for a much more rapid rollout of mobile broadband globally. So far, so expected you may think, it’s kind of in their interest to make calls like that but the really interesting thing is that the report has been picked up by no lesser a body than the UN who have echoed the call, called for access to broadband to be a universal human right and stated it can be a factor in helping to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (end poverty and hunger, universal education, gender equality, child health, maternal health, combat HIV/Aids, environmental sustainability and global partnership by 2015).
We can be a little narrowly focussed here at UK Mobile Broadband Deals. We love mobile broadband and like talking about it but we’re mostly preoccupied with mobile broadband in the UK, a well developed country with good access to telecommunications amongst other substantial benefits. It’s a little humbling to think how the same technology that we love over here could make a very real difference in helping to achieve such lofty goals elsewhere in the world.
90% of the world’s population will soon be within coverage of wireless networks and numerous economics studies have already shown how access to mobile phones can bring about substantial increases in quality of life in everything from access to medical information to helping to establish an efficient (i.e. none exploitative) market for locally sourced fishing and agriculture. That’s hugely powerful and makes a very real difference to the lives of hundreds of millions, or even billions of people but imagine what development opportunities access to proper mobile broadband could have. Especially when combined with the One Laptop Per Child programme. We wholeheartedly salute the UN on a topic we hadn’t perhaps given enough consideration to in the past and will certainly look to hold dear to our hearts in future.