Press release: Global partners join forces at Davos to connect the unconnected by 2020

Estimated cost of connecting next 1.5 billion is USD 450 billion

Davos, 21 January 2016 – A new global dialogue focused on getting the next 1.5 billion unconnected people online was forged at a special session of the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development held at the World Economic Forum in Davos today.

The session was part of the Commission’s efforts to build momentum and reach out to world leaders to push the issue of broadband connectivity to the top of the global agenda. It is the first time that so many world leaders have affirmed the vital importance of broadband to national growth and coalesced around a common broadband vision.

The session welcomed not just leading figures from the Broadband Commission, but prominent leaders from across government, industry and the finance sector, including the World Bank. They participated in a lively debate around investment challenges linked to building out broadband infrastructure in underserved communities.

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