UN: PH ranks 101st in broadband penetration

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[/caption] Despite being the call center capital of the world, the Philippines was eclipsed by developing economies such as Algeria and Guyana. The highest-ranking Southeast Asian country is Singapore, which had a broadband penetration rate of 25.5. The report revealed that while household Internet access has seen strong growth over the past year and is on track to achieve the commission?s target for ?connecting homes to broadband?, individual Internet use continues to lag behind. ITU analysts believe that mobile broadband could prove the platform for achieving the boost needed to get progress back on track ? at end 2011, there were already almost twice as many mobile broadband subscriptions as fixed broadband connections. The report noted a strong linguistic shift now taking place online. If current growth rates continue, it says, the number of Internet users accessing the Internet predominantly in Chinese will overtake English language users by 2015. It goes on to outline a variety of ways in which broadband is improving the lives of people around the world, in m-health, distance education and m-learning, via m-payment systems, and in improving the lives of women, promoting innovation, and fostering the acquisition of new skills. It also reinforces a clear need for policy leadership to facilitate the deployment of broadband around the world. Currently, some 119 countries have a national broadband plan or policy in place. The Broadband Commission for Digital Development report, issued on Sept. 23 in New York, is the first-ever country-by-country snapshot of the state of broadband deployment worldwide. The full report can be accessed here. ]]>

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