Faced with limited economic activity, a shortage of skilled workers and high unemployment, the creation of an information society would bring huge benefits to the Pacific islands — but small island developing states struggle for connectivity, with limited connection to international submarine cables. Maximizing Availability of International Connectivity in the Pacific uses case studies to examine ICT development in the islands and recommends ways to get their populations connected.
With no sea access and isolated from global markets, Paraguay’s earning capacity is limited. A poor telecommunication infrastructure contributes to poverty and high vulnerability to external shocks. Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) in the Americas Region — Connectivity Challenges and Opportunities: Paraguay analyzes the country’s connectivity challenges and opportunities and proposes recommendations for improvement.
ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau Director Doreen Bogdan-Martin explains the reasons behind the revision of the much-cited figure of how many people remain unconnected - and why tackling that number is more important than ever as the world looks to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.