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1 1 Session 3 Bridging Digital Divide through Innovative & Creative Digital Economy Background Paper Ms. Sireerat Bunnag Project Manager ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific 17 May 2012

2 The gap in access to information resources in some countries compared with those state-of-the- art networks: telephone, radio, TV, internet, satellite. It is the difference in facilities for people to communicate, relative to location, living standard, and education which results in countrys economic and social situation. Concept of Digital Divide

3 ITU: There Are Now Over 1 Billion Users Of Social Media Worldwide, Most On Mobile Source: The 2012 Trends In Telecommunication Reform report says it has 901 million monthly active users which can be interpreted that: mobile is fast becoming the main way that the vast majority of people are using its service. Current situation

4 ITU notes in the last five years, the number of fixed broadband users has nearly doubled, and by early 2012 they stood at 591 million in other words, equivalent to just over half of the number of all social media users. penetration of broadband services in the industrialized countries only 26 percent, while in developing countries is as low as 4.8 percent Broadband

5 Overall, there are still 5 billion people worldwide that havenever experienced even low-speed Internet, or have only experienced it through public or shared access,. There are some very much on the other side of the digital divide not using broadband, either. How big is the gap?

6 Aims for mid-term review of our mandates to - connect the world, especially unconnected; -bridge the digital divide and -to provide policy & regulatory enabling environment for inclusive information, knowledge and towards smart society ! S1: Transparent & effective governance in digital age S2: Safer & greener digital society S3: Bridging digital divide through innovative & creative digital economy S4: Moving towards smart society ITU Regional Development Forum 2012

7 ICT Applications and Services e-government, e-learning, etc. Creative Digital Economy lack of infrastructure and illiteracy Universal Access liberalized market Job Creation Innovation & creation of new services Public-Private Partnership pilot projects & potential investors Highlight of the focus areas

8 What Goals Should We Work for in Addressing the Digital Divide? Prepare all young people with the technology literacy skills needed for today's jobs and civic life. Ensure that schools and communities equip individuals with the technology skills they will need to be contributing members of society. Adequate funding is provided for schools and communities that will allow them to offer technology resources. Put technology to work to address the needs of low- income and underserved communities.

9 9 To achieve the goals & implement the initiatives together, We look for enhancing partnership (PPPP) National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), Thailand Asian Development Bank Servei de Telecomunicacions dAndorra European Commission MICT I.R. Iran Ministry of Internal Affairs & Communications, Japan Government of India We welcome new partnerships Telecom Regulatory Commission Sri Lanka

10 10 ITU : ITU Asia Pacific : I Thank U


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