Updated: Mar 25, 2021
Connecting Humanity, a new study estimating the investment needed to connect humanity to the internet by 2030, was released by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on 17 September. According to the study, US $428 billion is required to connect the remaining three billion people aged 10 years and above to broadband internet by the end of this decade.
Houlin Zhao, secretary-general of the ITU, says meeting the investment necessary to bring every person online by the end of this decade will require an unprecedented, concerted effort from the public and private sectors. He says Connecting Humanity is the roadmap that will guide decision-makers on the journey towards accessible, affordable, reliable, safe digital technologies and services for all.