On Our Continuing Journey to Connect the Unconnected – Connecting People, Places and Things

By    October 7, 2015

Our goal is, and remains, to extend the reach of broadband globally to be inclusive of everyone and elevate access to education, healthcare, government and business productivity.  We still have over 4 billion people to connect globally, so our work is not done.

The challenge is not simply about billions of people not having access to the Internet – it’s in understanding the problem from the perspective of communities without any Internet access (the unconnected) and those of communities with only basic connectivity (the under-connected). Offering these two distinct populations access to the social, business, healthcare, government and educational resources and opportunities the Internet offers can help them play their own roles in changing the world.

According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Information Technology Report 2015, it was estimated that in 2010, the Internet accounted for US $1,672 billion of the global economy, or approximately 2.9 percent of the global GDP.  The economic value generated annually by the Internet in developing countries is US $119 per capita, compared with US $1,488 per capita in developed countries.

It really does take a village to make the goal of providing universal access to broadband a reality, and everyone has a part to play:

  1. Governments need to make spectrum available for wireless broadband
  2. Spectrum re-farming in specific frequency ranges where equipment is manufactured in volume
  3. Broadband communications equipment must be cost effective for developing markets
  4. Government support with policies and programs to promote universal access

The European Union has a defined a program to achieve broadband coverage across the Union under the Digital Agenda for Europe program.  Members must achieve by 2020, universal delivery of 30 Mbps, with half of the connections able to deliver 100 Mbps. Similarly, the FCC voted and passed in January 2015, a measure to increase the definition of broadband access to 25 Mbps.  The previous standard for definition of broadband in the United States was 4 Mbps.  Both the EU Commission and the FCC have funding programs in place to promote broadband access.

If 90% of the world’s data was created in the past 12 months, and according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Information Technology Report 2015, in 2020 the amount of data stored will be 50 times what it is today, the need to propagate high-performance analytics, also known as big data analytics across broadband networks is essential.  Big data creates opportunities for employment and growth globally as we look to propagate information, improve efficiency, reduce waste and spot emerging trends. 

At Cambium Networks everything is within reach:

  • With IOT and IIOT we are just beginning to understanding the billions of things we’ll connect and analyze
  • Yet, we still have over 4 billion people to connect
  • Those 4 billion people live in places that need access to broadband services to access education, healthcare, government, and information

The technology landscape is evolving fast, and so are we.  Connecting People, Places and Things.  Visit our Mission page to see how we connect people globally, and tell us your story.