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  • Singapore, Japan, and South Korea remain the most ambitious in the world when it comes to broadband services, according to a new study from the Economist Intelligence Unit.
  • Now in its third edition, the government broadband report shows that East Asian governments are targeting faster services and greater coverage than other countries. Already considered some of the most advanced broadband economies in the world, all three will significantly extend their lead if they meet targets.
  • Each has an official plan to provide 1Gbps services within the next two to five years, and both Singapore and Japan aim to cover more than 90% of households with these services over that time frame.
  • In Europe, governments have been focused on addressing regional and rural areas the private sector would struggle to serve profitably,” says Iain Morris, editor of the report. “As a result, target speeds tend to range from 20Mbps to 50Mbps for between 75% and 90% of households.”
  • Northern countries, including Estonia, Finland and Sweden, are typically more aggressive, targeting speeds of 100Mbps for between 90% and 100% of households within the next five to 10 years.
  • Approaches vary in other parts of the world, although higher levels of public-sector funding per household covered generally correspond to more government intervention.
  • Australia is spending the most in public-sector funds per household covered of any country in the world, with a government plan to create, own and operate an ultra-fast network in almost all parts of the country.
  • In the US and Canada, governments are mainly focused on reducing the so-called ‘digital divide’ by funding network rollout in rural areas

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  • Ericsson in statement issued on Friday revealed that it has signed a deal to introduce 4G mobile broadband technology in India. The company, however did not divulge the name of the customer.
  • With this deal, Ericsson, a leader in mobile broadband space and global advocate of LTE technology will revolutionise India wireless broadband space broadband”, the statement said.
  • It said LTE will be main driver for innovations in years to come enabling the next Google, Facebook or iPhone and opening doors to possibilities in number of new areas like utilities, health, transport and media. Ericsson will hold a press conference on October 11 in New Delhi to give more details about the deal.

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  • A new report, conducted jointly by Ericsson, Arthur D. Little and Chalmers University of Technology in 33 OECD countries, quantifies the isolated impact of broadband speed, showing that doubling the broadband speed for an economy increases GDP by 0.3%.

 

  • A 0.3 percent GDP growth in the OECD region is equivalent to USD 126 billion. This corresponds to more than one seventh of the average annual OECD growth rate in the last decade.

 

  • The study also shows that additional doublings of speed can yield growth in excess of 0.3 percent (e.g. quadrupling of speed equals 0.6 percent GDP growth stimulus). Both broadband availability and speed are strong drivers in an economy. Last year Ericsson and Arthur D. Little concluded that for every 10 percentage point increase in broadband penetration GDP increases by 1 percent.

 

  • This growth stems from a combination of direct, indirect and induced effects. Direct and indirect effects provide a short to medium term stimulus to the economy. The induced effect, which includes the creation of new services and businesses, is the most sustainable dimension and could represent as much as one third of the mentioned GDP growth.

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