This annual report offers a wealth of information on the worldwide development of broadband and the emergence of trans-sector strategies. Unique case studies of broadband development in the key markets are provided, including a focus on Australia where an innovative roll-out of a National Broadband Network is underway. Smart cities and communities are also discussed in this report and supported by examples from around the world. The concept of Open Access networks is explored as it is a key element to successful trans-sector initiatives.
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Researchers :- Kylie Wansink, Paul Budde, Lawrence Baker, Lucia Bibolini, Peter Evans, Lisa Hulme-Jones, Paul Kwon, Henry Lancaster, Peter Lange, Tine Lewis, Stephen McNamara.
Current publication date:- June 2010 (7th Edition)
Next publication date:- June 2011
All around the world there is a great deal of dissatisfaction regarding healthcare, education, energy and many other services provided by governments; over the last 10-15 years the quality of these services has deteriorated sharply. Some governments are now acknowledging that it is time for a new approach and are looking at the potential synergies between the building of roads, sewerage systems, water and gas pipe networks, as well as telecoms and electricity networks.
If we want to move forward we will have to at least partly dismantle the current system based on a silo structure and begin looking for cross-sector points that will help us create a new arrangement. Many new opportunities will arise if we can create a system based on synergy.
While in the developed markets, Fibre-to-the-Home will be the leading infrastructure force behind this economic and social transformation; mobile broadband will deliver these changes in the developing world. Nobody needs to miss out on these benefits as long as governments take a leadership role both in developing infrastructure and trans-sector policies.
FttH infrastructure investments (telecoms and smart grids) should be deployed in such a way as to create a social and economic multiplier effect for a whole range of sectors that use it independently of each other, including healthcare, education, energy, water, transport and community services, as well as for entertainment and high-speed Internet access.
These broadband networks must be based on a national vision and in this regard, Australia has become a great example for other countries. It was the first country in the world to implement such a vision; thanks to the government leadership supporting the roll-out of a National Broadband Network (NBN). The USA soon followed and is now showing real leadership as well, along with a few other countries around the world.
A key element of a trans-sector initiative is incorporating Open Access principles. Open networks will result in a far more effective and efficient use of other infrastructure and are the next step in the evolution of telecom infrastructure. Open networks provide users with full control of the services and applications that can be made available over high-speed broadband infrastructure.
Open networks also means a democratisation of the telecom infrastructure. Most of the current limitations (bundled products and services, portals, high access charges, net neutrality issues) are artificial because of the vertically-integrated nature of the closed network operators. Open networks will give the control and innovation capabilities back to the users and will put an end to the net neutrality debate.
The outcome of trans-sector thinking should be a tangible improvement to the lifestyle of the global population. One only has to look at the transforming nature of mobile comms in developing countries – within five years comms penetration in many of these countries went from under 10% to close to 80%. It is transforming these societies, not just in relation to communications, but around access to micro-credits, m-payments and Internet access in general. Healthcare and education will not be far behind.
Smart communities based on intelligent infrastructure and a holistic approach are beginning to emerge around the world and there are now many examples of new initiatives addressing environmental issues; e-health delivery; e-education; e-government and digital media and Internet services.
This report provides valuable insights and analysis into the key trends taking place in terms of broadband development and trans-sector initiatives. The report includes an introduction to the concept of trans-sector strategy and further explores its importance when developing fast broadband networks. The report also discusses Open Networks which are a key element of a trans-sector vision. The report provides insight into the development of a National Broadband Network, using Australia as a key example. Many other countries around the world are also developing broadband initiatives and the report includes unique case studies to demonstrate this. The report also examines the key elements of smart communities and provides examples of some of the interesting developments taking place around the world.
Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.
Number of pages 174
Last updated 16 Jun 2010
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