Global - Reference - Broadband - An Overview


Archived report. This report was archived in 2005 and has not been updated. The inevitable move towards broadband is progressing slowly in most countries due to resistance by the incumbent telcos and the lack of a marketing approach by them. This report describes the background of the information superhighway and its development into broadband. It discusses the present problems being confronted in that development, and possible ways of overcoming them. It also discusses the findings of various surveys relating to consumer needs and expectations.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Related reports
  • 3. Definitions
  • 4. What is broadband and why is it needed?
  • 5. Thirty years in the making
    • 5.1 Early developments dating back to 1970s and 1980s
    • 5.2 The 1994 debacles
    • 5.3 Internet: missing link in the information highway
    • 5.4 Ericsson study – November 2004
  • 6. International initiatives
    • 6.1 Government initiatives during the 1990s
    • 6.2 Broadband tool for economic and social development
    • 6.3 EC calls for accelerated broadband deployment
    • 6.4 OECD policy on maximising broadband Internet
  • 7. Broadband – glimpses of the next stage
  • 8. Policies and principles
  • 9. Broadband services
    • 9.1 Evolution not revolution
    • 9.2 Broadband uncertainties
    • Exhibit 1 – Information highway in 1858
    • Exhibit 2 – Superhighway principles
    • Exhibit 3 – Evolutionary developments

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Number of pages 9

Status Archived

Last updated 7 Jan 2005
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Analyst: Kylie Wansink

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