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Bridging the Digital Divide: ‘10% increase in global connectivity produces 5% human happiness’

By Emmanuel Elebeke

World Happiness Report 2016 and a recently released Huawei GCI Whitepaper 2016 says a 10 per cent increase in the global connectivity index (GCI) will produce a 5 per cent growth of Human Happiness  Index (HHI).

The report said that an increasing number of governments approved broadband access as the fourth utility after water, heating, and electricity facilities and defined broadband access, remains a basic human right.

The World Bank had earlier stated that a 10 per cent increase in broadband penetration can translate into an average growth of 1. Per cent gross domestic product (GDP) and 3 per cent in new job creation. It maintained that every national broadband service can reflect a country’s fundamental economic competitiveness to a certain extent.

The report indicated that as the digital economy thrives, family lives have manifested as a primary focus for the adoption of digital technologies.

However, it noted that more than half of 1.9 billion global households do not enjoy broadband due to lack of access.

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) said, it has a plan to connect 430 million households worldwide by 2020, but pointed out that 1.1 billion households worldwide cannot connect to the internet, among which 800 million are in emerging markets.

Huawei had two years ago released wireless to the (WTTx), a comprehensive wireless home broadband (HBB) solution. This solution allows additional households to quickly enjoy broadband access and has strengthened the involvement of digital applications as an integral and reliant component of our daily lives.

WTTx features easy implementation, excellent cost efficiency, and has quickly gained huge popularity among global telecom operators as a preferred choice to provide broadband services for more than 30 million households worldwide.

Huawei WTTx is a wireless solution which involves the incorporation of 4G, 4.5G, and 5G technologies, aiming to deliver cost-effective fiber-like broadband access to unconnected households in emerging markets.

By leveraging existing cellular networks and site architecture, WTTx resolves the last mile access issues encountered using traditional fixed-line broadband solutions in both densely populated urban centers (WTTx high capacity solution), and sparsely populated rural areas.

From the perspective of communication, users subscribe to broadband internet access by three methods: fixed broadband (FBB), wireless broadband (WBB) (WTTx is a Huawei WBB solution), and mobile broadband (MBB).

Huawei said it is focused on meeting the ITU’s Connect 2020 target of ensuring 50 per cent of households in the developing world are able to access the internet by 2020.

On an international scale, Huawei indicated that it has signed over 100 commercial WTTx agreements with telco and mobile operators. WTTx is currently live in over 30 countries serving more than 30 million households, and small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) across APAC and Africa and developed areas such as Europe and North America.


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