The Connected Society programme is committed to ensuring that everyone is able to benefit from the transformational potential that mobile internet can deliver. This work is split into two broad areas: driving network coverage – the supply side; and enabling the uptake and usage of mobile internet – the demand side.
Click on the tiles below to learn more about these two areas.
DRIVING NETWORK COVERAGE
Delivering mobile internet connectivity to rural and remote areas is a major challenge. It demands innovation and fundamental changes in ways of working. The Connected Society’s ‘Innovation in Network Coverage’ portal highlights a number of promising technical innovations in this area.
> Visit the Network Coverage Portal
ENABLING MOBILE INTERNET USAGE
Similarly, enabling universal mobile internet adoption and usage requires tackling a number of major barriers. This includes ensuring the affordability of devices and data, providing relevant content and services, and promoting the benefits and possibilities afforded by mobile internet. The Connected Society’s ‘Innovation in Consumer Affordability and Use’ portal sets out several exciting initiatives focusing on some of the above barriers.
> Visit the Consumer Affordability and Use Portal
In addition to these portals, the Connected Society Resource Library explores these two areas in greater detail, including through country and operator case studies, major research projects, and lessons learned. This breadth of work highlights the challenges in connecting the unconnected. However, the benefits of such connectivity – for individuals, organisations, economies and societies – reaffirms the importance of the work of the Connected Society programme.