Broadband's Role Moves Up In Post-2015 Sustainable Development

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Sept. 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
  * Broadband Commission issuing new reports to be recognized by the United    Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the post-2015 development process  * Task force report says that over the next 15 years, broadband's contribution    to sustainable development will only increase in pace with its growth    globally  * New research shows how countries around the world use their national    broadband plans as key policy instruments to leverage the full potential of    broadband as an enabling infrastructure  * Ten recommendations offered to meet sustainable development goals post 2015The Broadband Commission for Digital Development, a joint initiative of theInternational Telecommunication Union (ITU) and UNESCO, has issued a new reportlooking at several aspects of broadband and its positive effects on people,environment and society. The task force which delivered the report was led byHans Vestberg, President and CEO of Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC).The report, entitled: "Transformational solutions for 2015 and Beyond: thereport of the Broadband Commission Task force on Sustainable Development"analyzes national broadband plans for 138 countries and identifies bestgovernment practices, urges governments to act now and to include broadband intheir national development agenda. It also makes a number of supportingrecommendations.The report is to be recognized by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. Hans Vestberg says: "As the post-2015 sustainable development agendaprocess evolved, we felt an urgent need to see action. We see so manyopportunities for broadband to transform all aspects of society.  Technologyevolves faster than policy, and we wanted to make a concerted effort to doeverything we could to raise awareness of the potential."Dr. Hamadoun Touré, Secretary General of the ITU, says: "Through this work theBroadband Commission would like to encourage the international community torecognize the need for transformative solutions in the post-2015 developmentagenda; and this report makes the case. The report presents for the first timenew research showing how countries around the world use their national broadbandplans as key policy instruments to leverage the full potential of broadband asan enabling infrastructure to accelerate sustainable development; yet there arealso many missed opportunities, not least within poverty reduction and foodsecurity."Among the ten recommendations are "make broadband affordable for all," and"deploy national development policies and plans to actively drive cross-sectorintegration of economic and social outcomes deliverable and scalable through ICTand broadband."Best practices are highlighted from five countries - Japan, Mexico, thePhilippines Rwanda, and Sweden -- that have successfully integrated a wide rangeof development goals into their national broadband plans. The task force creditsa spirit of collaborating across all sectors of governments and including theprivate sector to realize shared aims.The full report is available at On September21-22, the commissioners will hold roundtables and feature guest speakers onthese topics in the New York area and at the Social Good Summit at the 92Y.Follow Ericsson during the week at @ericssonsustain on Twitter andtechnologyforgood on Facebook, as well as on Google+ and LinkedIn.NOTES TO EDITORSwww.broadbandcommission.org high-resolution photos and broadcast-quality video is a world-leading provider of communications technology and services.We are enabling the Networked Society with efficient real-time solutions thatallow us all to study, work and live our lives more freely, in sustainablesocieties around the world.Our offering comprises services, software and infrastructure within Informationand Communications Technology for telecom operators and other industries. Today40 percent of the world's mobile traffic goes through Ericsson networks and wesupport customers' networks servicing more than 2.5 billion subscriptions.We are more than 110,000 people working with customers in more than 180countries. Founded in 1876, Ericsson is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. In2012 the company's net sales were SEK 227.8 billion (USD 33.8 billion). Ericssonis listed on NASDAQ OMX, Stockholm and NASDAQ, New York stock FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACTEricsson Corporate CommunicationsPhone: +46 10 719 69 92E-mail: media.relations@ericsson.comEricsson Investor RelationsPhone: +46 10 719 00 00E-mail: Broadband's role moves up in post-2015 sustainable development:[HUG#1730606]