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Our Working Groups are beginning a new phase of broadband development research so now is the ideal time for you and your colleagues to get involved.

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Environmental Sustainability

Network Technology

Annual Flagship Research

Generational Roadmap & Demand Side Requirements and Timing
By better understanding the scale, nature and timing of the future demand for services and applications, the first WBBA working group is responsible for the Next Generation Broadband Roadmap.

The next generation of the internet will be highly reliant on advanced broadband network capabilities and those countries that are lagging behind in rollout will find themselves at a disadvantage in comparison with the most advanced countries, which could severely and negatively impact their socioeconomic development.

However, while the evolution to the next generation of broadband networks is complex, the WBBA is providing a long-term vision and actionable framework for all industry stakeholders, to drive the development of converged broadband networks that provide global broadband access and ultra high-quality connectivity for all.

Broadband Advocacy

The WBBA has a working group dedicated to developing and advocating a set of arguments for why it is important and beneficial to invest in broadband development in any given region.

By looking at investment in broadband from several different perspectives, including the point of view of governments, the financial community and operators, the WBBA is able to offer actionable recommendations for these different groups to consider on issues around broadband investment, advocating best practice examples and strategies.

The WBBA is providing the industry with critical strategic leadership by developing a Broadband Investment Strategy Guidebook, leveraging existing best practices and toolkits, and an analysis of the characteristics of the most effective national broadband strategies.

Environmental Sustainability

Embracing sustainability as a core element of corporate strategy offers great potential for the telecom industry, enabling companies to mitigate risks, improve operational efficiencies, enhance their reputation, access capital and drive innovation.

Through its third working group, the WBBA identifies and leads on the role of next generation broadband in a well-defined and operationalized sustainability strategy, including establishing the measures and methods required to help assess and improve network energy efficiency, to support industry stakeholders in aligning with their customers preferences, complying with increased regulatory pressures, and gaining competitive advantage.

Network Technology

The fourth WBBA working group is focused on understanding the landscape of cloud network convergence, assessing and advising on how to achieve “cloud and network as one” and realise congestion-free new transport infrastructure with better network elastic scalability, enhanced intelligence, and true deterministic experience.

The WBBA’s demand analysis shows that by 2025, diversified at-home consumers, enterprises and vertical industries will be demanding a strong end-to-end transport bearer networking foundation with integrated secure devices to the client and automated network openness – by providing a way forward for cloud-based digital transformation, the WBBA is helping to facilitate the success of the digital economy.


Annual Flagship Research
WBBA’s mission to drive social-economic change required a robust understanding of the state, scale and nature of the digital divide.

Addressing the digital divide has never been more important. The broadband-enabled internet has changed the way we work, live, and socialize. In the coming decade, more is expected from the broadband-enabled internet in terms of the value it will uncover and opportunities it will foster. As such, we need to take a more granular view of connectivity by looking at the quality of the experience for both Broadband and Cloud computing.

The Broadband and Cloud Development Index is an index which tracks and benchmarks a country’s development in both broadband and cloud computing networks. 21 countries from five continents, representing over half of the world’s population and over three-quarters of global GDP were part of the research.

The Index and the analysis of its findings will help guide the development and investment direction of broadband and cloud networks in a country.

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