Meaningful Connectivity — unlocking the full power of internet access

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4G-like speed

Our internet speeds make or break our online experience. We all know the frustration of a buffering movie or an unstable video call. And without fast speeds, services like telehealth are a non-starter. A 4G mobile connection is the minimum threshold that can give us the speeds we need for the experience we want.

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An appropriate device

To experience the full power of the internet, we need the right device for the task at hand. A smartphone gives us the functionality to create and consume content in a way that basic phones don’t — and the portability to use the internet anywhere. Ideally we will have access to a range of device types.

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Unlimited broadband connection

While some people have unlimited data packages, others experience severe data scarcity, preventing them from doing certain online tasks or forcing them to wait until they can connect to public Wi-Fi. An unlimited broadband connection at home, or place of work or study gives us reliable internet access in our daily lives to use the full breadth of the internet’s potential.

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Daily use

We benefit most from the internet when we can use it regularly. As our societies grow more digital and the internet is integrated into our daily lives, connecting occasionally is not enough. Daily access to the internet is the minimum we need to see real benefits for work, education and communication.

Meaningful Connectivity:

A New Target to Raise the Bar for Internet Access

Meaningful Connectivity Brief English

Meaningful Connectivity Brief Arabic

Policy Guide: Towards Meaningful Connectivity

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4G for Meaningful Connectivity Brief: Colombia (English)

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4G for Meaningful Connectivity Brief: Colombia (Spanish)

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4G for Meaningful Connectivity Brief: Bangladesh

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4G for Meaningful Connectivity Brief: Indonesia

Towards Meaningful Connectivity: Insights from Asia-Pacific Case Studies

Advancing Meaningful Connectivity:

Towards Active and Participatory Digital Societies

​​Advancing Meaningful Connectivity: Executive Summary (English)

Advancing Meaningful Connectivity: Executive Summary (Spanish)

Advancing Meaningful Connectivity: Executive Summary (Portuguese)

Advancing Meaningful Connectivity: Executive Summary (French)

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Meaningful Connectivity: Methodology Guide (English)

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Meaningful Connectivity: Methodology Guide (Spainish)