As stakeholders invest in a global digital transformation, connectivity and its supporting infrastructure must scale up to meet requirements of current and future innovations. Assessing the state of broadband infrastructure, the rails that enable the digital future, becomes an increasingly critical task.
There are many issues with the reality of today's ICT investment. One is repeated coverage in populous and high-income areas, while rural and poor areas continue to be under-connected or unserved. Another is the planning of well-intentioned development initiatives reliant on connectivity (e.g., eHealth, eGovernment), without a fundamental understanding of the requirements.
With a holistic view of connectivity, investors of all stripes are better equipped to consider a mix of initiatives to optimize costs and risk, potentially varying across markets or network layers, or involving collaboration among key players to drive down upfront costs.