NEW DELHI: ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao Tuesday said that creating an environment for investment in digital infrastructure would be important to digitally connect half of the population worldwide with fifth-generation or 5G technology to play a key role.
Zhao was speaking at the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development 2019 Spring Meeting in Menlo Park in the US.
“Creating an attractive environment for investment in digital infrastructure must be one of our top priorities in order to achieve our goal of connecting the remaining half of the global population,” Zhao said.
Further, Zhao said that future networks like 5G and other emerging technologies are set to play a pivotal role in the digital economy, and added that one should ensure that those unconnected individuals can benefit everyone and everywhere.
The forum discussed how collaborative approaches could contribute to faster digital transformation and how investment strategies and people-centric approaches could enable people to get and remain online in an informed, inclusive, secure and sustainable manner.
“There is no valid reason to constrain basic freedoms or limit access to broadband. We simply need the means to enforce our laws and hold individuals accountable for what they do online, just as we do offline,” President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Co-Chair of the Commission said.
There is a need to have a regulatory framework that encourages competition and innovation, generates investment and benefits consumers. It should have stable conditions to give confidence and certainty for investment, Carlos Slim, Co-Chair of the Commission in a message said.