We’ve been working with UNESCAP since 2010 on addressing a key condition for affordable and reliable broadband in Asia. Today, I was impressed by how far UNESCAP has advanced the process.
I am a strong believer in the power of image. They had, together with ITU, commissioned a map of the existing fiber optic cables. This will, after all the necessary approvals have been received (good luck on presenting a map of India that won’t upset somebody!), be released to the public as an interactive document on the web.
In addition, UNESCAP had also commissioned a comprehensive study of nine ASEAN countries plus southern China. Last night I checked the numbers for Philippines against what Telegeography reports. They checked out.
I do not need to persuaded that Asia needs to use its enormous land mass to improve reliability and bring down prices of international backhaul. But for those who do, the work presented today by UNESCAP should prove persuasive.