It is no secret that mobile phones are conquering the world. With more than 6.8 billion mobile subscriptions worldwide, the current and future impact of mobile phones is staggering. And although mobiles are linking voices from the farthest corners of our planet, only a fraction of those devices have Internet connections. Research shows that mobile broadband has the strongest potential to increase economic growth and create more inclusive societies. So how can we help more people connect to the mobile Internet?
When we talk about technology-enabled learning, most people probably think of online classes, which have had mixed results so far. But with connection speeds going up, and equipment costs going down, we can go beyond online classes to create widely accessible immersive, interactive, real-time learning experiences. Soon, time and distance will no longer limit access to an engaging, high quality education. Anywhere there is sufficient bandwidth, a student can attend lectures, ask questions, and participate in real-time discussions with other students.
Two Asian nations -- Korea and Singapore -- have managed to leapfrog multiple stages of economic development and have transformed into economic miracles. This comes as no accident, in part, because both have taken a planned approach to technological development, starting with national broadband plans, which has led to increased broadband adoption, and successive waves of economic growth.