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Hi, I'm Sandy Motley, the president of Fixed Networks, and like many of you, I'm thinking of not only the future of our industry, but also of the world in which we live. With the rate of change ever increasing, it's important to take the time to consider the broader implications of our technology and its development and the impacts on society.
We at Nokia believe it's critical to act ethically and to provision sustainability, ensuring our choices are responsible ones. We should put people first. Technology should be used to make life better for everyone around the world. And we should promote equality. The Gigabit Era must deliver equal opportunities for everyone and must provide digital inclusion. We need to preserve and strengthen digital trust. Putting people first means respecting their rights to security and privacy in a world of unprecedented co-creation and sharing of data. And lastly, we must ensure sustainability, that, is minimizing environmental impacts, which requires smarter, more strategic approaches to infrastructure and to services.
In today's world, fixed and mobile are both necessary, and their integration provides a robust solution to bridge the digital divide. And to put people first, I believe we need to mandate broadband as a fundamental right. Broadband has played a vital role during the COVID-19 crisis and will continue to do so after as we move to a low-touch economy. Broadband is our lifeline to the world, keeping us connected to friends, delivering education to our children, and providing access to telemedicine.
“To put people first, I believe we need to mandate broadband as a fundamental right. Broadband has played a vital role during the COVID-19 crisis and will continue to do so after as we move to a low-touch economy.”
But imagine if you didn't have this lifeline. There are almost a billion households around the world without a fixed broadband connection. And on top of that, there are another half a billion with inadequate broadband services. These households are vulnerable both socially and economically. They have reduced access to information, essential services, and connectivity to others. We need to come together to accelerate plans so everyone has access to affordable high-speed broadband internet services, and we need to educate all on the benefits of using the internet and online services.
The path forward is to use multiple technologies to ensure business cases are viable, to use regulation to better support network sharing options, and for government to help create the right framework for affordable access. Ask anyone who has lived or is still living through lockdown to imagine what it would be like without their broadband connection. Ask businesses what would happen if their employees couldn't work from home or if customers couldn't buy online.
“Broadband has given many of us a degree of continuity in our lives. We owe the unconnected and the underserved the same opportunity.“
Broadband has given many of us a degree of continuity in our lives. We owe the unconnected and the underserved the same opportunity. As we expand connectivity, we can see how newer access technologies enable a better world by also connecting everything. We can leverage innovations to improve the human condition, and can use technology to solve societal, economical, and environmental challenges while making our world safer and while creating more business opportunities. So, are you ready to see what the future could be if we work together? Are you ready to join us in building a better world?
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