Prof. Len Waverman at a roundtable discussion of the new broadband study
Originally uploaded by Nokia Siemens Networks
Apologies for the gap in postings since Mobile World Congress. However, we’ve not all taken time out.
This entry is provided by Ruth Lileg who’s been a driving force behind communicating our work on the Connectivity Scorecard and more recently the Broadband study.
On March 4, 2009, we successfully introduced Professor Len Waverman’s new Broadband Study to an audience of industry representatives from Vodafone, BT Openreach, France Telecom/Orange, and GSMA plus the technology correspondent from The Economist and a Principal Analyst from Ovum.
Our messages about the economic benefits that are to be gained from broadband diffusion resonated very well, and we had a lively discussion right from the start. The many questions we got will now help us enhance and finetune our statements around the major finding that broadband deployment may significantly increase national productivity growth (up to 15 percent) if a country’s ICT environment is well developed, i.e. overall ICT assets and skills are high.
As the Broadband Study finds that there is a digital gap between Northern and Southern European countries, we presented a comparison between Sweden and Italy, i.e. how and to what extent these two countries could reap economic benefits from broadband deployment. Our main thesis was that Sweden, as an ICT leader, is in a good position to greatly benefit from broadband, whereas Italy is kept back by its low overall ICT performance. Consequently, some of the discussion focused on Italy’s situation in terms of ICT performance and overall technological development.