(23 Mar 2021)
Rajeev Suri, CEO of Inmarsat, has been reappointed as
a Commissioner to the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable
Founded in 2010 by the International
Telecommunication Union (ITU) and UNESCO, the commission was
established to bring the goal of universal broadband connectivity
to the forefront of policy discussions.
The commission examines and advises on what steps
need to be taken to shore-up digital networks, strengthen capacity
at critical connectivity points like hospitals and transport hubs,
and boost digital access and inclusivity.
Rajeev was first appointed to the Broadband
Commission in 2016. During his time in the role, he has co-chaired
the Digitalisation Scorecard group and also the Digital Health
group. With his reappointment, Rajeev will continue to focus on ways
to improve connectivity globally, especially in more remote and
underserved areas, as well as through the use of technologies
including satellite communications, which can help deliver
services to these hard-to-reach locations.
Rajeev said, “COVID19 has highlighted the need for
resilient connectivity and affordable access, wherever you live
and work. We urgently need to extend broadband into every rural
area, every underserved community and every global trade route.
Digital inequality has to be addressed and that includes using
satellite communications to overcome it. Inmarsat has been
connecting people for 40 years and I hope our work, alongside
others on the Broadband Commission can help tackle this
The UN Broadband Commission’s Annual Spring
Meeting was held on 22 March and focused on building an inclusive
post-COVID digital future. It also considered the challenges of
increasing connectivity and tackling digital inequality given that
49% of the world’s population is still unconnected.
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