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SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth

SDG 8: "Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all". As the fastest and largest global technology uptake in history, mobile broadband has the potential to positively impact all of the 17 SDGs. While there are considerable challenges to be tackled in achieving this ambitious agenda, the examples of our products, services and solutions demonstrate the role ICT can play in accelerating the achievement of the Global Goals.

ICT's role in reaching this goal

Goal 8 - Decent work and economic growth

ICT has a key role as a source of economic growth, productivity enhancer, job creator and generator of consumer surplus. On average 10% increase in mobile broadband adoption ratio causes 0.6-2.8% increase in economic growth, according to a joint research project with the Imperial College in London. ICT infrastructure is increasingly recognized as a key technology for development and enabling increase efficiency and improvements in areas such as transport, energy, health and education.

"Access to mobile broadband will open these rural communities to previously elusive services such as mobile money, e-health, e-education and e-government, thereby transforming the way people play, learn and do business forever".

– Jerome Albou, Chief Technical and IT Officer, Tigo, Tanzania

ICT solutions making an impact

Rural coverage, Tigo Tanzania

Rural coverage, Tigo Tanzania

This public-private partnership resulted in an infrastructure that connects 13 million rural people. The energy-efficient site solutions reduced TCO by up to 40% for the operator Tigo. 13+ million unconnected people are now able to access the internet via mobile broadband, providing digital inclusion with new services and opportunities.