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ICT's role in reaching this goal

Goal 8 - Decent work and economic growth

ICT's role as a source of economic growth, productivity enhancer, job creator and generator of consumer surplus has been found to be positive in several studies globally and at country level (ITU 2012; Khuoung Vu 2011; McKinsey Global Institute 2011; World Bank 2009; Fornefeld et al 2008). Studies also find that an increase in broadband penetration of 10 percent stimulates economic growth by 0.43-1.38 percent (World Bank 2009). ICT infrastructure is increasingly recognized as a key technology for development overall, with education, health, transport and energy ministries all seeking to increase efficiency and productivity through smarter access to and use of ICT. The Broadband Commission for Digital Development produces an annual State of Broadband Report that highlights many of these benefits.

The World Bank has recorded a massive 20 percent drop in the numbers of unbanked consumers, with the figure of 2.5 billion unbanked being reduced by around 700 million as adults worldwide joined the formal banking system and became account holders between 2011 and 2014. Technology, and in particular mobile money, is seen as playing a pivotal role in expanding access to banking services.

Connecting the unconnected

Girl talking on mobile phone

Due to a lack of 3G and MBB connectivity, there are 13+ M people unconnected in rural areas in Tanzania. A public private partnership between GSMA, the Tanzanian government, Tigo and Ericsson was created for a rural infrastructure sharing project. Ericsson’s new generation radio solution reduced total cost of ownership by up to 40% and enabled a significant portion of the unconnected to access MBB internet as other operators come onboard.

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