As we honor World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD), let's reflect and ask ourselves in this digital age about a day without our gadgets. What would we do? How would we be entertained? How can society communicate and progress? World Telecommunication Day has been celebrated annually every May 17 since 1969. Together we celebrate the evolution of Telecommunication. May 17 marks the anniversary of the founding of the International Telecommunication Union. On May 17, 1865, the first International Telegraph Convention was signed in Paris.
What is the purpose of WTISD? The purpose of World Telecommunication Day and Information Society Day is to raise awareness of what the Internet and other communication technologies can bring to societies and economies, as well as ways to bridge the digital divide.
According to the United Nations, over the past decade, the connectivity challenge has become more complicated and demanding. It is not enough to bring the population online. Meaningful connectivity – the possibility to enjoy a productive, safe, satisfying, enriching, and affordable online experience is crucial. For least-developed countries (LDCs), this remains a major challenge. The digital divide between LDCs and the rest of the world shows little sign of narrowing. The risk is all too evident. As the world becomes increasingly adept at leveraging the Internet for value creation, LDCs risk falling further behind. UN also added, in 2022, an estimated 407 million people in the least developed countries (LDCs) were using the Internet, accounting for 36 percent of the population, compared to 66 percent globally. The 720 million people still offline in LDCs account for 27 percent of the global offline population, even though the LDC population accounts for only 14 percent of the world’s population.
Zyxel helps to resolve the connectivity challenge. The Zyxel LTE Series indoor and outdoor CPE enables service providers to deploy wireless broadband internet connectivity in rural and remote areas where the deployment of DSL, cable, and fiber is cost prohibitive. The Zyxel LTE Series products support both bridge and router functions to maximize flexibility in deployment and incorporate high-gain antennas for better signal performance in different deployment scenarios.
Zyxel’s family of LTE products include support for the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) bands. The Outdoor Router, LTE7461, combines LTE network technology and high-gain antennas to provide lightning-fast Internet connectivity to hard-to-reach customers. Zyxel’s products also provide support for the new Sub-6GHz 5G Radio, for both indoor and outdoor, which deliver greater performance, spectrum efficiency, and latency compared to current LTE standards.
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