Geneva Digital Atlas

Digital Infrastructure

The digital infrastructure, the least eye-catching on the menu, is the most essential. Without it, none of the emerging and disruptive digital technologies can function. The smooth operation of the digital world depends on several layers of infrastructure, the most relevant here being the telecommunication layer that carries all digital traffic on mediums like fibre cables or wireless signals, and the transport layer which enables computers and networks to communicate with each other and exchange data (TCP/IP).

International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU’s) work facilitates the global interconnection and interoperability of telecommunication facilities, such as devices, networks, and services. It’s the reason your phone can connect to WiFi anywhere you go! The Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development involves industry leaders, government representatives, and international experts to advocate for achieving universal and meaningful broadband connectivity by advancing digital infrastructure in underserved areas.