A few words from Albert Szulman, Be-Bound’s CEO.
In the human brain, there are neurons and synapses that circulate information, all enabled by a fast and fluid connection. Successful circulation and exchanges mean that the brain is functioning at full capacity.
But when the capacity of this circulation diminishes due to deterioration or death of a neuron or synapse, an entire region can be slowed, ultimately reducing the full potential of the brain. The same phenomenon can be observed on a planetary level, where the world is one gigantic brain in which mobile phones and Internet are the neurons and synapses, and the networks for Internet and mobile phones are what enable the electrical pulses.
Seen from this angle, it’s easy to understand how when one region of the world is deprived, it has little chance to develop, and is excluded from the larger global dynamic. Further, the world as a whole suffers both directly and indirectly. Our world today is a brain working at reduced capacity.
Connectivity, an indicator of a country’s development
To measure a country’s level of development, there are several indicators: the GDP, the HDI, and the GNP are among those most widely cited. Meanwhile, a country’s connectivity can be considered another indication of a country’s relative progress. A certain level of infrastructure must be in place in order for a country to provide internet connection or a mobile network to its population.
However, due to cost and size, not every type of infrastructure is accessible to every country in the world. A country’s internet penetration and quality of connection or lack thereof, are indicative of its level of development.
As proof, the 3 most developed regions of the world are, regardless of the analysis used (GDP, HID or GNP), North America (with the United States and Canada), Western Europe, and East Asia (with Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore). These countries alone make up 65% of the global GDP, 70% of GNP and have an average HID of 0,756. In parallel, it’s these countries that have the highest Internet penetration: North America with 87.9%, and Europe with 73.5%.
Meanwhile, the least developed countries are found mostly in Africa and Central Asia. Their HID is less than 0,470 and they have the weakest GNP with 40% of the population living on less than $2 per day. In terms of connectivity, in Asia, Internet penetration falls to 38%. Africa is in last place with a penetration of 27%. Chad, Burkina Faso and Ethiopia are three of the poorest countries in the world, and it’s no coincidence that they likewise, have the lowest levels of Internet penetration.
The fact is unquestionable: a developed country has a better level of connectivity than a less advanced country. There is a definitive link between the presence and quality of network and a country’s development, something which is perfectly logical, given that channels of communication are what gave rise to our economies to begin with. Communication channels started with the use of the rivers, then the roads, the telegraph, the telephone, and finally today, we have the mobile Internet.
Why concentrate on connectivity to develop countries?
It is undeniable that internet and mobile phones have quickly become two essential tools in our professional and personal lives. Since their deployment, globalization has shifted 180 degrees. Today, all information is exchanged more quickly and communicated more easily, thanks to these means. Real globalization would be impossible without them.
This is evident when we see that it’s the developed countries that are providing network access to 82% of their population, that are the superpowers of the world when it comes to globalization. This proportion falls to 35% in emerging countries, down to just 17% of the population in South Asia. These are the regions that are relatively on the margins of globalization and on the peripheries of the main exchange channels.
Veritable connectivity deserts, these regions de facto slow the global dynamic. This would probably have no consequence if we could realistically say they were countries with nothing to offer. But they are overflowing with potential and possibilities for development. China’s rapid rise on the international scene a few years ago is testimony to this claim.
The great powers, though already strongly present on the grand stage, cannot carry the weight of globalization on their own shoulders. Going it alone, they will suffocate. And that may be what is happening today.
It is therefore essential to connect the entire world, without exception. Connecting the countries across the world, will enable their faster development, and thus bring them to the world’s stage. These actors will give new life to the global dynamic, which can only be for the good of all!
The outlook is not gloom and doom, and this despite the great disparities between developed countries and those that are less advanced. This latter category of countries should be seen as the new terrain on the playing field of limitless possibilities. We simply need to take the first step, to engage ourselves, and to believe…These countries of incredible promise are opening their doors so that the rest of the world can join in their process of modernization rather than just profiting from afar. And in this sense, connecting the world can quickly become a reality, and beneficial to all. There’s no time to waste, let’s connect the world!