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The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has called for broadband speeds of 20Mb to be available worldwide by the end of the decade.

Dr Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General of the ITU, believes high-speed broadband should be universally available at an affordable price-point by 2020.

He has set a new goal for everyone in the world to have access to a 20Mb connection for $20 per month - or £13.25 in sterling, reports ISPreview.co.uk.

Dr Touré told the 7th Meeting of the Broadband Commission that he would like to "dream big" by setting an ambitious target for broadband coverage.

At present, the United Nations Digital Broadband Development Targets for 2015 include the provision of entry-level broadband services around the world, with 40 per cent of households in developing countries having internet access.

"By 2015, internet user penetration should reach 60 per cent worldwide, 50 per cent in developing countries and 15 per cent in Least Developed Countries," the UN proposes.

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