Airband Initiative by Microsoft

Broadband adoption has slowed, and progress is especially elusive in low-income countries and rural areas across the globe. Most of the connected population relies on low speed, basic cellular services and only 14.1 percent of the global population has an in-home internet subscription. Through the Airband Initiative, Microsoft's goal is to extend internet access to 40 million unserved and underserved people. Its efforts will focus on areas with significant underserved populations – initially, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa.  The Airband Initiative is informed by the company's ongoing work in connectivity, experience with partners, and engagement from development finance institutions.