Document: Measuring the Information Society ITU 2012 Report

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The report presents the ICT Development Index (IDI), which ranks countries’ performance with regard to ICT infrastructure and uptake, and the ICT Price Basket (IPB), a unique metric that tracks and compares the cost and affordability of ICT services. This edition also features new data series and analyses concerning revenue and investment in the ICT sector, and proposes a new methodology using non-conventional data, to measure the world’s
telecommunication capacity.
The past year has seen continued and almost universal growth in ICT uptake. Much of this enhanced connectivity is due to the rapid uptake – a 40 per cent rise in 2011 – of mobile-broadband subscriptions, to the point where there are now twice as many mobile-broadband as fixed-broadband subscriptions. The surge in numbers of mobile-broadband subscriptions in developing countries has brought the Internet to a multitude of new users. The report nevertheless notes that the prices for ICT services remain very high in many low-income countries. For mobile broadband to replicate the mobile-cellular miracle, 3G network coverage has to be extended, and prices have to go down further.

Table of Contents

Foreword.................................................................................................................................................................................................................iii
Acknowledgements.............................................................................................................................................................................................v
Table of contents................................................................................................................................................................................................ vii
Chapter 1. Introduction.......................................................................................................................................................................................1
Chapter 2. The ICT Development Index (IDI)............................................................................................................................................15
2.1 Introduction to the IDI...................................................................................................................................................................................................... 15
2.2 Global IDI analysis................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 19
2.3 The digital divide and the least connected countries (LCCs)................................................................................................................... 32
2.4 IDI breakdown by sub-indices..................................................................................................................................................................................... 37
2.5 Regional IDI analysis........................................................................................................................................................................................................... 45
Chapter 3. The ICT Price Basket (IPB)...........................................................................................................................................................65
3.1 Introduction............................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 65
3.2 ICT Price Basket methodology.................................................................................................................................................................................... 66
3.3 ICT Price Basket and sub-basket results and analysis.................................................................................................................................... 71
3.4 Regional analysis of the ICT Price Basket and sub-baskets ...................................................................................................................... 90
3.5 Towards a mobile-broadband price basket: Preliminary findings and analysis......................................................................... 108
Chapter 4. Revenue and investment in telecommunications .........................................................................................................127
4.1 Introduction......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 127
4.2 Role of the ICT sector in the economy................................................................................................................................................................ 128
4.3 The telecommunication market.............................................................................................................................................................................. 133
4.4 Investment in the telecommunication sector................................................................................................................................................ 144
4.5 Conclusions.......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 161
Chapter 5. Measuring communication capacity in bits and bytes.................................................................................................167
5.1 Assessing global communication capacity...................................................................................................................................................... 167
5.2 Methodology for measuring communication capacity........................................................................................................................... 168
5.3 Broadcasting and telecommunications: How do they compare in terms of effectively used capacity?.................. 170
5.4 Subscriptions and subscribed capacity in telecommunications........................................................................................................ 172
5.5 Comparative analysis of subscriptions, subscribed capacity, population and gross national income....................... 177
5.6 Conclusions and policy recommendations..................................................................................................................................................... 181

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