Information Society Statistical Profiles 2009

Asia and the Pacific

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This report is the first of a series of regional statistical profiles on the information society prepared by ITU in 2009, as an input to the six regional preparatory meetings (RPMs) for the ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference 2010 (WTDC-10). These developments were examined in detail in the 2008 ITU Asia-Pacific Telecommunication/ ICT Indicators Report, on which Chapter 2 of this report is based. It highlights some of the earlier key findings and provides the latest updates and figures.




In the last decade, the Asia and the Pacific region has emerged as a world leader in several key ICT indicators. Among all regions in the world, Asia and the Pacific today is the region with the highest share of fixed telephone lines, mobile cellular subscriptions, Internet users, and fixed and mobile broadband subscriptions. At the end of 2007, the region accounted for 1.4 billion mobile cellular subscriptions, nearly 600 million fixed telephone lines, and more than 500 million Internet users. The large absolute numbers correspond to the large share of the world population the region accounts for.


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