Information Society Statistical Profiles 2009

Asia and the Pacific

image of Information Society Statistical Profiles 2009

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.



Broadband in Asia and the Pacific: leading or lagging behind?

ITU has highlighted that broadband-based applications have the greatest impact on people, society and businesses. Broadband makes the Internet always available at a fast speed. This has widespread implications. Companies can keep websites up and running 24 hours, seven days a week and can deliver products and services in real time. Individuals enjoy a faster and more pleasant Internet surfing experience and the ability to use bandwidth-intensive applications, such as those related to high quality video and audio streaming. Broadband also enhances a range of socially desirable and valuable online services in areas such as government, education and health.


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