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Information Society Statistical Profiles 2009

Africa

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This report highlights the latest ICT developments in the region and includes key statistical information for every country. It features a regional analysis of the ITU ICT Development Index (IDI) and the ICT Price Basket, two ICT benchmarking tools that were launched in March 2009. The report points to key policy issues in the region and provides concrete recommendations for policy makers. African countries are facing a number of challenges in increasing ICT levels. They include the lack of full liberalization of markets and the limited availability of infrastructure, such as shortage of international Internet bandwidth. In addition, prices for ICT services remain very high compared to income levels and broadband Internet services are out of the reach of most Africans.

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Foreword and Acknowledgements

This report is the second in a series of regional statistical profiles on the information society being prepared by ITU in 2009, as input to the Regional Preparatory Meetings (RPMs) for the ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference 2010 (WTDC-10). The second RPM – for the African Region – takes place on 13-15 July 2009 and is hosted by the Government of Uganda.

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