Information Society Statistical Profiles 2009

CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States)

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This report highlights the latest ICT developments in the CIS region and presents key statistical indicators for each country. The report also 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 CIS region is characterized by large disparities in terms of income levels, geography and size of economies. Russia is not only the largest economy in the region, but also the most advanced when it comes to ICT developments, driven by a strong and growing telecommunication market. Both Russia and Ukraine have impressive mobile penetration levels, high Internet growth rates and a dynamic ICT sector. While the region as a whole has experienced steady ICT development during the past decade, low-income countries, such as Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, are still characterized by limited ICT penetration and moderate ICT growth.



A closer look at the development of broadband

As shown in the previous chapter, by the end of 2008, the CIS region had reached 4.6 per cent fixed broadband penetration and 0.9 percent mobile broadband penetration. The region thus has a long way to go to bridge the broadband divide and to catch up with neighbouring Europe, where both fixed and mobile penetration levels stand at over 20 per cent.


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