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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.

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Conclusions and recommendations

Over the past decade, key ICT services and uptake have increased throughout the CIS region. Between 2003 and 2008, the number of fixed telephone lines, Internet users and mobile cellular subscriptions has grown twice as fast annually as in the world. Contrary to Europe and the Americas region, the number of fixed telephone lines in the CIS continues to grow. Nevertheless, there is a clear shift from fixed to mobile telephony in the region, with mobile cellular subscriptions surpassing fixed lines in 2003, and between 2003 and 2008, the number of mobile cellular subscriptions increased more than six times. At the end of 2008, the CIS region stands out for having the second highest mobile cellular penetration rate in the word. At 113 per cent, the CIS average lies just behind Europe (116 per cent) but ahead of every other region, as well as ahead of the developing world average.

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