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Measuring the Information Society 2007

ICT Opportunity Index and World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators

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The publication contains both the 2007 ICT Opportunity Index and the World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators (WTI). The index highlights that while countries have made significant progress since the turn of the century, digital opportunities remain unequally distributed. The ITU’s authoritative World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators (WTI) tables present statistics for year-end 2005. These statistics monitor the main indicators of telephone network growth, mobile communications, internet subscribers and internet users, tariffs, revenues and investment for around 200 economies worldwide. Availability in English only.

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Measuring the information society

The world is increasingly being characterized as a global Information Society, where the importance of extending access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) is considered vital for social development and economic growth. Attainment of internationally agreed developmental goals, including those of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), through access to ICT has been well documented. Several studies have been able to show the positive micro- and macro-economic impact that investment in ICT has, particularly through externalities generated by the productivity effects that the appropriate use of Information and Communication Technology has on the economy.

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