Measuring the Information Society 2009

The ICT Development Index

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The latest edition of Measuring the Information Society features the new ITU ICT Development Index. The Index captures the level of advancement of ICTs in more than 150 countries worldwide and compares progress made between 2002 and 2007. It also measures the global digital divide and examines how it has developed in recent years. The report also features a new ICT Price Basket, which combines fixed, mobile and broadband tariffs for 2008 into one measure and compares it across countries. The analytical report is complemented by a series of statistical tables providing country-level data for all indicators included in the Index.




This Report presented an analysis of recent developments of the information society globally, regionally, and by countries. It has shown that by the end of 2008, the world had reached unprecedented ICT levels: over 4 billion mobile cellular subscriptions, 1.3 billion fixed telephone lines and close to a quarter of the world’s population using the Internet. Despite overall high growth rates, record numbers, and all-high penetration rates, major differences in ICT levels between regions and between the developed and developing economies remain.


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