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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.

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Introduction

During the past year, information and communication technologies (ICTs) continued to spread throughout the world, and more and more people have access to the Internet and its wealth of information and applications. Access to the Internet via mobile cellular networks has grown rapidly with the increasing availability of IMT- 2000/3G networks and enabled devices, including mobile handsets and data cards that allow users to access the Internet over the mobile cellular network using their computers. Internet access speeds are also increasing, with fixed broadband replacing dial-up in most developed countries, accompanied by a decline in tariffs.

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