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Measuring the Information Society 2010

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The 2010 edition of Measuring the Information Society features the latest ITU ICT Development Index (IDI), which captures the level of advancement of ICTs in more than 150 countries worldwide and compares progress made between 2002, 2007 and 2008. It also measures the global digital divide and examines how it has developed in recent years, and it discusses the impact of ICTs on socio-economic development. The report also features the ICT Price Basket, which combines fixed, mobile and broadband tariffs one measure and compares 2008 and 2009 data across countries. The analytical report is complemented by a series of statistical tables providing country-level data for the indicators included in the IDI and Price Basket.

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Executive Summary

Despite the recent economic downturn, the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services, such as mobile phones and the Internet, continues to grow worldwide. By the end of 2009, there were an estimated 4.6 billion mobile cellular subscriptions, corresponding to 67 per 100 inhabitants globally. Last year, mobile cellular penetration in developing countries passed the 50 per cent mark reaching an estimated 57 per 100 inhabitants at the end of 2009. Even though this remains well below the average in developed countries, where penetration exceeds 100 per cent, the rate of progress remains remarkable. Indeed, mobile cellular penetration in developing countries has more than doubled since 2005, when it stood at only 23 per cent.

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