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.




Even though economic recovery is now well under way, the recent global economic and financial crisis has not spared the ICT industry. The production of IT-related equipment has experienced reduced demand and investments. There has also been some evidence of reduced investments in planned network upgrades, and the roll-out of next generation networks (NGNs) has been delayed or abandoned as a result of financial constraints. At the same time, the industry has benefited from a series of stimulus packages introduced in several major economies – particularly OECD member countries - in response to the crisis, which included the telecommunication sector. Important government-led investments in broadband infrastructure are seen as a means to offset the negative effects of the crisis, and enhance further growth prospects, based on the recognition that ICTs are key enablers for overall economic and socio-economic development, stimulating innovation, and creating new jobs.


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