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Measuring the Information Society 2011

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The 2011 edition of Measuring the Information Society features two benchmarking tools to measure the information society the ICT Development Index (IDI) and the ICT Price Basket (IPB). The IDI captures the level of ICT developments in around 150 economies worldwide and compares progress made during the past two years. The IPB combines fixed telephone, mobile cellular and fixed broadband tariffs for around 160 economies into one measure and compares these across countries and over time. The Report also presents the latest global market trends, takes a closer look at fixed and mobile broadband developments and analyses the digital divide among Internet users. The analytical report is complemented by a series of statistical tables providing country-level data for the indicators included in the two indices.

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The ICT Development Index (IDI)

The ICT Development Index (IDI) is a composite index combining H indicators into one benchmark measure that serves to monitor and compare developments in information and communication technology (ICT) across countries. The IDI was developed by ITU in 2008 and first presented in the 2009 edition of 'Measuring the Information Society (ITU, 2009). It was established in response to ITU Member States’ request to develop a “single index” and publish it regularly. This section briefly describes the main objectives, conceptual framework and methodology of the IDI.

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