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.



Foreword and Acknowledgements

I am pleased to present the 2011 edition of 'Measuring the Information Society. Each year, this publication features the latest ICT Development lndex (IDI) and ICT Price Basket (IPB) — two benchmarking tools to monitor information society developments worldwide. While the IDI captures progress made in regard to ICT infrastructure, use and skills, the IPB is a powerful tool in monitoring the affordability of ICT services and in explaining why some countries have moved faster than others in their ICT development. The report also takes an in-depth look at broadband development and presents new data on subscriptions, speed and bandwidth. An analysis of Internet user statistics reveals some of the key challenges and opportunities that need to be addressed to bring more people online in developing countries.


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