Measuring the Information Society 2013

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The ITU Measuring the Information Society (MIS) Report, which has been published annually since 2009, features two benchmarking tools to measure the information societythe ICT Development Index (IDI) and the ICT Price Basket (IPB). The IDI captures the level of ICT developments in 157 economies worldwide and compares progress made during the last year. The IPB combines the consumer prices for (fixed and mobile) telephone and Internet broadband services for 161 economies into one measure and compares these across countries, and over time.



Measuring the cost and affordability of broadband

Since the first ICT Price Basket (IPB) was published in 2009 (ITU, 2009a), ITU has been presenting the results of the IPB annually with the objective of measuring the cost and affordability of the key ICT services: fixed telephony, mobile cellular (voice and SMS) and fixed broadband. The IPB has proved to be a useful benchmarking tool for the international comparison of ICT prices covering more than 160 countries. In the broader context of ICT developments, the IPB helps in identifying those cases where prices constitute a barrier to ICT uptake, and points to best practices and bottlenecks that have an impact on the cost of ICT services.


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