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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.

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Introduction

As more and more people join the global information society and high-speed communication networks become an indispensable infrastructure, the tracking and measurement of developments in information and communication technologies (ICTs) remain as relevant as ever. According to ITU estimates, there will be 6.8 billion mobile-cellular subscriptions by the end of 2013 – almost as many as there are people on the planet. While the ubiquitous availability of mobile-telephone services is undeniable, with close to 100 per cent of the population covered by a mobile signal, not everyone has a mobile phone. From a measurement point of view, the ongoing challenge thus remains to identify those who are still left without access to ICTs. By end 2013, there will be an estimated 2.7 billion people using the Internet worldwide. In other words, there are still 4.4 billion people who are not yet online. Priority attention needs to be given to the unconnected, and action needs to be taken to improve the accessibility and affordability of broadband Internet services everywhere in order to usher in an inclusive information society.

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