Measuring the Information Society Report 2018

Volume 1

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The 10th edition of the Measuring the Information Society Report, an annual report published by ITU since 2009, features key ICT data and benchmarking tools to measure the information society. The report presents a quantitative analysis of the information society and highlights new and emerging trends and measurement issues. The 2018 report presents the current state of ICTs using data collected by ITU from its Member States. The report also features chapters on ICT skills for the future, revenue and investment in the telecommunication sector and ICT prices.



ICT Price Trends

Affordable access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) has been recognized as a key enabler for ICT development by policy-makers at the national and international level. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted by the United Nations in September 2015, recognizes the immense potential of ICTs to “accelerate human progress” and specifically refers to the need to “significantly increase access to information and communications technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet.” (United Nations, 2015a). This chapter presents the latest ICT price data collected by ITU and analyses the price and affordability of three key ICT services (mobile-cellular, fixed-broadband and mobile-broadband), benchmarking countries and regions, and highlighting key trends over time.


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