World Telecommunication Development Report 2002

Reinventing Telecoms. World Telecommunication Indicators

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This is the sixth edition of ITU’s report on telecommunication trends. This edition has as its theme “Reinventing telecoms”, in line with changes in the market environment. The report was specially prepared for the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-02). In addition to analysis, the latest telecommunication indicators for some 200 economies worldwide are provided.



The new missing link: the digital divide

The idea that access to information opens the door to economic and social development is not new. In 1984, the Commission for Worldwide Telecommunications Development, headed by Sir Donald Maitland, published the Missing Link report. While the Maitland report, as it is known, pointed to the fact that the lack of telecommunication infrastructure in developing countries impeded economic growth, it was mainly concerned with teledensity, that is, access to telephones.


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