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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.

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Foreword

We are delighted to present this sixth edition of the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) World Telecommunication Development Report. The report has been prepared for the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC), taking place in Istanbul, Turkey from 18 to 27 March 2002. When we held the first WTDC, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1994, there was only one fixed telephone line for every 25 developing country citizens and only around a third of the world had a mobile network or was connected to the Internet. By the time of the WTDC held in Valletta, Malta, in 1998, there was one fixed line for every fifteen citizens, over 90 per cent of the world had a mobile network and some 80 per cent were connected to the Internet. Now, in 2002, there is one fixed telephone line for every ten developing country citizens and almost all countries have mobile and Internet networks. But is this rate of development sufficient in the fast-paced world of today?

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