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World Telecommunication Development Report 2006

Measuring ICT for Social and Economic Development

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This is the eighth edition of ITU's World Telecommunication/ICT Development Report. The 2006 edition's theme is "Measuring ICT for social and economic development" and was specifically prepared for the World Telecommunication Development Conference in March 2006. Besides looking at the progress made in measuring the impact of ICT on social and economic development, the report provides the latest telecommunication/ICT indicators for some 180 economies wordwide.

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The indirect economic impact of ICTs

The growth of the ICT sector is having a real and positive effect on the world’s economy. The extent of the direct impact of the ICT sector will depend on the sector’s share and proportional growth in the overall economy. With the exception of major ICT producing countries, such as the US, China, and the Republic of Korea, the growth of the ICT production and services industry is likely to have a limited direct impact on the economy. Instead, the key economic impact of the spread and use of ICTs is indirect, by transforming the way individuals, businesses and other parts of the society work, buy and interact. The beneficial impact of ICTs on productivity – which can help reduce poverty – is of particular interest as ICT diffusion levels across all countries rise.

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