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New ITU report shows global uptake of ICTs increasing, prices falling

Prices for information and communication technology (ICT) services are falling worldwide, yet broadband Intern...


February 24, 2010  


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Prices for information and communication technology (ICT) services are falling worldwide, yet broadband Internet remains outside the reach of many in poor countries, according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)  in its Measuring the Information Society 2010 report released this week.

 

The report features the latest ICT Development Index (IDI), which ranks 159 countries according to their ICT level and compares 2007 and 2008 scores.

 

“The report confirms that despite the recent economic downturn, the use of ICT services has continued to grow worldwide,” says Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau.

 

All 159 countries included in the IDI have improved their ICT levels, and mobile cellular technology continues to be a key driver of growth.