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1 ITU World Telecommunication Development Report Access Indicators for the Information Society Press Briefing UN, Geneva 4 December 2003

2 What the report is A practical toolkit with dozens of definitions and examples of indicators & surveys used to measure access to ICTs that governments can use to improve their statistical practices. A 100-page statistical annex covering a range of data for 182 countries in 20 statistical tables is also included. These World Telecommunication Indicators include data such as the number of telephone subscribers, television households and Internet users.

3 Why measure access? We, the representatives of the peoples of the world declare our common desire and commitment to build a people-centered, inclusive Information Society, where everyone can create, access, utilize and share information and knowledge, enabling individuals, communities and peoples to achieve their full potential and improving their quality of life World Summit on the Information Society, Declaration of Principles, Draft of 14 November 2003

4 Contents 1. Accessing the Information Society 2. Measuring Access to ICTs 3. ICTs in Business, School & Government 4. ICTs and the Millennium Development Goals 5. The Digital Access Index 6. Conclusions World Telecommunication Indicators

5 The digital divide & the statistical divide Low Income Upper Middle Lower Middle High Income Low income Upper Middle Lower Middle High Income 100% 80% 16% 70% 100% 80% 23% 60% 60% 60% 40% 40% 20% 40% 20% 33% 0% Population 5% Internet users 0% Countries 0% Internet survey

6 Over-surveyed Internet user surveys in Europe Spain Denmark EU Spain 20 Greece 10 Nielsen SIBIS Gallup TNS AUI INE 0 NSO Gallup Internet users as % of 14/15/16+ population, 2002

7 The shrinking digital divide? Internet users per 100 inhabitants Peru, Thailand, Estimate Survey Estimate Survey Mexico, Jamaica, Estimate Survey Estimate Survey

8 Age and access device Internet users per 100 inhabitants, 2002 Iceland Iceland 64.9 Sweden Sweden 57.3 Denmark USA 55.2 Singapore Korea(Rep.) 55.2 Canada Japan 44.9 Finland 16+ Neth Canada Denmark Only from mobiles Norway Finland 50.8 USA Netherlands 50.6 Korea (Rep.) Singapore 50.4

9 Mexico: Internet subscription, possession, use and access, Subscribers per 100 inhabitants 6.2 Availability in household (%) 9.9 Users per 100 inhabitants 68.5 Population covered (%)

10 Ethiopia: telephone penetration and use Telephone penetration Use telephone

11 South Africa mobile Percentage of population covered by mobile cellular service Mobile subscribers per 100 inhabitants

12 Electricity Percentage of households in Africa with electricity, radio, TV R 2 = 0.92 Electricity Radio TV TV Electricity Ghana Senegal Namibia Mozambique

13 Sector Business School Government Small Medium Large European Internet access in Union Chilean firms, '02, % Chile Estonia Switzerland Chile Mauritius Turkey Malaysia Cape Verde Mongolia Ethiopia Malawi Finland Canada Slovenia 41 Estonia 34 HK, China Secondary schools Macao, China with Internet access Peru %, 2002 Malawi Gov't employees with Internet access, %, 2002

14 Information & Communication Technology & Millennium Development Goals MDGs ICTs

15 MDG Goal 8: Develop a global partnership for development Target 18 In cooperation with the private sector make available the benefits of new technologies, specifically information and communications.

16 A decade of ICT progress Total telephone subscribers per 100 inhabitants, developing regions Europe & Latin C. Asia America East Asia MENA Caribbean Sub- Saharan Africa Pacific South Asia Note: Developed countries are excluded. For definitions of regions, see:

17 Macro-economic impact of ICTs: Japan 8.6% 10.9% 9.3% 10.0% 11.8% 11.2% 12.6% Electric machinery Construction Iron & steel Transportation 0.02% 0.31% 0.83% ICT 0.03% Share of ICT sector in GDP % -0.24% -0.06% -0.06% Wholesale Retail Overall Contribution to economic growth, 2001 ICT annual growth : 9.3% (Overall economy only 1.2%) ICT jobs: 3.8 million (7.1% of all workers, 3 rd largest employer) 1.5 million jobs created US$ 206 billion ICT investment US$ 335 billion production induced

18 Gender, pollution & telework in Ireland Telework: persons who work from home & could not do so without PC with a telecom link. More teleworkers = more people working at home = less car pollution (MDG #7) 72% 41% Teleworkers All workers 56% 33% 44% College Women 41% Have children 68% 49% Married Work at home 9.7% Home 8.9% (Telework: Public 2.3%) transport, walk, bicycle 36.2% Car 54.1% Number of vehicles increased by 68% from Related CO 2 emissions increased by 122% i Getting to work Away from home 91.1% Location of work More tertiary education = more women with small children teleworking (MDG #3)

19 Impact of ICTs on Millennium Development Goals 1. Eradicate extreme poverty 2. Achieve universal primary education 3.Promote gender equality 4. Reduce child mortality 5.Improve maternal health 6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases 7. Ensure environmental sustainability % change Increase in income of Bangladesh village phone owners Increase in primary school enrolment in Nepal from teachers trained using ICTs Increase in female tertiary school enrolment in Australia from online education Decrease in infant health problems among families using telemedicine in US Decrease in maternal mortality following ICTbased program in Uganda Increase in condom imports in St. Lucia after HIV radio show Decrease in CO 2 car emissions from telework in Ireland

20 WSIS Targets 1. To connect villages with ICTs and establish community access points 2. To connect schools 3. To connect research centres 4. To connect public libraries 5. To connect health centres & hospitals 6. To connect all local and central government departments & establish websites and addresses 7. To adapt school curricula to meet challenges of the Information Society 8. To ensure that all of the world s population has access to TV & radio 9. To encourage development of content & facilitate the presence and use of all world languages on the Internet 10. To ensure that more than half the world s inhabitants have access to ICTs within their reach Radio TV Developing Developed Developing Developed World % population covered by terrestrial broadcasting 81 % population covered by telephone service World

21 Digital Access Index ITU expertise: Leading source of ICT data Analysis and research strength Inclusive: 178 economies, most of any other ICT index Transparent: 5 categories, 8 indicators, easy to decode Classifications: High, upper, medium, low Flexibility: gender sub-index national indices index over time QUALITY! International Internet bandwidth! Literacy! Broadband subscribers KNOWLEDGE! School enrolment! Fixed telephone subscribers USAGE! Internet users INFRA- STRUCTURE! Mobile cellular subscribers!internet access price AFFORDABILITY

22 e-itu indicators Universal service Universal access Sector use Digital Access Index 1.% households with electricity 7. % of population covered by mobile 10. % businesses with computers 18. Fixed subscribers per 100 inhabitants 2. % households with a radio 3.% households with a television 4. % of households with a telephone 5. % of households with a computer 6. % of households with Internet 8. % of population that use a computer 9. % of population with access to the Internet 11. % businesses with Internet access 12. % businesses with a website 13. Student to computer ratio 14. % schools with Internet access 15. % gov t offices with Internet access 16. % gov t offices with a website 17.% gov t employees with Internet access 19. Mobile subscribers per 100 inhabitants 20. Internet tariff as % of per capita income 21. Internet bandwidth per inhabitant 22. Broadband subscribers per 100 inhabitants 23. Internet users per 100 inhabitants

23 Conclusions Follow model surveys to enhance international comparability. Where household or business surveys are already conducted by national statistical offices, include ICT access questions. Developed nations and multilateral agencies should assist developing nations to compile ICT indicators Government ICT agencies should collect administrative records on ICTs and liase with their national statistical offices. Make available data more visible. Countries should identify a prominent website location for information society statistics. At the international level, a portal for information society indicators could be created, containing links to national statistics as well as model questionnaires and methodological information. International agencies also devote more resources to this area. Good statistical practice is important; transparency, clarity, timeliness and relevance are critical.

24 World Telecom Indicators 1. Basic indicators 2. Main telephone lines 3. Waiting list 4. Telephone network 5. Tele-accessibility 6. Telephone tariffs 7. Cellular subscribers 8. Cellular tariffs 9. ISDN 10.International traffic 11. Telecom staff 12.Telecom revenue 13. Telecom investment 14. Equipment trade 15.Information technology 16.Internet tariffs 17. Broadband 18.Broadcasting 19.Pay TV 20.Projections 181 economies, 2002 data

25 ITU 2003 World Telecommunication Development Report: Access Indicators for the Information Society Thank you!

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