ITU to release new country rankings for mobile, broadband

2013 annual report features pricing, ICT development
indices and analysis for over 160 economies

Geneva, 30 September 2013 – ITU will release the 2013 edition of its Measuring the Information Society report on Monday October 7 at a special event featuring interactive panel discussions with representatives from government, industry and the UN family.

Measuring the Information Society (MIS) is ITU’s flagship annual analytical report on the state of technology use, access and affordability worldwide, and features the latest ITU data and analysis of market developments. It is the world’s most comprehensive compilation of global ICT statistical indicators, and is widely referenced by other UN agencies, industry and NGOs.

The report presents the latest results of the ICT Development Index (IDI), an international benchmarking tool which ranks countries according to their ICT achievements. It also features the ICT Price Basket (IPB), a unique metric that tracks and compares the cost and affordability of ICT services across more than 160 countries globally.

In addition, this year’s MIS presents the first complete price data collection for mobile-broadband services, a model to measure the world’s ‘digital native’ population, and a quantitative overview of digital TV broadcasting trends.

Full event details and programme can be found here.

What:

Launch of ITU’s flagship ICT statistics report ‘Measuring the Information Society’ + Panel Discussion

When:

11am – 13:30pm, 7 October, 2013

Where:

Montbrillant building, ITU headquarters, Geneva (arrive via Montbrillant entrance)

Who:

Houlin Zhao, ITU Deputy Secretary-General

Brahima Sanou, Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau, ITU

Cosmas Zavazava, Chief, Project Support & Knowledge Management, ITU

Susan Teltscher, Head, ICT Data and Statistics Division, ITU

Plus a high-level panel of invited experts from government & industry

Light refreshments will be served

Journalists are kindly invited to RSVP to rita-soraya.abino@itu.int by close of business Thursday 3 October. Journalists who do not possess a UN media badge are requested to bring a piece of photo ID in order to obtain a Visitor badge.

The launch of the Measuring the Information Society 2013 report can also be viewed via live and archived webcast at:http://www.itu.int/ibs/ITU-D/20131007mis-report/index.phtml

Follow the event on Twitter at @ITU (http://twitter.com/itu) #ITUdata and through ITU’s Facebook page at www.itu.int/facebook.

 

About ITU

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