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Information Society Statistical Profiles 2009 – Asia and the Pacific

Abstract: 
The first report of a series of regional statistical profiles on the information society prepared for the World Telecommunication Development Conference in 2010. The Asia and Pacific region is a global leader in fixed telephone lines, mobile cellular telephone subscriptions, and broadband Internet numbers. Asian economies are leaders in information society developments and high-speed Internet access and usage. However, income distribution, population, and geography are very diverse, correlating with disparities in ICT uptake. Internet usage penetration ranges from 70% in advanced economies to less than 1% in developing areas. 80% of the population in the region as a whole has broadband access at speeds reaching 50 Mbps. In lower income economies, limited Internet access only reaches speeds less than 2 Mbps. This report highlights ICT developments in the Asia and Pacific region, provides statistical indicators for each country, and features two benchmarking tools – the ITU ICT Deployment Index (IDI) and the ICT Price Basket – to analyze the region. Chapter 2 of this report is based on the 2008 ITU Asia-Pacific Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Report.
Author: 
jessica.choi@wellesley.edu
Institution: 
ITU
Year: 
2009
Input By: 
Jessica Choi
Affiliation: 
MIT
Region(s): 
Industry Focus: 
Information & Telecommunication,Internet & Cyberspace
Country: 
Switzerland (country of publication)
Datatype(s): 
Indicators