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Information Society Statistical Profiles 2009 – Europe (v1.01)

The fifth report of a series of regional statistical profiles on the information society prepared for the World Telecommunication Development Conference in 2010. Europe is a world leader in ICT access and use, being the first region to implement a uniform standard for mobile telephony and to introduce next-generation mobile networks. Europe accounts for 18% of mobile cellular subscriptions, 21% of fixed telephone lines, 22% of Internet users, and 31% of both fixed and mobile broadband subscribers in the world. Two out of three Europeans use the Internet and most European countries have over 100% mobile penetration. The harmonized regulatory frameworks within the European Union have led to ICT success and a smaller digital divide in Europe. Many governments have adopted national “broadband-for-all” strategies to bolster digital inclusion. The European market is migrating towards converging traditional telecommunication operators and the media industry with service providers offering packages that include voice, data, IP television, Video-on-Demand, and digital broadcasting services. This report highlights ICT developments in Europe, 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. It analyzes the market in fixed and mobile telephony, Internet and broadband. It also examines telecommunication and media sector convergence focusing on supply drivers, demand drivers, policy makers and regulators, and market and business cases.
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Switzerland (country of publication)