Friday, April 23, 2010

Development Indicator Watch- ICT

International Internet bandwidth (bits per person) -International Internet bandwidth is the contracted capacity of international connections between countries for transmitting Internet traffic.

Source: WDI

Impact on Growth: 'a 10 percentage point growth in broadband penetration can raise annual economic growth per person by up to 1.5 percentage points'

Measuring the Information Society 2010;
The latest edition of Measuring the Information Society features the new ITU ICT Development Index (IDI) and the ICT Price Basket - two benchmarking tools to measure the Information Society

World Telecommunication/ICT Development Report 2010;
The Report reviews the 10 targets, proposes concrete indicators to monitor them and makes recommendations on policies and measures to help achieve them:
# To connect villages with ICTs and establish community access points
# To connect universities, colleges, secondary schools, and primary schools with ICTs
# To connect scientific and research centers with ICTs
# To connect public libraries, cultural centers, museums, post offices, and archives with ICTs
# To connect health centers and hospitals with ICTs
# To connect all local and central Government departments and establish web sites and e-mail addresses
# To adapt all primary and secondary school curricula to meet the challenges of the information society, taking into account national circumstances
# To ensure that all of the world’s population has access to television and radio services
# To encourage the development of content and put in place technical conditions in order to facilitate the presence and use of all world languages on the Internet
# To ensure that more than half the world’s inhabitants have access to ICTs within their reach

Broadband plan for high speed internet sent to Congress

Internet penetration - who’s online? ;
The country with the highest number of broadband subscribers in absolute terms is the United States, with more than 81 million. However, another way to use the data is to look at broadband penetration – essentially the number of subscriptions per 100 inhabitants. Looked at from this perspective, the Netherlands is the OECD leader, with a broadband penetration rate of about 38%; at the other end of the scale is Mexico, with a rate of just over 6%. It’s worth noting that the number of broadband subscribers isn’t the same as the number of broadband users, which tends generally to be higher...In countries where households tend to be bigger, the number of subscribers may be correspondingly lower.

US The National Broadband Plan

The plan sets ambitious, but achievable goals, including 1-gigabit connections to every community; affordable, 100 megabits broadband to 100 million households; and raising adoption from 65% to 90% adoption, heading to 100%.

Does Lowering the Price of Broadband Increase Its Use?

Malaysia’s broadband plan – stimulating the private sector

National ICT Data
OECD telecommunication price baskets

Policy Advice:
Building broadband: Strategies and policies for the developing world-Given recent developments in the broadband market involving networks, services, applications, and users, and the experiences of leading markets—especially Korea—this report proposes that broadband be reconceptualized as an ecosystem rather than just high-speed connectivity. Using the ecosystem concept, the report discusses the characteristics of broadband strategies and identifies potentially useful policies and regulations.

*Source of the chart above, Malaysia Economic Update, Box 13,Developing Broadband in Malaysia

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