Access to and use of ICTs keep growing but stronger ICT skills needed to connect people everywhere

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ITU releases Measuring the Information Society Report 2018

 

 

More and more people have access to and are using the Internet. However, stronger information and communication technology, ICT, skills are needed to connect people everywhere, highlights ITU’s Measuring the Information Society Report 2018. At the same time, ICT prices have dropped globally in the last decade. Improved ICT regulation and policy-making have played a pivotal role in creating the conditions for the reduction of prices, ensuring that part of the efficiency gains of higher ICT adoption are passed on to consumers.

“This year’s report shows how increased investment in broadband technologies is driving the global digital transformation and enabling more people to access a myriad of services at the click of a button,” Houlin Zhao, the ITU secretary-general, said. “At the just concluded Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-18) held in Dubai, ITU Member States approved the four-year Strategic and Financial Plan, which includes a strong commitment to ITU’s statistical work. We will work together to build the ICT infrastructure and develop ICT skills necessary to foster inclusive economic growth, drive innovation and bridge the digital divide.”

“Now in its tenth year, ITU’s annual flagship report is widely recognized as a source of the world’s most reliable and impartial data and analysis on the state of global telecommunication/ICT sector,” Brahima Sanou, the director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau said. “Our analysis shows that digital technologies are fundamentally transforming the way we live and offering important opportunities for boosting economic growth, enhancing communications, improving energy efficiency, safeguarding the planet and improving people’s lives.”

– Dec. 11, 2018 @ 18:25 GMT |

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