The benefits of the Internet are still unavailable to over half the world’s population as per the report as per IDI report. The 2016 edition of the Measuring the Information Society Report was launched during the World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium (WTIS) 2016, in Gaborone, Botswana.
The Measuring the Information Society Report, which has been published annually since 2009, features key ICT data. It also publish benchmarking tools to measure the information society, including the ICT Development Index (IDI). The IDI 2016 captures the level of ICT developments in 175 economies worldwide. It also compares progress since the year 2014. The report assesses IDI findings at the regional level and highlights top performing countries. It also uses the findings of the IDI to analyze trends and developments in the digital divide.
The report highlights the role of ICTs in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It presents the newly agreed SDG indicator framework, including the ICT indicators. In addition, it presents 2015 prices for ICT services for about 160 countries and provides a detailed analysis of mobile-cellular, fixed-broadband and mobile-broadband prices over the period 2008-2015.
The report includes a chapter looking into the current status of mobile adoption, focusing on those who do not own or use a mobile phone yet and their main barriers to mobile-phone adoption.
The report also provides evidence that despite the rapid spread and evolution of the Internet, socio-economic factors and analogue skills remain important determinants for benefitting from the opportunities of the Internet.
Key findings are:
- Nearly all countries improved their IDI values over the last year, but great disparities continue to exist between more and less connected countries.
- The Republic of Korea tops the IDI rankings in 2016 for the second consecutive year.
- There has been greater improvement in ICT use than access.
- Countries from around the world showed strong improvements in performance.
- Europe continues to lead the way in ICT development.
- A number of countries in the Americas significantly improved their performance in the IDI.
- The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) is the most homogeneous region in terms of ICT development.
- The Asia and the Pacific region is, by contrast, the most heterogeneous.
- There is great diversity in ICT development across the Arab States.
- Africa is the region with the lowest IDI performance.
- Investment, policy and regulation influence the performance of individual countries.
- Mobile-cellular prices continued to fall in 2015, and more steeply than in previous years.
- The Asia and the Pacific region has the lowest average PPP$ price for mobile-cellular services of all regions.
- Fixed-broadband prices continued to drop significantly in 2015 but remained highest –and clearly unaffordable – in a number of LDCs.
- People in most low-income countries get lower speeds and quality for their money.
- Mobile-broadband is cheaper and more widely available than fixed-broadband, but is still not deployed in the majority of LDCs.
- The decrease in mobile-broadband prices goes hand in hand with an increase in the intensity of use.
- Significant gender gaps exist in mobile-phone adoption and the gap is larger for mobile phone ownership than for mobile-phone use.
- The benefits of the Internet are still unavailable to over half the world’s population.
- Access to the Internet is not enough; policy-makers must address broader socio-economic inequalities and help people acquire the skills they need to take full advantage of the Internet.