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ITU Household ICT Indicators
A collection of key ICT indicators for about 200 economies worldwide, covering statistics on access to and use of ICTs by households and individuals.
The data are collected directly from governments by means of annual questionnaires sent to the national statistical offices or those responsible for conducting household surveys on ICT use and access. The data are verified and harmonized to ensure international comparability and compliance with international standards as outlined in the Core list of ICT indicators developed by the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development and the ITU Manual for Measuring ICT Access and Use by Households and Individuals.
Data are collected two times each year through questionnaires sent to governments. In April a short questionnaire is sent requesting data on household access to the Internet and computers as well as individual Internet use, ICT skills and mobile phone ownership disaggregated by gender. In September a long questionnaire is sent requesting data on all core household ICT indicators as identified in the ITU Manual for Measuring ICT Access and Use by Households and Individuals. In addition, more detailed disaggregations of all data are requested (by age, education level, labour force status, and occupation). Data are validated and discrepancies clarified through communication with countries before they are disseminated.
- ITU Manual for Measuring ICT Access and Use by Households and Individuals, 2020 edition
- General information on ITU household questionnaires
- Sample questionnaire (short)
- Sample questionnaire (long)
- Definitions of indicators
- Expert Group on ICT Household Indicators (EGH) - 10th meeting of EGH (2022)
- EGH forum (members only)
ITU World Telecommunication Indicators
A collection of key telecommunication/ICT indicators for about 200 economies worldwide, covering: statistics on fixed-telephone networks, mobile-cellular telephone subscriptions, quality of service, Internet (including fixed- and mobile-broadband subscription data), traffic, staff, ICT prices, revenue, investment and broadcasting. These indicators were discussed and agreed upon by the Expert Group on Telecommunication/ICT Indicators (EGTI).
The data are collected directly from governments by means of annual questionnaires sent to the agency in-charge of telecommunications/ICT (regulator or ministry). The data are verified and harmonized to ensure international comparability and compliance with international standards as outlined in the ITU Handbook for the Collection of Administrative Data on Telecommunications/ICT and the Core list of ICT indicators developed by the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development.
Data are collected two times each year through questionnaires sent to governments. In April a short questionnaire is sent requesting data on key telecommunication/ICT indicators such as fixed-telephone subscriptions, mobile-cellular subscriptions, fixed-broadband subscriptions (total and by speed tiers), international bandwidth, mobile and fixed broadband traffic, and mobile population coverage (total, 3G, 4G and above). In September a long questionnaire is sent requesting data on all telecommunication/ICT indicators included in the ITU Handbook for the Collection of Administrative Data on Telecommunications/ICT. Data are validated and discrepancies clarified through communication with countries before they are disseminated.
- ITU Handbook for the Collection of Administrative Data on Telecommunications/ICT
- General information on ITU WTI questionnaires
- Sample questionnaire (short)
- Sample questionnaire (long)
- Definitions of indicators
- Core list of ICT indicators developed by the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development
- Expert Group on Telecommunication/ICT Indicators (EGTI) - 13th Meeting of the EGTI (2022)
- EGTI forum (members only)
ITU ICT Price baskets
ICT Price Basket statistics aim to provide data on the price and affordability of ICT services in about 200 economies worldwide. ICT price baskets are internationally comparable units of ICT services defined by the ITU Expert Group on Telecommunications/ICT Indicators and revised occasionally to adjust for changes in the global market. Harmonized monthly price statistics for fixed and mobile broadband, mobile-cellular and mobile data and voice services are provided in three units: United States dollars (USD), purchasing power parity adjusted international dollars (PPP$) and as a percentage of monthly gross national income (GNI) per capita.
The source of retail price data are the non-promotional advertised prices of selected services for residential customers effective at the time of data collection, from operators with the largest market share in an economy, measured by the number of subscriptions.
The data source of USD exchange rates is the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) average rate of exchange for the quarter of the year corresponding to the data collection period (or, if unavailable, IMF annual average rates of exchange, if also unavailable, the United Nations Operational Rates of Exchange). PPP$ conversion factors and GNI per capita levels are from the World Bank World Development Indicators, both referring to the preceding year.
Since 2020, price data have been collected in the second quarter of the year. Up to 2018, price data were collected in the fourth quarter, while in 2019, price data were collected in the first quarter of the year. From 2018 onwards, data were collected through the ITU ICT Price Basket questionnaire sent to the administrations and statistics contacts of 220 economies. For those economies that did not reply to the questionnaire, price data were collected directly from operator websites and/or through direct correspondence with the operator. All submitted data was subsequently verified by ITU against operator websites.
ITU World Telecommunication / ICT Regulatory Information
The information and communication technology (ICT) sector is in the midst of remarkable transformation fuelled by a combination of technological, market, policy and regulatory developments. The market and technological developments are exerting pressure on the current regulatory framework. How will policy, regulation and governance change?
The regulatory data is collected first-hand from ITU Member State administrations via regular surveys, which dates back to 1994. The survey covers a wide range of ICT policy and regulatory issues and allows to track the latest trends and evolutions in the ICT and digital markets. Every year the survey is adapted in order to reflect changes in the sector.
ITU Telecommunication/ICT Tariff Policies Information
The ITU Tariff Policies Survey tracks the latest trends in the application of national ICT regulatory and economic policies worldwide. The survey covers a wide range of information related to price regulation of telecommunication/ICT services, costing and pricing strategies and modelling applied by National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) for wholesale (rates paid between operators) and retail services (tariffs paid by consumers), broadband pricing strategies, taxation of ICT services, access to international connectivity, international mobile roaming, bundled services approaches, and much more.
The tariff policies data is collected annually from ICT National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) worldwide using the Tariff Policies online questionnaire. Each year the survey is adapted to reflect the rapid changing economic and financial market conditions.
- ITU-D Policy and Regulation Website - Enabling policy and regulatory frameworks for digital development
- Economic Impact of Broadband, Digitization and ICT Regulation
- Infrastructure and Connectivity Development Frameworks Portal
- Digital Economy and Markets Portal
- ITU International Mobile Roaming (IMR) Portal