Information and communication technology (ICT)

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Information and communication technology (ICT) refers to both different types of communications networks and the technologies used in them. The ICT sector combines manufacturing and services industries whose products primarily fulfil or enable the function of information processing and communication by electronic means, including transmission and display. The ICT sector contributes to technological progress, output and productivity growth. Its impact can be examined in several ways: directly, through its contribution to output, employment or productivity growth, or indirectly, as a source of technological change affecting other parts of the economy, for instance.

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Keywords:  technology, ICT investment, GDP, output, internet, ICT, telecommunication, value-added, employment, computer software, communication, information, hardware, export, acquisition, job, exportation, equipment, employee

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  • ICT value added

    ICT value added is defined as the difference between the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector gross output and intermediate consumption.
  • ICT employment

    ICT employment is defined as the people working in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector.
  • ICT investment

    ICT investment is defined as the acquisition of equipment and computer software that is used in production for more than one year.
  • ICT goods exports

    ICT goods exports is based on the World Customs Organisation's Harmonised System (HS) which defines ICT products (including ICT goods).
  • Access to computers from home

    Access to computers from home is defined as the number of households that reported having at least one personal computer in working order in their home
  • Internet access

    Internet access is defined as the percentage of households who reported that they had access to the Internet.
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