Measuring the Information Society 2013
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Measuring the Information Society 2013

The ITU Measuring the Information Society (MIS) Report, which has been published annually since 2009, features two benchmarking tools to measure the information societythe ICT Development Index (IDI) and the ICT Price Basket (IPB). The IDI captures the level of ICT developments in 157 economies worldwide and compares progress made during the last year. The IPB combines the consumer prices for (fixed and mobile) telephone and Internet broadband services for 161 economies into one measure and compares these across countries, and over time.

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I am pleased to present to you the 2013 edition of Measuring the Information Society (MIS). Now in its fifth year, this annual report identifies key ICT developments and tracks the cost and affordability of ICT services, in accordance with internationally agreed methodologies. Its core feature is the ICT Development Index (IDI), which ranks countries’ performance with regard to ICT infrastructure and uptake. The report aims to provide an objective international performance evaluation based on quantitative indicators and benchmarks, as an essential input to the ICT policy debate in ITU Member States. The 2013 edition also presents the latest results of the ICT Price Basket (IPB), and the first complete price data set for mobile-broadband services; the first-ever model to measure the world’s digital native population; and a quantitative assessment of recent digital TV broadcasting trends.