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ITU collects time series data on telecommunication and ICT statistics fo= r over 100 indicators, through an annual questionnaire, which is sent to na= tional government telecommunication authorities, as well as through online = research. It also collects household ICT statistics, based on the internati= onally agreed core list of indicators developed by the Partnership on Measu= ring ICT for Development, through a questionnaire sent to National Statisti= cal Offices. The data are carefully checked, verified and harmonized, befor= e being disseminated, to enhance international comparability.=20
The ITU Yearbook of Statistics, has been published annually for almost t= hree decades and is widely recognized as the world's leading source of ICT = statistics. The electronic database, the World Telecommunication/ICT Indica= tors, is available on a user-friendly CD-ROM and by electronic download at = the ITU electronic bookshop. It provides annual time series dating back to = 1960 for over 100 indicators and some 200 economies.=20
On the ITU website www.itu.int/ITU-D/ict/, some statistics are available= for free downloading through the ICT Eye.=20
Part of the data are also published in ICT sections of publications of o=
ther international organizations, such as the UNDP Human Development Report=
, the World Bank World Development Indicators, the United Nations Statistic=
al Yearbook, the UN Data portal and the MDG indicators available online.
Data are also disseminated via ITU's analytical reports, including the = World Telecommunication/ICT Development Report (WTDR), regional reports and= benchmarking publications, such as those featuring the ITU ICT Development= Index (IDI) and ICT Price Basket.
Key Statistics and Analysis: see http://www.itu.int/I= TU-D/ict/statistics/=20
Publications: see http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/ict/publ= ications/=20
Events/Meetings and technical assistance=20
ITU organizes meetings, such as the World Telecommunication/ICT Indicato= rs meeting (WTIM), on the collection and use of ICT statistics, specificall= y aimed at providing guidance for developing nations. ITU works closely wit= h national regulatory authorities in providing advice on how to improve sta= tistical systems. The ITU also works with national statistics offices and r= elevant regional bodies in organizing national and regional capacity buildi= ng workshops on Information Society measurements.=20
ITU cooperates with regional and international organizations in the exch= ange of data and collaboration on joint publications. ITU is involved in in= ternational forums to measure the information society and to coordinate ICT= statistics.=20
1. ITU is the lead agency responsible for defining and monitoring ICT in= dicators for the UN Millennium Development Goals project. ITU provides thre= e specific indicators for measuring access to ICTs (fixed telephone lines, = mobile cellular subscriptions and Internet use), on an on-going basis.= =20
2. ITU is an active member of the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Devel= opment, launched during UNCTAD XI in June 2004. Current partners include th= e ITU, the OECD, UNCTAD, UNDESA, UNESCO Institute for Statistics, the UN Re= gional Commissions (UNECLAC, UNESCWA, UNESCAP, UNECA), the World Bank and E= UROSTAT. The ITU is also a member of the Partnership's Steering Committee.<= /p>=20
See: http://www.it= u.int/ITU-D/ict/intlcoop.html
See also: http://www.i= tu.int/ITU-D/ict/partnership/index.html
Ongoing methodological work=20
ITU has contributed actively to the revisions of the Partnership core li= st of ICT indicators on infrastructure and access, and on access to, and us= e of, ICTs in households. The revised core list was presented to the UN Sta= tistical Commission in February 2009 and will be published in early 2010.= p>=20
A Manual for the collection of household ICT statistics is currently bei= ng finalized and was launched in early 2009. The objective of the Manual is= to provide a practical tool for statisticians, in particular in developing= countries, who are responsible for the collection of ICT data through hous= ehold surveys. The Manual will be revised on an ongoing basis.=20
The definitions of ICT infrastructure and access indicators included in = the ITU Handbook are continuously being revised, in consultation with ITU f= ocal points in countries.=20
The updated ITU ICT Development Index (IDI), a benchmarking tool for cou= ntries, and a tool for tracking developments of the global digital divide, = will be published in early 2010. The publication will also feature the upda= ted ICT Price Basket, which has been calculated for three key ICT indicator= s (fixed and mobile telephony and Internet broadband).=20
Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Handbook
New work to be undertaken in 2010=20
The ITU Expert Group on Telecommunication/ICT indicators (EGTI) is revis=
ing the list of indicators collected by ITU,including their definitions. Th=
e work is expected to conclude in the first half of 2010 and the revised li=
st will be applied by ITU as of its 2010 data collection.
The ITU Wor= ld Telecommunication/ICT Development Report (WTDR) 2010 will focus on a rev= iew of the ten targets identified at the World Summit on the Information So= ciety (WSIS). The Report, which is being prepared in collaboration with oth= er international organizations (UNESCO, UNDESA, WHO), will also propose pre= cise statistical indicators for an improved monitoring of the WSIS targets.= It will be released in May 2010.
Meetings to be organized in 2010=20
The 8th World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Meeting (WTIM) will be he= ld in the third quarter of 2010. This global event brings together represen= tatives from telecommunication authorities and National Statistical Offices= responsible for collecting ICT statistics.=20
A global ICT statistics conference, to be organized jointly between UNSD= , ITU and UNCTAD, in cooperation with the Partnership on Measuring ICT for = Development, and hosted by the Korean Statistical Office, will take place i= n June/July 2010.=20
A number of national and regional capacity building events will be organ=
ized throughout the year.
See http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/ict/confere= nces/