ITU survey: ITU Yearbook of Statistics 2014

The ITU Yearbook of Statistics is an annually appearing publication going back 40 years of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), containing data collected and processed through surveys by ITU for the benefit of ministries responsible for telecommunication and ICT, regulatory authorities and national agencies for statistics worldwide.
The ITU Yearbook of Statistics is considered the most authoritative source of information about global developments in the telecommunications sector, the availability of ICT in households and the use of ICT per person and it is generally used as a starting point for reference surveys conducted by countries to take stock of the state of affairs of telecommunication and ICT in their own territories as opposed to similar economies.

The ITU Yearbook of Statistics 2014 has already been published. The main subjects that it addresses are:

  • Data display and statistics for the period 2004 – 2013 per economy in tables providing insight into the evolution of telecommunication services per economy.
  • The latest statistics in the field of telecommunication and households with ICT at their disposal measured in 190 countries, in so far as the data are available

The ITU Yearbook of Statistics 2014 is available for purchase through the ITU website. Go directly to the page where you may purchase your own copy: ITU Yearbook of Statistics 2014

ITU Statistical divisions and platforms

The ITU uses various platforms and its own survey divisions for the collection of data and statistical analyses. One such division is the‘ICT Data and Statistics Division’. This ITU division has for its objective to identify and produce current statistics that may also be compared at international level, aimed at the telecommunications sector and the information society. The ‘ICT Data and Statistics Division’ of the ITU is responsible for the collection, harmonization, analysis, interpretation, presentation and distribution of ICT statistics and the publication of reports in accordance with statistical standards adopted by the annual ‘World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium’ (WTIS) and besides this the ‘Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development’. Both initiatives are geared towards improving the availability and quality of ICT data and indicators in developing countries in particular.

The WTIS is an annual world forum for international ICT statistics and measurements, specifically regarding the information society.The next edition of the WTIS will take place in Hiroshima, Japan, from 30 November to 2 December 2015. The WTIS-2015 is organized by the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of the ITU provided for by the government of Japan. Read about the next edition of the WTIS here.

The multi-stakeholder initiative ‘The Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development’ has been in existence for over 10 years and for a considerable time now, has served as a guideline for policymakers in the production of ICT statistics that are crucial in expert decision-making about and identification of ICT indicators and methodologies to collect these indicators. This initiative provides support to developing countries in collecting ICT statistics, particularly through reinforcement of capacity and practical training courses for national agencies of statistics and besides this, it distributes statistical information about the information society. ‘The Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development’ has 14 members and is supervised by a steering committee consisting of ITU, UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) and UIS (Unesco Institute for Statistics).

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