A rich collection of telecommunication/ICT data for about 200 economies worldwide is included in this section of the ICT Eye. This includes: 1) statistics on telecommunication/ICT infrastructure and access and 2) statistics on access to and use of ICTs by households and individuals.
These data were collected directly from governments by means of annual questionnaires sent to the agency in-charge of telecommunications/ICT and to the national statistical offices. These data are verified and harmonized to ensure international comparability and compliance with the ITU definitions of indicators - as outlined in the ITU Handbook for the Collection of Administrative Data on Telecommunications/ICT, 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.
These statistics are widely used globally in research, presentations and analyses and are used to back up ICT sections in inter-governmental publications such as the UNDP Human Development Report, the World Bank World Development Indicators and the United Nations Statistical Yearbook.
These statistics are also available in the ITU Yearbook of Statistics and the ITU World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Database, both published annually and are widely respected as the world's leading sources of ICT statistics. For more information about these indicators/statistics, visit the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Statistics website, available at http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/ict/index.html.