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Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop on ICT Statistics 2017

​​​​​The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) in particular organized Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop on “ICT Statistics” which was held in Xi'an, China, from 22 to 25 August 2017.

The objective of the workshop was to strengthen the capacity of countries to produce national statistics on telecommunications and ICTs. The workshop was intended for participants who were responsible for collecting and/or producing such statistics in ministries, regulatory agencies and national statistical offices. The workshop  included discussions of the methodology of ICT indicators and the experiences by countries in the collection, analysis and presentation of ICT data. Moreover, the workshop raised awareness of the relevance of the indicators for evidence-based policy formulation and in assessing the implementation of particular policy initiatives.

​Mr Wisit Atiyapakoon( and Ms Esperanza Magpantay (esperanza​ are at your full disposal should you require any further information. ​​


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Day 1: ICT Statistics – Overview and National Coordination

09:00 - 09:30
Welcome Remarks
- China
- Wisit Atipayakoon, Programme Officer, ITU​​

09:30 - 09:45​​​

​1. Introduction and rationale

​1.1 Introduction and objective of the workshop
1.2 Rationale for collecting high-quality and internationally comparable ICT statistics: national policy-making, market signaling, international benchmarking, international commitments (e.g. SDG indicators etc.) ​
Speaker: ITU ​
09:45 - 10:15​​​​Group photo and coffee break​

10:15 - 11:15​

2. Overview of ITU’s work on ICT statistics

2.1 Collection and validation of global administrative and household ICT statistics
2.2 Development of internationally comparable ICT indicators
2.3 Dissemination of ICT trends and analysis
Speaker: Esperanza Magpantay, Senior Statistician, ITU  

11:15 - 12:30​

3. National ICT data collection and challenges

3.1 Country experiences – Alana Ramos, DICT, Philippines
3.2 Country experiences – Pham Hong Khiem, MIT, Viet Nam
3.3 Country experiences – Sonam Phuntsho, BICMA, Bhutan
3.4 Country experiences – Norisan Mohd Aspar, Department of Statistics, Malaysia
3.5 Country experiences – Bi Xinhua, National Bureau of Statistics, China
3.6 Discussions
Moderator: Hock Eng Koay, ITU Consultant  
12:30 -14:00​Lunch break​

14:00 - 15:00​

4. Understanding composite indices

4.1 What is a composite index?
4.2 What can a composite index tell us?
4.3 What can’t a composite index tell us?
4.4 Constructing a composite index: good practices
Speaker: Hock Eng Koay, ITU Consultant  

15:00 - 16:00​​

5. The ICT Development Index (IDI)

​5.1 Conceptual framework: access, use and skills
5.2 Current list of indicators
5.3 Value versus rank: absolute versus relative change
5.4 Results of the 2017 Extraordinary Meeting: revised list of indicators and way forward
Speaker: Esperanza Magpantay, ITU  
16:00 - 16:30​Coffee break​

16:30 - 17:00​

6. Internet Prosperity Index Research Report

Speaker: SUN Ke, Deputy Director, China Academy of Information and Communications Technology, China​

17:00 - 17:30​

7. China’s Provincial ICT Development Index (IDI) Research Report

Speaker: CHEN Jingqiao, Deputy Chief Engineer, China Academy of Information and Communications Technology, China ​


Day 2: Telecom/ICT Indicators (Definitions & Standards)

09:00 - 09:15​​
​​Interaction and discussion: recap from day 1
Facilitator: Wisit Atipayakoon, ITU ​​

09:15 - 10:15​

8. Fixed-telephone network, mobile-cellular network and international bandwidth indicators

​8.1 Fixed-telephone indicators
8.2 Mobile-cellular indicators
8.3 International bandwidth indicators
Speaker: Hock Eng Koay, ITU Consultant
8.4 Discussion  
10:15 - 10:30​Coffee break​

10:30 - 12:30​

9. Fixed-broadband, mobile-broadband and bundled telecommunication services indicators ​

9.1 Fixed-broadband indicators
9.2 Mobile-broadband indicators
9.3 Bundled telecom services indicators
Speaker: Esperanza Magpantay, ITU
9.4 Discussion 
12:30 - 13:30​Lunch break​

13:30 - 15:00​

10. Quality of service and traffic indicators

10.1 Quality of service indicators
10.2 Traffic indicators
Speaker: Hock Eng Koay, ITU Consultant
10.3 Discussion
15:00 - 15:30​Coffee break​

15:30 - 16:30​

11. Revenue, investment, employment and Pay TV

11.1 Revenue indicators
11.2 Investment indicators
11.3 Employment indicators
11.4 Pay TV indicators
Speaker: Esperanza Magpantay, ITU​
11.5 Discussion

16:30 - 17:30​​​

12. Big Data

12.1 Understanding of Big Data - Hock Eng Koay, ITU Consultant
12.2 Big Data for Measuring the Information Society - Esperanza Magpantay, ITU​
12.3 Discussion
Speaker: ITU ​​


Day 3: Household ICT Indicators (Definitions & Standards)

09:00 - 09:15​​​
Interaction and discussion: recap from day 2
Facilitator: Wisit Atipayakoon, ITU ​​​

09:15 - 10:30​​

13. Getting ICT data through surveys

13.1  Collaborating and coordinating for household ICT statistics
13.2  Getting ICT data through surveys: good practices
Speaker: Hock Eng Koay, ITU Consultant  

14  Overview of household ICT indicators

14.1  ICT household indicators
14.2  Disaggregating the data by socio-demographics: why and how
14.3  Improving methodologies through the Expert Group on Household ICT Indicators (EGH)
​Speaker: Esperanza Magpantay, ITU​
10:30 - 11:00​​Coffee break​

11:00 - 12:30​

15. Household ICT indicators included in the IDI and SDGs

15.1 HH4: Proportion of households with a computer
15.2 HH6: Proportion of households with Internet
15.3 HH7: Proportion of individuals using the Internet
15.4 HH15: Individuals with ICT skills, by type of skills
15.5 HH18: Proportion of individuals who own a mobile phone
Speaker: Hock Eng Koay, ITU Consultant ​
12:30 - 14:00​Lunch break​

14:00 - 15:30​


16. How to report your survey data to ITU

16.1 Practical considerations: data collection schedule, processes and validation checks 16.2 Avoiding common mistakes in reporting survey data
Speaker: Esperanza Magpantay, ITU​ ​
15:30 - 16:00​Coffee break​

16:00 - 17:0​0​

17. Discussion: ICT Infrastructure and ICT Use Indicators

Moderator: CHEN Jingqiao; China Mobile; China Telecom; China Unicom​

​​17:00 - 17:30

​18. Conclusion and Way Forward

18.1 Conclusion and way forward - Esperanza Magpantay, ITU
18.2 Closing ceremony ​​

Day 4: Investigation and Research


09:00 - 12:00​​Investigation and research
(Visit to rural​ e-commerce enterprises, e-government cases)


​NOTE: A reading list will be distributed two weeks before the workshop and participants are expected to read the materials ahead of time. Participants are also requested to bring their laptops (if available) or inform the workshop organizers if they cannot do so, at least one week before the workshop​.