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ITU data collection and questionnaires

As a United Nations agency, one of ITU's roles is to identify, define, and produce international official statistics covering the telecommunication/ICT sector. This is in line with other specialized agencies that produce statistics covering their respective field of operations and forms part of the global statistical system of the UN.
 
ITU collects telecommunication/ICT data for about 200 economies worldwide. These can be divided into three key sets of data:

For more information on each one of the questionnaires, see the table below.

Data availability

 
​ITU verifies and harmonizes the data received from countries and collects missing values from government web sites and operators' annual reports, particularly for countries that do not reply to the questionnaires. In some cases, market research data are also used to cross-check and complement missing values. Data availability varies between the different types of indicators:

Data dissemination

Data collected by ITU are maintained in a central database and disseminated as follows:

Overview of ITU questionnaires

 
Name of Questionnaire Short World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators (WTI) questionnaire​ ​Long World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators (WTI) questionnaire ​ICT Price Basket Questionnaire ​Questionnaire on ICT Access and Use by Households and Individuals
Addressed to​ ​Government agency in charge of telecommunications/ICT (Ministry, regulatory authority) Government agency in charge of telecommunications/ICT (Ministry, regulatory authority) Government agency in charge of telecommunications/ICT (Ministry, regulatory authority) ​National Statistical Offices
Format ​Online Online Online Excel
Periodicity Annually Annually Annually Annually
Collection period ​March July/September October/November June/July
Number of indicators Six Approximately 70 ​Four main sets of ICT prices (fixed telephone, mobile cellular, fixed broadband, and mobile broadband) ​16 core indicators, including many classificatory variables
​Data published June and December June and December ​June and December ​​June and December
Sample questionnaire Click here (pdf format) Click here (pdf format) ​Click here (pdf format)
IPB rules (pdf format)
Click here (excel)