Today's digital transformation is changing economies at warp speed and scale. The ITU series on "The economic contribution of broadband, digitization and ICT regulation" examines this revolution from a data and evidence-based perspective. It quantifies the positive impact of broadband, digital transformation, and the interplay of ICT regulation on national economies by applying econometric modelling techniques.
Importantly, this series developed in the framework of BDT Cluster 1 Policy and Regulation builds on several years of robust and reliable data resources to measure the impact of institutional and regulatory variables on the development of the digital ecosystem using top-tier data metrics on the digital ecosystem and the maturity of ICT regulatory frameworks, namely the Digital ecosystem development index and the ITU ICT regulatory tracker.
The Global study and methodology
The global study presents the methodology applied and the findings related to the evidence that broadband technologies and effective ICT regulation can have a positive impact on the growth of national economies and prosperity. The findings also provide a more refined picture of the effects of broadband on countries at a different stage of development. It further provides evidence of the importance of the regulatory and institutional variables in driving digital growth. More.
The Regional Econometric studies
Following the Global study, a series of Regional Econometric modelling studies was developed to present a set of econometric analyses that estimate the contribution of broadband and digital transformation, as well as the impact of ICT policy and regulation on the development of the digital economy in each region.
The outcomes of these regional studies may serve as key reference material to illustrate the impact of fixed and mobile broadband on the economy, where the regions stand in terms of digitization, and the impact of digitization on Gross Domestic Product (GDP).