“Over the past year, the world witnessed continued growth in the uptake of ICT and, by end 2014, almost 3 billion people will be using the Internet, up from 2.7 billion at end 2013. While the growth in mobile-cellular subscriptions is slowing as the market reaches saturation levels, mobile broadband remains the fastest growing market segment, with continuous double-digit growth rates in 2014 and an estimated global penetration rate of bandwidth has also grown steeply, at 45 per cent annually between 2001 and 2013, and the developing countries’ share of total international bandwidth increased from around 9 per cent in 2004 to almost 30 per cent in 2013. Overall, almost all of the 166 countries included in the IDI improved their values in the last year.Despite this encouraging progress, there are important digital divides that need to be addressed: 4.3 billion people are still not online, and 90 per cent of them live in the developing world”
Sections within the “The Role of Big Data for ICT Monitoring and for Development” chapter cover:
- trends and definitions in big data, highlighting the technological developments that have facilitated the emergence of big data, and identifying sources and uses of big data, including use of big data for development and ICT monitoring.
- types of data that telecommunication companies produce (in particular mobile-cellular operators) and how those data are currently being used to track ICT developments and improve business
- ways in which telecom big data may be used to complement official ICT statistics and assist in the provision of new evidence for a host of policy domains
- challenges of leveraging big data for ICT monitoring and broader development, including in terms of standardization and privacy.
Read The role of big data for ICT monitoring and for development (pdf) from the Measuring the Information Society report.
Big data for development at the future of ICT measurement panel