The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a specialized agency of United Nations (UN) is responsible for issues that concern information and communication technologies (ICT) and assists in the development and coördination of worldwide technical standards. According to new data from the 2013 edition of ‘’Measuring the Information Society’’, demand for information and communication technology (ICT) products and services was enormously high in 2012-13. Korea was leading in terms of overall ICT development for the third consecutive year and declared as world’s most advanced economy in information and communication technologies.
For mobile broadband to replicate the success of cellular mobile, 3G network coverage has to be extended and prices have to go down even further. Broadband is recognized as a critical infrastructure for a country’s social and economic development. Low income countries should work hard in lowering the broadband rates to make it affordable for common man. Mobile broadband is more affordable than In developing countries.
Youth aged 15-24 years with five or more years of online experience comprise the digital native population. In 2012, there were around 363 million digital natives out of a world population of around 7 billion. This equates to 30% of global youth population. This was first-ever global measurement of the number of digital natives. There are about 145 million young internet users in developed countries, out of which 86.3% are digital natives. Young people are almost twice as networked as the global population as a whole, with the age gap more pronounced in the developing world.
China tops in list with 75 million digital natives, followed by 41 million and 23 million in the U.S and India, respectively. Although India has 3rd highest number of digital natives, when compared to its total population, % of digital native is very low.
Globally, there were an estimated 1.4 billion households with at least one TV set by end of 2012. In the developed countries, almost all households had a TV by 2008, while in developing countries 69 per cent of households had a TV. Between 2008 and 2012, most growth took place in the developing world, with the addition of 87 million more households with a TV.
Still there is a lot of scope for growth as nearly 350 million households are without TV in developing countries. In under developed countries of Africa, only 1/3rd of households have TV. Also with advent of digital TV, analogue TV are comparatively less in demand. Nearly 55% of households with TV use digital TV and rest 45% prefer analogue.
Majority of countries consider ITU report as more closer to real scenario prevailing and figures and stats are used by governments for planning development measures. According to current report, developing countries are growing at faster rate in all 4 sectors discussed above and will soon join in race with developed nations. Quick and effective measures need to be taken by under-developed nations to boost growth. Broadband usage, both fixed and mobile must be availed at lower price, as internet connectivity is a vast mosaic of economic activity, ranging from millions of daily online transactions and communications to smart phone downloads of TV shows. With emergence of smart phones and other mobile accessories at cheaper rate, most of developing countries are leaping ahead and getting connected to the outside world.