Global ICT Statistics on Internet Usage, Mobile, Broadband: 1998-2009
Title: Global ICT Statistics on Internet Usage, Mobile, Broadband: 1998-2009
Author: Richard Heeks
Source: ICTs for development blog
Date (published): 16/09/2010
Date (accessed): 26/09/2010
Type of information: blog post
On-line access: yes (HTML)
"How are ICT diffusion rates changing over time in different parts of the world?
For Internet, it will be 2019 before the poorest countries reach the 50 users per 100 level that the richest countries were at in 2002; a digital lag of 17 years. For broadband, it will be 2020 before the poorest countries reach the 15 users per 100 level that the richest countries were at in 2005; a digital lag of 15 years (but with a wide margin for error, and calculated only on 2008-to-2009 growth rates). Put another way, there are no signs yet of the digital lag for Internet or broadband closing over time, and not much evidence for the idea that digital lag is shortening with each new ICT innovation."