The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has launched a new data platform featuring some 200 statistical indicators on digital connectivity, trust, markets, governance, sustainability, and affordability.
The ITU DataHub offers an intuitive, mobile-friendly interface complete with country and regional profiles and data tables, allowing users to quickly find, view, compare, and download statistics on all aspects of information and communication technologies (ICTs).
“Industry and governments alike depend on rich, reliable data to drive effective ICT decision-making,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao. “ITU’s increasingly accessible global statistics will contribute to achieving a sustainable digital transformation based on meaningful connectivity for all.”
Intended to support evidence-based policy- and decision-making, the new platform will help ITU Member States, industry players and other stakeholders identify gaps, priorities, and opportunities in the accelerating global digital transformation. It will also help to assess the effectiveness of past and ongoing policy interventions to close the digital gap, with 2.9 billion people worldwide still offline.
Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau, added: “Our new ITU DataHub highlights the richness of the extensive data collected by Member States around the world, as well as by ITU directly.”
Multi-dimensional data set
A third of the indicators offer disaggregated data, such as by gender, location, or technology. Many indicators are also reported with different units of measurements. In total, the DataHub hosts over 1,700 distinct time series.
Additional features, including charting and analytical tools, enhanced shareability and download options, and thematic pages, are to be introduced over the coming months.