Category Statistics/Indicators

New study reveals costly impact of counterfeit smartphones

The effect of counterfeiting on smartphone sales worldwide is estimated at 184 million units, valued at 45.3 billion EUR or 12.9% of total sales, according to a new report from the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), in collaboration with ITU. The study, which aimed to estimate the economic impact of counterfeiting in the legitimate sector, analysed […]


The latest ITU ICT Facts and Figures report for 2016 shows that the digital divide is slowly diminishing. Lower prices are making digital devices and services more affordable, technological developments are making technology more ubiquitous, and targeted policies are enhancing ICT universal service programs. There is still a long road ahead, but there are also […]

#ITUdata: key to achieve socio-economic development

To celebrate #WorldStatisticsDay, Cosmas Zavazava looks at how ITU statistics can help achieve the SDGs. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes the great potential of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to improve socio-economic development. #ITUdata helps us accomplish a noble mission: to unlock the full potential of ICTs for the achievement of the Sustainable Development […]


The 2016 High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development was the first major review of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)  since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs themselves in September 2015. The HLPF was marked by passionate support for achieving the ambitious goals, and as the President of the General Assembly said […]

Report: Asia-Pacific to drive 10X growth in smart city devices

Smart City initiatives are starting to make an impact in terms of the number of IoT-style devices being shipped to support the investments, according to researchers IHS. It estimates that global unit shipments of smart city devices – which are internet-connected devices used in smart city projects – will increase from 115.4 million in 2015 […]

Measuring ICTs: Indicators to promote evidence-based policymaking

With the rapid dissemination of information and communication technology (ICT), people are able to engage in all segments of society. At the same time, the fast adoption of ICTs by citizens, organizations and governments, poses new challenges for policymakers aiming to foster the ICT skills development required for success in today’s digital economy while also […]