MOBILE CELLULAR TELEPHONE SUBSCRIBERS PER 100 POPULATION
Information and communication technologies
Name: Mobile cellular telephone subscribers per 100 population
Brief Definition: The indicator is derived by dividing the number of mobile
cellular telephone subscribers by the population and multiplying by 100.
Unit of Measurement: Measured as the % of population.
Placement in the CSD Indicator Set: Economic development/ Information and
Purpose: This indicator, together with the fixed telephone lines, is the broadest and
most common measurement of the degree of telecommunication development in a country.
Relevance to Sustainable/Unsustainable Development (theme/sub-theme):
Telecommunications and social, economic, and institutional development are closely linked. Modern communications is considered to be relatively benign to the environment. There is unlikely to be sustainable development without a well-developed communications infrastructure. Communications is critical to support sustainable development.
International Conventions and Agreements: WSIS documents and targets and
ITU Strategic plan highlighting the need to bridge the national and international digital
divide in ICTs.
World Summit on the
Information Society (WSIS) target 10 (2015): “To ensure that more than half the world's inhabitants have access to ICTs within their reach.” Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target 18 “In cooperation with the private sector, make available the benefits of new technologies, especially information and
Linkages to Other Indicators:
The linkages between this indicator and other
communication infrastructure will reduce the need for transport with
a well-developed beneficial effects on
Another example is the requirement of telecommunications for the
innovative potential of
delivery of health and educational services. telecommunications for reducing economic and
another example is the gaps within an economy
and assisting to reduce the need for urbanization.
Access to telecommunications provides