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MOBILE CELLULAR TELEPHONE SUBSCRIBERS PER 100 POPULATION

Economic development

Information and communication technologies

1.

INDICATOR

(a)

Name: Mobile cellular telephone subscribers per 100 population

(b)

Brief Definition: The indicator is derived by dividing the number of mobile

cellular telephone subscribers by the population and multiplying by 100.

  • (c)

    Unit of Measurement: Measured as the % of population.

  • (d)

    Placement in the CSD Indicator Set: Economic development/ Information and

communication technologies

2.

POLICY RELEVANCE

(a)

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.

(b)

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.

(c)

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.

(d)

International

Targets/Recommended

Standards:

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

communications

(e)

Linkages to Other Indicators:

The linkages between this indicator and other

sustainable

development

indicators

are

many.

For

instance,

communication infrastructure will reduce the need for transport with

a well-developed beneficial effects on

the environment.

Another example is the requirement of telecommunications for the

innovative potential of

delivery of health and educational services. telecommunications for reducing economic and

Yet, social

another example is the gaps within an economy

and assisting to reduce the need for urbanization.

Access to telecommunications provides

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