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Sunday, 05 August 2012 16:55

ITU's global telecoms and IT stats now on Google

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The International Telecommunication Union's telecommunication and information and communication technology statistics have been made available through the Google Public Data Explorer (PDE).

According to the ITU, "Users can now explore and visualise ITU's key ICT statistical indicators from 1960 to 2011 (where data exists) for about 200 economies worldwide. Key indicators include fixed telephone, mobile cellular, fixed (wired) Internet, fixed (wired) broadband subscriptions and penetration, as well as the percentage of individuals using the Internet."

The ITU claims that its statistics "are widely recognised as the world's most reliable and impartial global data on the state of the global ICT industry [and] are used extensively by leading intergovernmental agencies, financial institutions and private sector analysts worldwide."

The Google Public Data Explorer platform "enables quick search of statistics, and helps users quickly interpret data and statistics through rich visualisations."

Using PDE, "users can 'mash up' data using line graphs, bar graphs, maps and bubble charts. Visualisations are dynamic, allowing users to track trends over time. In addition, charts can easily be shared with friends or even embedded on a website or a blog," the ITU says.

ITU secretary-general Dr Hamadoun Touré, said: "For the first time, even non-experts will be able to quickly and easily create compelling charts and trends analysis that will enhance their work, and will also benefit others working to further develop the ICT sector worldwide.

"As an example, using Google Public Data Explorer, a user could quickly find out that mobile cellular subscriptions reached almost six billion by end 2011 and visualise how this trend has developed over time, as well as in different countries around the world; or compare Internet penetration across countries; or learn that 30 million fixed broadband subscriptions were added in China in 2011 (accounting for about half of total subscriptions added worldwide)."

The new platform is accessible from today from the ITU's website, here.

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