ITU, Google offer free global ICT stats

Staff writer
eGov Innovation
The International Telecommunications Union's (ITU) data on the global ICT sector is now accessible via the Google Public Data Explorer (PDE).
The Google Public Data Explorer platform enables quick search of statistics, and helps users quickly interpret data and statistics through rich visualizations.
Users can ‘mash up’ data using line graphs, bar graphs, maps and bubble charts. Visualizations 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.
Made available on this platform are ITU's key ICT statistical indicators from 1960 to 2011 for about 200 economies, including fixed telephone, mobile cellular, fixed (wired) Internet, fixed (wired) broadband subscriptions and penetration, as well as the percentage of individuals using the internet.
“Teaming up with Google Public Data Explorer will greatly expand the reach and usability of ITU’s ICT statistics, making them more accessible and allowing users to explore and visualize ITU’s rich datasets,” said ITU Secretary-General Dr. Hamadoun Touré.
“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.”

ITU statistics are widely recognized as reliable and impartial global data on the state of the global ICT industry. They are used extensively by intergovernmental agencies, financial institutions and private sector analysts worldwide.
ITU said as an example, a user could quickly find out that mobile cellular subscriptions reached almost 6 billion by end 2011 and visualize 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 (wired) broadband subscriptions were added in China in 2011 (accounting for about half of total subscriptions added worldwide).