ITU’s IDI puts spotlight on mobile broadband in the Caribbean

Click to enlarge the ITU ICT Development Index 2013.
Click to enlarge the ITU ICT Development Index 2013.

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) released its 2013 ICT Development Index, titled Measuring the Information Society. Known simply as the IDI, the ITU’s  annual report tracks global ICT trends and assigns a number ranking to countries based on their performance along measurable indices.

Globally, the report showed that strong growth in the number of wireless- and fixed-broadband subscriptions is enabling more and more countries to increase household ICT  use.

However, it is mobile-cellular telephone subscriptions that remained the fastest growing market segment over the past few years, followed by active-mobile broadband subscriptions.

In fact, Barbados, which is the top performer from the Caribbean, moved up seven places in this IDI, which covered the period 2011 to 2012, because its two mobile operators, Digicel and Lime, launched their mobile-broadband networks in November 2011.

By the same token, Antigua & Barbuda (49) and Trinidad & Tobago (66) fell in the rankings because they failed to keep up with the rapid increase in wireless-broadband penetration globally and across the Americas region. St Vincent & the Grenadines (63) and St Lucia (75), both of which performed poorly, remained without a mobile-broadband network in 2012.

Jamaica (93), the Dominican Republic (94), Guyana (105) and Cuba (111) were the other Caribbean territories ranked in the IDI.

Click here to download the International Telecommunications Union Information and Communications Technology Development Index report: Measuring the Information Society 2013.

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