ICT Index Compares 154 Countries, Northern Europe Leads

ITU’s new ICT Development Index (IDI) compares developments in ICT in 154 countries over a five-year period from 2002 to 2007. The Index combines 11 indicators into a single measure that can be used as a benchmarking tool globally, regionally and at the country level. These are related to ICT access, use and skills, such as households with a computer the number of Internet users; and literacy levels.

INTUG Asks EU Council of Ministers to Ensure Competition is Preserved for NGA

Last week, INTUG sent a letter to the EU Council of Ministers gathering in Prague. In the letter, INTUG urged them to resist the protectionist approaches of some incumbent operators with dominant power, who seem to be seeking to limit or eliminate competition for next generation access networks.

Significant FttH Market Penetration in 20 Countries, Strong Growth in US

The number of economies where fiber to the home has established a significant and growing market presence has nearly doubled over the past 18 months, according to an updated global ranking issued yesterday by the FTTH Councils of Asia‐Pacific, Europe and North America.

Europe to Invest 1bn Euros in Broadband

The European Commission aims to achieve 100 per cent high speed internet coverage for all citizens by 2010 as part of the European Economic Recovery Plan. The money is needed to help rural areas get online, bring new jobs and help businesses grow, according to the EC.

Telecom Benchmark Highlights Gaps in EU Competitiveness

Consumers benefit from better telecoms services and higher investment levels in countries where the national telecoms regulatory authority has strong powers and is active in using them, according to a report published by the European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA).

Europe’s Economic Downturn a Potential Boost to Telecoms

The economic crisis provides a golden opportunity for governments to revisit the Keynesian strategy. It may provide a key stimulus for next generation telecoms infrastructure development, Australian telecoms expert Paul Budde writes.

The Right Broadband Stimulus Package for the U.S.

The stimulus package being considered by the U.S. Congress presents a once in a generation opportunity to upgrade the nation’s broadband infrastructure, but only if the proposals are based on pragmatic logic rather than ideological wishful thinking, writes Robert D. Atkinson, president of the non-partisan think tank ITIF.

ITU Advocates Infrastructure Sharing to Counter Investment Drought

The International Telecommunication Union has published its annual report, detailing a set of regulatory strategies designed to lower the costs of network rollout.

BT to Invest £1.5bn to Take UK into Broadband Superleague

British Telecom (BT) has planned a major upgrade of its network to become one of the world’s broadband leaders. According to the Telegraph, the new service will serve up to 10m homes by 2012.

Study Gives High Marks to US Internet

Contradicting earlier studies, conventional wisdom and politicians’ rhetoric, researchers from the French business school INSEAD say that the Internet infrastructure of the United States is one of the world’s best and getting better: the country ranked fourth in the world behind just three European nations: Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland. Some Internet industry veterans are skeptical.Read […]