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Korea Ranks NO.1 in ITU’s Global IDI While Taiwan Lost Its Position for Some Reason

By Korbin Lan
Published: Nov 30,2015

TAIPEI, Taiwan - ITU’s Measuring the Information Society Report, released today. According to the report that South Korea once again won first place, while Japan ranked the eleventh, China ranked Eighty-two. But unexpectedly, Taiwan had not been included, which made this report becomes meaningless.

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Although this report shows incomprehensible in the index ranking, but it still reveals some information including 3.2 billion people are now online, representing 43.4% of the global population, while mobile-cellular subscriptions have reached almost 7.1 billion worldwide, with over 95% of the global population now covered by a mobile-cellular signal.

“ICTs will be essential in meeting each and every one of the 17 newly-agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao, “and this report plays an important role in the SDG process. Without measurement and reporting, we cannot track the progress being made, and this is why ITU gathers data and publishes this important report each year.”

“ITU’s work in gathering and publishing statistics allows us to monitor the real progress being made in ICT development worldwide,” said Brahima Sanou, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau, which produces the report each year.

“Progress is encouraging in many areas but more needs to be done – especially in the world’s poorest and remotest regions, where ICTs can arguably make the biggest difference, and help bring people everywhere out of extreme poverty.”

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