Portugal moves up in the ITU Index on Information Society Development

Portugal moved up two places, from 29 to 27, in the ranking of the ICT Development Index (IDI) on the Development of Information Society in 2010. These results were release in the publication "Measuring the Information Society 2011" prepared by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). According to the IDI, the world ranking economies are led by South Korea, followed by Sweden, Iceland, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong (China), Luxembourg, Switzerland, Netherlands and United Kingdom.

The publication also shows that in 2010, that fixed telephony maintains the downward trend, which began in 2005, especially in developed countries, where the market of fixed services was overtaken by mobile telephony. In these countries, mobile services are even close to saturation with penetration rates exceeding 100 percent. By contrast, in developing countries mobile subscriptions recorded a notable 20 percent increase, with no signs of slowing down.

As for broadband, fixed-broadband access in developed countries were around 24 percent by the end of 2010, growing slowly, while in developing countries this figure was only 4.2 percent. Mobile broadband remained as the strongest market growth, especially in the developing, with increases of 160 percent between 2009 and 2010 (albeit from low levels).

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