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Measuring the Information Society Report 2012: Important indicators for ICT in agriculture.

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On 11 October 2012, ITU launched the Measuring the Information Society (MIS) Report 2012. This report presents the ICT Development Index (IDI) and the ICT Price Basket (IPB), which are two forms of measure used for benchmarking and explaining differences among countries and within regions when it comes to ICT developments.

The IDI ranks 155 countries’ performance with regard to information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure and uptake. It is divided into three main indicators: related to ICT access, ICT use and ICT. The IPB provides insightful information on the cost and affordability of telecommunication and information and communication technology (ICT) services and it is composed of three distinct prices: for fixed-telephone, mobile-cellular and fixed-broadband services. 

According to this report, ICT developments in developed countries are as dynamic as ever, and developing countries need to adapt their development priorities in order to keep up with the technological progress. However, in contrast with the majority of developed countries, who have reached saturation levels of mobile telephony subscriptions, mobile-cellular subscriptions in developing countries are growing at double-digit rates.
Although this report does not include information about the specific use of the mobile phones, it provides with indicators of countries worldwide, representing a significant tool for all ICT initiatives in developing countries, including the agricultural sector. 
 The Report and key highlights are available at: http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/ict/publications/idi/index.html