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.