AUSTRALIA, 24 FEBRUARY 2010 - The global penetration of information communications technologies has continued to grow, according to a new report by the United Nations body responsible for ICT policy.
The International Telecommunications Union report showed that the use of ICT services was on the rise within all of the 159 countries surveyed between 2007 and 2008.
Director of the ITU's Telecommunication Development Bureau, Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid, said the price of ICT technologies was also declining, something he described as a "most encouraging development".
The report examined 11 key technology indicators including number of households with computers, the number of fixed broadband internet subscribers, and literacy rates.
Sweden came in first followed by Luxembourg, South Korea, Denmark and the Netherlands. Australia ranked 15th, just behind Singapore and just above New Zealand.
Luxembourg also had the fifth cheapest ICT services in the world behind mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuwait. Australia was 25th, just behind Italy. New Zealand came in 39th.
Mobile technology continued to present as a key driver of growth. The ITU predicted the global number of mobile subscriptions would top five billion in 2010.
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