Towards Harmonization of Indicators

The Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is holding its fifth annual meeting on ICT Indicators under the title of “Towards Harmonization of Indicators”. The meeting will take place in Geneva, Switzerland in the period from 11 to 13 October 2006.

This meeting is held once every two years. This international forum allows telecommunication regulators, operators and international agencies to provide valuable comments on drafts of the Handbook compiled by the ITU in this regard

According to the fundamental Principles of Official Statistics published by the United Nations Statistics Division, “the Official statistics provide an indispensable element in the information system of a democratic society, serving the Government, the economy and the public with data about the economic, demographic, social and environmental situation. To this end, official statistics that meet the test of practical utility are to be compiled and made available on an impartial basis by official statistical agencies to honor citizens' entitlement to public information. To retain trust in official statistics, the statistical agencies need to decide according to strictly professional considerations, including scientific principles and professional ethics, on the methods and procedures for the collection, processing, storage and presentation of statistical data.”

Thanks to the importance of the issue , the NTRA is participating by a delegation, which will comment on the Handbook and take part in the proceedings of the meeting, which aims to provide guidance on the collection and use of ICT statistics for developing nations.

The purpose of the meetings is to review the state of telecommunication/ICT statistics,
Definitions, Collection, Methodology and Dissemination. The focus of this year’s WTI Meeting will be the discussion of definitions and recent indicators. Since the telecommunication/ICT sector has been changing rapidly over the recent years, the indicators to measure the telecommunication/ICT sector need to be adapted accordingly. The impressive growth and changes in the mobile sector, particularly, call for the revision of existing definitions.