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PPPs for policy making: a visual guide to using data from the ICP - Chapter 9: Infrastructure

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Information and communication technology

Ensuring that all parts of society can access information and communication technology (ICT) underpins the Broadband Commission’s 2025 goals for Sustainable Development. Goal 2 states that entry-level broadband services be made affordable in developing countries at less than 2 percent of monthly GNI per capita. Policy makers can monitor affordability through data on the price, expressed in PPP terms, of mobile-voice services, mobile data and fixed broadband for countries and regions by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) (map 9.2 and figure 9.4). Furthermore, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) provides PPP-based prices for other mobile and fixed broadband baskets reflecting the range of options available in its member states.

The ICP collects price and expenditure data under the category of Communications, which includes, among other items, wireless telephone services, including voice and video calls, messages, and the cost of packages, and internet access provision services (figure 9.5).