The Public Voice in Emerging Market Economies Dubai, U.A.E., 15 January 2001


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The Public Voice in Emerging Market Economies Dubai, U.A.E., 15 January 2001

Access and Equity

OECDâ€➢s work on the Digital Divide

What is the Digital Divide?

Telecommunication access paths are the basic symptom of the digital divide Fixed plus mobile access paths per 100 inhabitants

The digital divide is even more marked for Internet access Internet hosts per 1 000 inhabitants

Competition is the road to access Liberalisation in public switched telecommunications network (PSTN) markets

Liberalisation is also leading to lower bandwidth prices October 1998 = 100

Numbers of Internet hosts are rising rapidly worldwide Internet hosts per 1 000 inhabitants

Differences among OECD countries remain large Internet hosts in OECD countries per 1 000 inhabitants (July 2000) (gTLD adjusted)

USING THE INTERNET Secure servers are essential for e-commerce and trust

Income is an important determinant of access Internet access by household income, selected OECD countries

Educational attainment helps to explain differences in access to ICTs PC and Internet access by educational level in the Netherlands, 1999 (%)

English is the main language of the Internet Links to secure servers by language (July 2000) (All languages)

Urban homes are more connected than rural ones Internet access among rural and urban households

Alternative Internet access

Policies to bridge the digital divide

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Author: Sarah Andrews


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