ITU Spearheads Expert Group Meetings on Household and Telecommunication/ICT indicators

Source: ITU

5 January 2018 --The 4th Expert Group on Household Indicators (EGH) and the 8th Expert Group on Telecommunication/ICT Indicators (EGTI) were held back-to-back last 12-15 September 2017. The meetings took place in Geneva, Switzerland, and was attended by ITU members and experts in the field of ICT statistics and data collection. This is an annual event organized by the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The DICT was represented by Director Maria Teresa Magno Garcia of the National ICT Governance Service. Director Garcia presented updates on the Philippine participation in the ITU-led Big Data Pilot Study.

The aim of the EGH is to explore and develop new household-level ICT indicators, focusing on the following areas: 1) new indicators for monitoring e-commerce, 2) using household surveys to improve ICT skills measurement, 3) technical definition for smartphone as well as new indicators for smartphone adoption, 4) issues in the process of obtaining location of Internet use, and 5) improving data availability and disaggregation to increase inclusive ICT access and usage.

EGTI, on the other hand, examines contributions received from members of the EGTI online discussion forum. Some of the topics focused on revisions in ITU ICT price baskets, fixed-network coverage, fixed-broadband speeds, over-the-top (OTT) services and IP convergence, Internet of Things (IoT), spectrum allocation, as well as cybersecurity and other quantitative indicators.

A joint session was held, tackling data/dissemination/visualization and big data for official statistics. Updates on the ITU project Big Data for Measuring Information Society were also discussed.

The outputs from the meetings were presented in the World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium in Tunisia last 14-16 November 2017.

Keywords: ITU, Expert Group on Household Indicators, ITU Expert Group on Telecommunication/ICT Indicators, big data, ICT statistics