Field Detail
Theme Communication and Infrastructure
Code IT-1.4.1
MDG code MDG-8.16
Sub-theme Information Technology
Name Individual access to internet - internet users per 100 population (Census, DHS, MDG 8.16)
Definition The Internet is a linked global network of computers in which users at one computer, if they have permission, can get information from other computers in the network
Calculation/Formula Estimate number of internet users (from survey) / Total population x 100
Unit of Measure %
Assumptions Access to ICTs is key for economic and social development and is increasingly considered a basic right
Limitations Estimates are not very reliable in cases where the number of Internet users is based on the number of subscribers.
Purpose/Rationale Measures telecommunication access, and indirectly ability of govt agencies to reach population.
Policy Linkages National development plans (infrastructure).
Preferred Data Sources Ministry of Telecommunications
Alternative_Data Sources National Telecommunications regulators, NSO, ITU
Primary Data Collection System Survey - SPC contacting national ministries and agencies
Frequency of Data Collection Annual
Other agencies countries_ must report to: ITU
SPC Responsibility - Data Management EDD
Notes Must confirm this is a household value and does not include government and business listings
SPC Programme EDD
Numerator Estimate number of internet users (from survey)
Denominator Total population
Factor x 100
Other Metadata Link http://mdgs.un.org/unsd/mdg/Metadata.aspx