Macau offers best prices for access to information and communication technologies – UN

24 February 2010

Geneva, Switzerland, 24 Feb – Macau is the country or territory with the best prices for accessing information and communication technologies (ICTs) such as mobile and fixed telephony and the Internet, indicates a United Nations study released on Tuesday in Geneva.

The study on “Measuring the Information Society 2010” by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a UN-associated agency, also shows that among the 161 countries or territories analyzed in 2009, Portugal ranks 38th on the list of best ICT access prices, the highest position for a Portuguese language country.

Brazil ranks 87th, Cape Verde 105th, Angola 120th, Sao Tome and Principe 143rd and Mozambique 158th on the ITU list.

Following Macau on the list of most affordable ICT consumer prices are Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuwait, Luxembourg and the United States, in that order.

The ITU indicates that ICT prices fell in almost all the 161 countries or territories.

Regarding access to ICTs, Sweden ranks first, followed by Luxembourg, South Korea and Denmark. The USA is 19th on this list, while Chad holds the last position.

The UN agency indicates that “despite the economic crisis, the use of information and communication technologies such as mobile telephony and Internet continues to grow around the world.”

The study also examines progress in access to information and communication services by regions, among other topics.