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6th November 2010. Nepal has ranked 142nd among 159 countries in the ICT Development Index (IDI) 2010 published by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the UN agency for Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
Nepal slipped one-notch from the previous rank of 141st in 2007. ITU’s recent report, Measuring the Information Society 2010, is based on the development in ICT in 2008.
India has ranked 117, Bhutan 123, Pakistan 128 and Bangladesh 137.
The report says, despite the economic crisis, use of ICT-based services such as mobile phones and the internet had continued to grow worldwide. By the end of 2009, there were an estimated 4.5 billion mobile cellular subscriptions, corresponding to 67 per 100 inhabitants globally.
Likewise, the report mentions, internet penetration reached 64 percent in the developed countries and 18 percent in the developing countries.
In 2009, an estimated 26 percent of the world population or 1.7 billion people were using the internet. The percentage remained much higher in the developed countries compared to the developing world where four out of five people are still excluded from cyberspace.