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World E-Parliament Report 2012

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The World e-Parliament Report 2012 presents the latest data on the use and availability of systems, applications, hardware and tools in parliaments all over the world. The findings presented in the report are based on the results of the Global Survey of ICT in Parliaments 2012 conducted by the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament between February and May 2012. Comparisons are offered in the 2008 and 2010 editions. The report provides readers with concrete examples of the adoption of ICT in the most significant areas of parliamentary business. The report is intended to be read in conjunction with the 2008 and 2010 reports.

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Major global trends since 2010 and possible developments beyond 2012

Since the publication of the Word e-Parliament Report in 2010 the evolution of the information society has continued unabated with impressive achievements in terms of ICT growth and penetration. Key statistical highlights released in June 2012 by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) show that total mobile-cellular subscriptions reached almost 6 billion by end of 2011, corresponding to a global penetration of 86 per cent. This growth was driven by developing countries, which accounted for more than 80 per cent of the 660 million new mobile-cellular subscriptions added in 2011. By the end of 2011, there were 105 countries with more mobilecellular subscriptions than inhabitants, including African countries such as Botswana, Gabon, Namibia, Seychelles and South Africa.

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