Information economy report 2013

The cloud economy and developing countries

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The Information Economy Report 2013 contributes a nuanced appraisal of the potential role and value of cloud computing in developing and transition economies. It does so by looking at three main areas: current status of the cloud economy in developing countries, potential impacts and, building on these, elaborates on policy and regulatory approaches to facilitate adoption and use of the cloud and to maximize gains from it. This is the first time a United Nations Secretariat report examines the implications of cloud computing for developing countries.



Trends in the cloud economy and related infrastructure

The market for cloud services is growing rapidly, but is still small in developing countries. While the supply side of the cloud economy is dominated by global cloud service providers headquartered in the United States, various regional and local players are also emerging in different parts of the world. The ability to leverage the opportunities created by cloud computing — on the supply as well as demand side — is greatly influenced by the quality of ICT infrastructure. As the shift towards the cloud continues, the digital divide becomes less a question of basic access and more about the quality of use.


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