Although ITU member states provide their market data to the Union, they have had to pay for access to ITU reports and statistics. Now they will be able to use them free of charge thanks to the Polish contribution developed by UKE in cooperation with the Ministry of Digital Affairs and presented at the ITU Council (15-25/05/2017).
What kind of data do member states submit to ITU?
Each year ITU member states provide the Union with information on the state of their telecommunications markets. The data comprise i.a. the number of subscribers of fixed and mobile telephony, mobile (3G and LTE) network coverage, fixed Internet connection bandwidth. The States inform ITU also about the telecommunications market revenues, market investment and the level of employment in the sector.
On the basis of that information ITU develops a number of reports, statistics and databases. Although since changes to information access policy a lot of publications had been available for free, access to the key outputs - ITU-D’s Indicators Database, Yearbook of Statistics, Trends in Telecommunications, SMS4DC software - still required paying high fees. Free access to co-created information
The proposal developed by UKE in consultation with the Ministry of Digital Affairs assumed abolition of fees for access to databases created jointly with the use of submissions from member states. The idea, presented at the last meeting of the ITU Council (of which Poland has been a member since 2010) in Geneva received broad support and will be implemented. It is written in the final report that the Committee recommends the Council to implement free online access to ITU publications, including reports, statistics and database indicators.
Thanks to this UKE will gain access to key information on the markets of other ITU member states. It will allow for a broader view on the Polish telecommunications market's place on the world map. UKE will also use the available global data in market and price analyses, including for the preparation of annual reports. Full access to ITU databases will also be useful for the preparation of efficient development strategies.
The content of the Polish contribution is available under the link below