Role of Internet Penetration in Economic Development

How to Prioritize a Collaborative Approach to Bridge the Digital Divide in Emerging Markets?

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The information technology and mobile phone revolution is bringing much needed economic change to emerging countries. However, the pace of growth requires rapid acceleration. As of 2014, 60% of the global population did not have access to the Internet—with 56% out of this 60% living in emerging countries. The study examines the need for a collaborative approach between the public sector, private sector, consumers, and non-governmental organizations to achieve an inclusive information society by means of complete commitment to each constituent’s respective role. Successful bridging of the digital divide in a country will have positive effects across different sectors such as education, healthcare, energy, and governance.

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Role of Internet Penetration in Economic DevelopmentExecutive SummaryExecutive SummaryExecutive Summary (continued)Economic Insights—Micro Boom: Definitions and Tie-insEmerging Market Innovation (EMI)—A Journey from Macro to MicroWhat Are Economic Insight Micro Booms?Economic Insight—Micro Booms: What is the Structured Approach?Introduction—Scope and Research MethodologyIssue-Based Brainstorming around Mega Trends, Economic Convergence, and Emerging MarketsResearch MethodologyFirst Base—Business InsightsBusiness InsightsGlobal Internet Users’ Growth to Follow an “S” CurveThe Growth Rates of Global Connectivity is not ImpressiveFactors Responsible for 60% of Global Population Being OfflineHow is Internet Penetration Related to Economic Growth?Underlying Factors Influencing Internet Development in a CountryThe Internet Ecosystem Responsible for Economic TransformationStakeholder Roles—Smooth Functioning of the Internet EcosystemBridging the Digital Divide Will Affect Seven Different Aspects"D.E.E.P-K.I.C ” Measures the Readiness of Internet ProliferationSecond Base—Growth InsightsGrowth InsightsWhat Will Make Broadband Affordable in Emerging Markets?Defining Internet Affordability—Data Use CasesResponsible Factors for Growth of Internet Users in Emerging MarketsGlobal and Regional Smartphone Penetration and Smartphone ShipmentsA Journey from Voice to Data with Mobile Broadband AdoptionDemographic Shift in Favour of Emerging MarketsDemographic Differences Between Online and Offline Population in Emerging MarketsThird Base—Profit InsightsProfit InsightsHow Will Measures to Bridge the Digital Divide Affect Global Internet Penetration?How Far is Internet Penetration Dependant on D.E.E.P-K.I.C Scores?The “S” Curve of Internet Growth and D.E.E.P-K.I.C Country GroupsPrescriptive Approach for Bridging the Digital DivideHow Will the Internet Affect Education and Healthcare?How Will the Internet Affect Energy and Governance?Internet-led Education and Healthcare Sector Growth by 2025Internet led Energy and Governance Sector Growth by 2025Conclusion and Key TakeawaysConclusion and Key TakeawaysLegal DisclaimerAppendixRegression Result SummaryIndicators Used In D.E.E.P-K.I.C Index ModelIndicators Used In D.E.E.P-K.I.C Index Model (continued)




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