New ICT study to emphasize technology's impact on economic growth

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Chile's new biannual ICT study will differ from similar investigations because of its emphasis on gauging technology's impact on overall economic growth, the president of local IT industry association Acti, Raul Ciudad, told BNamericas.

The research "will not only look at how much [technology] is being purchased, but also how it influences the different segments where the purchases are made," he said. "This is an integral measurement of development."

The study - which will be carried out by Acti in conjunction with international tech consultancy IDC; Chilean telecoms operator Movistar, part of the Telefonica (NYSE: TEF) group; and Chile's economy ministry - analyzes ICT adoption in the residential, corporate, and government and education segments, according to a presentation by IDC's senior analyst in Chile, Lorena Vega.

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Focus areas in the residential segment include PCs, mobile phones, broadband and cable TV, while ICT expenditures in hardware, software and services, and mobility will be placed under the microscope in the corporate segment, she said.

Finally, the study will hone its government and education sector analysis on e-government activities, overall government ICT expenditures, state education program Enlaces and both internet connectivity levels and student-to-computer ratios in schools.

Information will be compiled from sources such as IDC and government agency records. The first results will be available in March, with a second round on tap for October, Vega said.

The analyst noted that the organizations responsible for the study will consider repeating their work internationally, thus allowing for comparisons between Chile and other countries.

Speaking on behalf of the government, economy ministry undersecretary Tomas Flores said the study will also complement related measures, such as new legislation that streamlines the creation of new companies.

Other ICT evaluations carried out on a regular basis in Chile include Spanish consultancy everis' ICT index Information Society Indicator (ISI) and Cisco's (Nasdaq: CSCO) broadband barometer.