One of the main reasons for collecting and disseminating indicators data at the regional level is currency. By the time the ITU puts out its reports, two years have gone by, and the data are of historical value in these fast-changing times. Despite knowing all this, even we got tripped up this time. In attempting to release mobile and broadband benchmarks at the same time, we delayed the release of the mobile data collected and analyzed in early October and were overtaken by events. In the future, the data will be released without delay.
In early October, the relative positions of the four lowest-price countries (Bangladesh, Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka) had changed only slightly, with India becoming slightly cheaper than Pakistan and Sri Lanka falling back from the group a little. With the recent major price cuts in Sri Lanka, it is likely that the gap has reduced.
It is also noteworthy that the average minutes of use in the region has increased since February 2009.