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World Digital Economy - E-Government, E-Health and E-Education Transforming Services

NEW YORK, Dec. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue:

World Digital Economy - E-Government, E-Health and E-Education Transforming Services

Vital services depend on internetThe latest annual publication by BuddeComm titled: Global Digital Economy – E-Government, E-Heath and E-Education provides key global insights and statistics for these increasingly important sectors which are becoming vital in society.

After some five years of public debate on the national broadband network it is heartening to see that more and more people are getting the message that the network means more than just fast internet access. Increasingly key decision-makers in business and government are reaching an understanding of the transformation that is underway in the economy and the importance of developments in e-health, e-government and e-education to society.

Progress in e-education is moving at an enormous pace and already some schools are limiting the number of printed text books – some are going totally e-book. With over a million children now with laptops it is only a matter of time before the education system switches over. The savings in books and other printed material alone will pay for this digital revolution. South Korean schools will be entirely e-book-based by 2015.

Changes in e-health are following the same path, with electronic patient records slowly being introduced and health insurance schemes starting to refund e-health services. This will be a user-driven development as it is more likely that the users will be able to adapt to e-health much faster than the healthcare system can deliver it.

This will clear the way for a whole new e-health industry, worth billions of dollars. One only has to look at some of the e-heath systems linked to the high-end private hospitals in the USA to see what is in store. They use their e-health facilities as a major marketing tool to attract customers, not just to the actual hospital, but to all of the other facilities around it. The add-on revenues are significant.

Many e-government services on offer around the world already provide citizens with relatively sophisticated services and the establishment of a fibre-based broadband network may see governments improve and broaden the range of web services even further. In addition, mobile services are being incorporated in service offerings and cloud computing is becoming integrated. The Internet of Things (IoT) and M2M will also impact upon this sector.Those who are still talking about broadband as an end in itself; do not understand the situation. Broadband is simply the tool that will further enable and advance the digital economy.

It is also important that governance of the Internet is carefully considered and net neutrality maintained. The debate about the control of the internet is intensifying, with interesting discussions in December 2012 in Dubai at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) organised by the ITU, which BuddeComm has provided analyses on in this annual publication.

The exciting developments occurring in the video-based and television broadcasting sector as well as tele-presence will also impact upon these important emerging social services. This report aims to capture the key trends occurring in e-health, e-government and e-education on a global level and also provides valuable insights into the regional developments.

Market Highlights

$2.5 trillion

In June 2011 the OECD highlighted that the strength and dynamism of the Internet depends on its ease of access to high speed networks, openness, and on user confidence;

It is becoming recognised that the importance of internet infrastructure goes far beyond trivial entertainment purposes and it is actually a national utility that delivers important social and economic benefits beyond telco profits;

Maintaining net neutrality is important to the progress and innovation of these valuable social services;

The education sector is shaping up as a leader in the rapidly evolving digital society. Large numbers of schools and institutions have embarked on tele-education extensions to their curriculum. Some are perhaps not particularly high-tech but, in general, great beginnings have been made;

E-health and m-health in particular is an example of how broadband is important for social reasons beyond Internet access, especially in the developing markets of the world;

The Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region as a whole shows a large variety of e-health initiatives, particularly in the area of long-distance medicine, to promote health care in remote areas;

The Internet holds the potential to bring vast improvements in key areas where Africa lags behind most of the rest of the world: government, health and education;

South Korea has consistently ranked in the top ten of the United Nations Global E-Government Survey;

Access to e-services in the Middle East is improving due to improved broadband access in terms of speeds, cost and availability. Much of the growth in recent years has been underpinned by mobile broadband;

The Australian Government is a leader in strategic trans-sector thinking, linking e-health developments to the National Broadband Network;European governments have put in place various mechanisms to exploit the region's fixed-line and mobile broadband infrastructure to enable citizens to interact with a number of government agencies.Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.

1. Internet is Important to Society and Economy1.1 The Essential Internet Economy1.1.1 The issue is the digital economy, not broadband1.1.2 Infrastructure essential for the digital economy1.1.3 Can we fast-track the digital economy?1.1.4 The emergence of mega-communities1.1.5 Key sectors for the digital economy1.1.6 Key requirements of the digital economy1.1.7 Conclusion: digital economy services1.2 The Future of the Internet1.2.1 Is the future of the internet at risk?1.2.2 Is the WCIT indeed wicked?- Analysis late 20121.2.3 Net neutrality1.2.4 Interests at play1.2.5 Telcos cannot wind back the clock1.2.6 How to move forward?1.2.7 Vindication from the OECD2. E-Government Trends and Insights2.1 Global E-Government Market Overview and Statistics2.1.1 Market summary2.1.2 Market insights2.1.3 Published studies3. E-Health Trends and Insights3.1 Global E-Health Market Overview and Statistics3.1.1 Healthcare – next sector on the block for e-transformation3.1.2 Market summary3.1.3 E-health in the context of BuddeComm research3.1.4 Key market directions3.1.5 Privacy and security a key concern3.1.6 Examples of projects and applications3.1.7 Case studies3.1.8 Conclusion: There simply is no alternative to e-health4. E-Education Trends and Insights4.1 Global E-Education Market Overview and Statistics4.1.1 Market summary4.1.2 What is happening with e-education?4.1.3 Tele-education – the quiet achiever4.1.4 Market Insights4.1.5 Digital education approaching reality5. E-Security and E-Governance Trends and Insights5.1 Global E-Security Overview5.1.1 E-security and e-governance5.1.2 E-security and key e-services5.1.3 Recent developments5.2 Global Net Neutrality Overview5.2.1 Introduction5.2.2 Network neutrality – a global issue5.2.3 Carriers in competition with content providers5.2.4 Network neutrality and non-discrimination5.2.5 Recent developments 5.2.6 Case study: USA5.2.7 In the global context6. Towards a Future of Smart Cities, Buildings and Communities6.1 Smart Communities Overview6.1.1 Introduction 6.1.2 Building smart cities to ease the stress7. Regional Overviews7.1 North America7.1.1 Smart cities overview7.2 Latin America7.2.1 Overview7.2.2 E-Health7.2.3 E-Education7.2.4 E-Government7.3 Europe7.3.1 European e-Health Overview7.3.2 Europe's facilitating infrastructure7.3.3 EC support for infrastructure7.3.4 E-Government initiatives7.3.5 E-Health initiatives7.3.6 E-education initiatives7.3.7 Europe - Smart Cities7.4 Africa7.4.1 Regional insights - Africa7.5 Middle East7.5.1 Overview7.5.2 E-Government7.5.3 E-Education7.5.4 E-Health7.6 Asia7.6.1 Singapore7.6.2 Malaysia7.6.3 Pakistan7.6.4 Philippines7.6.5 Indonesia7.6.6 South Korea7.6.7 China7.6.8 Mongolia7.6.9 Japan7.7 Pacific Region7.7.1 Australia 7.7.2 New Zealand7.7.3 South Pacific8. Glossary of AbbreviationsTable 1 – Worldwide connected devices - 2011; 2020Table 2 – Global e-commerce spending – 2011 - 2013Table 3 – Visitors to top fifteen web properties worldwide – June 2010; March 2011Table 4 – Worldwide Internet users – 2000 - 2012Table 5 – Global investment in e-government – 2010 - 2016Table 6 – EIU digital economy ranking – top 15 countries – 2010Table 7 – EIU e-readiness ranking – top 15 countries – 2009Table 8 – Waseda University e-government ranking – top 10 countries – 2010; 2011Table 9 – Brookings Institution – highest e-government rankings – 2008Table 10 – Spending on healthcare as a percentage of GDP – selected countries – 2009Table 11 – Worldwide fixed broadband subscribers and annual change – 2005 - 2012Table 12 – Worldwide - Top 10 countries by fixed broadband subscribers – 2008 - 2010Table 13 – Regional - Share of broadband subscribers – Q1 2011Table 14 – Worldwide e-learning and m-learning market value 2010; 2015Table 15 – Worldwide IT security spending – 2011; 2012; 2016Table 16 – Visitors to top web properties worldwide – 2008; June 2009; May 2011Table 17 – Latin America - fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2001 - 2012Table 18 – E-learning user market volume in South Korea – 2004 - 2008Table 19 – Overview of e-government rankings in selected South Pacific countries – 2012Chart 1 – Worldwide market share of M2M connections – 2011; 2020Chart 2 – Worldwide Internet users – 2000 - 2012Exhibit 1 – Digital economy – key developmentsExhibit 2 – Popular online activitiesExhibit 3 – European Commission e-commerce five priorities - 2012Exhibit 4 – Online retail market - regional overviewExhibit 5 – Examples of popular online retail websites around the worldExhibit 6 – Security still a key issueExhibit 7 – Faster broadband speeds offer more than just fast internetExhibit 8 – Explanation – optical fibreExhibit 9 – Selected examples of countries with planned ICT infrastructure investmentExhibit 10 – Implications of ending net neutralityExhibit 11 – Definition: E-GovernmentExhibit 12 – Examples of Web 2.0 tools available to governmentsExhibit 13 – Examples of common web based e-government applicationsExhibit 14 – Faster broadband speeds offer more than just fast internetExhibit 15 – Definition: Cloud computing Exhibit 16 – Examples of key Cloud modelsExhibit 17 – Examples of government cloud projectsExhibit 18 – United Nations e-government development ranking – top 20 countries – 2010; 2012Exhibit 19 – The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) annual Digital Economy Rankings criteriaExhibit 20 – Countries with low e-government presenceExhibit 21 – Snapshot of health care spending around the worldExhibit 22 – Broadband enabling better chronic disease management in Geelong AustraliaExhibit 23 – Video consultancy covered by MedicareExhibit 24 – Advantages of e-healthExhibit 25 – Examples of popular health related websites Exhibit 26 – Digital healthcare appointment systemsExhibit 27 – Healthcare monitoring for the elderlyExhibit 28 – Definition: Cloud computingExhibit 29 – BuddeComm insightsExhibit 30 – E-Health project examplesExhibit 31 – A shared vision of the future of educationExhibit 32 – Advantages of e-learningExhibit 33 – Sample of e-learning ASP market participantsExhibit 34 – South Korea: stimulating broadband by spending on e-educationExhibit 35 – Popular Learning Management Systems (LMS)Exhibit 36 – Connect To LearnExhibit 37 – iTunes UExhibit 38 – Examples of open source e-learning projectsExhibit 39 – Net neutrality must remainExhibit 40 – Implications of ending net neutralityExhibit 41 – Norway a leader in net neutralityExhibit 42 – South Korea rankings in UN global e-government survey: 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012Exhibit 43 – South Korea e-government stages: 1980s – presentExhibit 44 – e-Mongolia programme – targets 2012; 2015

To order this report:e-Government Industry: World Digital Economy - E-Government, E-Health and E-Education Transforming Services

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