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ICT (information and communications technology - or technologies)

ICT (information and communications technology - or technologies) is an umbrella term that includes any communication device or application, encompassing: radio, television, cellular phones, computer and network hardware and software, satellite systems and so on, as well as the various services and applications associated with them, such as videoconferencing and distance learning. ICTs are often spoken of in a particular context, such as ICTs in education, health care, or libraries. The term is somewhat more common outside of the United States.

According to the European Commission, the importance of ICTs lies less in the technology itself than in its ability to create greater access to information and communication in underserved populations. Many countries around the world have established organizations for the promotion of ICTs, because it is feared that unless less technologically advanced areas have a chance to catch up, the increasing technological advances in developed nations will only serve to exacerbate the already-existing economic gap between technological "have" and "have not" areas. Internationally, the United Nations actively promotes ICTs for Development (ICT4D) as a means of bridging the digital divide.

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I want to study ICT, where must I start
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i like the course
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how can I go about understanding this module because it seems to be interesting courser
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it is the only goal i ever dream to learn and to graduate about ICT.
What are the qualifications required?
regards
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what is the benefit of ict in the world.
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Is there any short term course to study, especially in SEA? Over a decade in the US, sounds like never heard such term before, especially as I am a layman to IT Industry!!!! Or may be is I am just out-dated...
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I would like the course to reach the rest of the world as the world need technology to be used.
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interesting read indeed if it was not for eup I would stil be in the dark about technology
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please how would i be getting information on ict
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Whats component of ICT
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There are 6 components to an  ict system

  • Data: raw facts and figures.
  • Hardware: physical components.
  • Software: the name given to computer programs.
  • Information: data that is converted to give it a meaning.
  • Procedures: a series of actions conducted in a certain order to make sure the system runs smoothly.
  • People: data is entered by humans, for example a keyboard.
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ICT has the potential to set a level tech playing field for the world. But, of course, we need to use the devices we have and implement better training programs.

We already hold (most of) the technology in our hands and, interestingly, that same hand-held makes a passable recording and/or teaching device. All that's missing is the desire to learn, the willingness to educate and the availability of funds to make that practical on an international level.

The audience is vast, the need is great and the profit potential is limitless.
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The Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) sector is one of the most dynamic in Europe. Approximately 5.3 million people in the EU are employed in ICT jobs, in a market worth more than 670 billion €. The largest ICT markets are Germany, the UK, and France. But the division ranges at ICT product level. The largest software market is France, while Spain is the largest market for communications equipment.10 3 European markets currently allocate their IT budgets across the core areas of the market, namely hardware, software, IT services.
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I find this site interesting and educative. I therefore would like to be connected so that I can learn more of ICT and be able to use it for national development!
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Information is data that have been processed into meaningful form or data manipulated....
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