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Indicator name

5.b.1. Proportion of individuals who own a mobile telephone, by sex

Target name

5.b. Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women

  1. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from Kyrgyzstan statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from Kyrgyz statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other Kyrgyz-specific metadata information.

Geographical coverage

Кыргызская Республика

Unit of measurement

В процентах среди населения в возрасте 15 лет и старше


The proportion of individuals who own a mobile telephone, by sex is defined as the ‘proportion of individuals who own a mobile telephone, by sex’.


An individual owns a mobile cellular phone if he/she has a mobile cellular phone device including that not registered under his/her name with at least one active SIM card for personal use. Mobile cellular phones supplied by employers that can be used for personal reasons (to make personal calls, access the Internet, etc.) are included. A mobile (cellular) telephone refers to a portable telephone subscribing to a public mobile telephone service using cellular technology

Rationale and interpretation

Mobile phone networks have spread rapidly over the last decade and the number of mobile-cellular subscriptions is quasi equal to the number of the people living on earth. However, not every person uses, or owns a mobile-cellular telephone. Mobile phone ownership, in particular, is important to track gender equality since the mobile phone is a personal device that, if owned and not just shared, provides women with a degree of independence and autonomy, including for professional purposes.

Method of computation

The proportion of population who own a mobile telephone is defined as the proportion of individuals aged 15 and older who own a personal mobile telephone, calculated by the formula: y = n / N * 100 , where n = number of individuals who own a personal mobile telephone N = total number of people aged 15 and older

Comments and limitations
Quality assurance
Data availability and gaps

The indicator is broken down by regions, urban/rural locations, age group and educational level

Comparability with international data/standards

No data discrepancies. ITU uses the data provided by countries, including the in-scope population that is used to calculate the percentages. Data are usually not adjusted, but discrepancies in the definition, age scope of individuals, reference period or the break in comparability between years are noted in a data note. For this reason, data are not always strictly comparable.

References and documentation

KR National SDG Reporting Platform:

Data sources

Integrated Household Budget and Labour Force Sample Survey

Data collection methods

Data collected through quarterly questionnaire №1 «Household control card» and annual questionnaire №2 «Socio-demographic characteristics of household residents», section 4 «Knowledge and skills of household members» using a cluster sample built on the latest available Census data and up-to-date housing lists. The IHBLFSS polls use computer assisted personal interviews (ComputerAssisted Personal Interview, CAPI).

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This table provides information about the supplier of the data


National Statistical Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic (Household Statistics Division)

Contact person(s)/focal point

Kerimalieva N.K.

Contact person's email

Contact person's phone

(0312) 32 46 91

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