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NOK 46 billion value added in the ICT-sector
The information- and communication technology sector (ICT) produced value added of NOK 46 billion in 1998, counting for 4.1 per cent of the gross domestic product and 7.0 per cent of value added in the mainland economy except public administration.
Value added in the ICT-sector grows more rapidly than the total gross domestic product, and the sector's importance in the economy is increasing. In 1996 value added in the ICT-sector counted for 3.4 per cent of the total gross domestic product and 6.0 per cent of value added in the mainland economy except public administration. In 1998 these shares had increased to 4.1 and 7.0 per cent respectively.
In figure 2 value added in the ICT-sector is compared with other industries. By this measure the ICT-sector was of the same size as construction and transport activities except water transport. On the other hand, value added in the ICT-sector was significantly less than in manufacturing and in the oil and gas industry.
The telecommunications industry produced value added of NOK 14 billion in 1998. That counted for 31 per cent of the total value added in the ICT-sector, and by this measure the group telecommunications was the largest industry in the ICT-sector. Trade in the ICT gave a value added of NOK 13.6 billion and for computer and related services value added amounted to NOK 12.2 billion. These industries counted for 29.8 and 26.8 per cent of the total ICT-sector respectively. Inthe ICT-manufacturing the value added amounted to NOK 5.7 billion, counting for 12.4 per cent of total ICT-sector value added.
The ICT sector is here defined on the basis of a recommendation by the OECD. Conferring with the other Nordic countries, however, we have used a rather more precise definition than that used by the OECD regarding wholesaling in the ICT. Using the international definition as a basis, the ICT sector in 1998 would have had a value added of NOK 53 billion, counting for 4.8 per cent of the gross domestic product and 8.2 per cent of value added in the mainland economy except public administration. This definition, however, includes wholesaling activities that have little to do with the ICT. (See About the Statistics.)
All figures in this article exclude VAT.