The World Economic Forum released it’s annual Global Information Technology Report today, ranking countries based on infrastructure, cost of access, and overall skills. Four major trends are highlighted this year:
- Asian Tigers (Singapore, Taiwan, China) and Nordic countries (Finland, Sweden, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark) continue to dominate
- Digital divide in ICT infrastructure/benefits between developed and emerging countries
- Digital divide within regions of Europe, Asia, North Africa, South Saharan Africa, Middle East, and Latin America
- Investment threshold that influences ICT drivers and impact (ROI)
WEF’s research finds that “an increase of 10 percent in a country’s digitization score fuels a 0.75 percent growth in its GDP per capita. As an economic accelerant, digitization therefore is 4.7 times more powerful than the 0.16 percent average impact of broadband deployment on per capita GDP, according to several previous studies”.
The 2013 Networked Readiness Index (top 25):