South Korea Tops ICT Developments Global Ranking For 3 Straight Years: ITU

By on October 7, 2013

For three years in a row, South Korea tops the ICT development ranking by ITU. Sweden ranked second, followed by Iceland, Denmark and Finland.

ITU has developed ICT Development Index (IDI) to measure development progress across countries, in terms of level of access, usage among citizens and skills among 157 economies worldwide.

ITU ICT Development Index 2012

There are five Asian economies represented in the top 20, namely South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Macao and Singapore. Most countries in the Asia region have declined in the IDI 2012 ranking compared to 2011 (see below). However, Mongolia (up 5 places) and Bangladesh (up 4 places) are two of the most dynamic countries in world, in terms of IDI improvements.

Only seven countries from the Asia region are above the world’s IDI average value of 4.35. And six countries from the Asia region are in the least connected countries category, with IDI of less than 2.33.

ICT Development Index of Selected Asian Economies, 2012
No. Country Rank 2012 (Rank 2011) IDI 2012
1 South Korea 1 (1) 8.57
2 Hong Kong, China 10 (10) 7.92
3 Japan 12 (8) 7.82
4 Macao, China 14 (13) 7.65
5 Singapore 15 (14) 7.65
6 Brunei Darussalam 58 (56) 5.06
7 Malaysia 59 (57) 5.04
8 China 78 (79) 4.18
9 Mongolia 85 (90) 3.92
10 Viet Nam 88 (86) 3.80
11 Thailand 95 (94) 3.54
12 Indonesia 97 (97) 3.43
13 Philippines 98 (98) 3.34
14 Sri Lanka 107 (107) 3.06
15 Cambodia 120 (121) 2.30
16 India 121 (120) 2.21
17 Laos 123 (122) 2.10
18 Pakistan 129 (128) 1.83
19 Myanmar 134 (132) 1.74
20 Bangladesh 135 (139) 1.73
Source: ITU, 2013

In terms of broadband affordability, ITU analysis shows that fixed-broadband cost has dropped 82% over the past four years, from 2008 to 2012. Macao has the cheapest fixed-broadband service in the world, in terms of GNI p.c., followed by Kuwait, United States, Switzerland and Luxembourg.

The Broadband Commission for Digital Development has set a specific benchmark for broadband affordability, which is less than 5% of gross national income per capita (GNI p.c.). Eight Asian economies have achieved the target, namely Macao, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Brunei, Sri Lanka and Malaysia.

Cost of Fixed-broadband of Selected Asian Economies, 2012
No. Country Rank 2012 % of GNI p.c.
1 Macao, China 1 0.2
2 Japan 8 0.7
3 Hong Kong, China 10 0.7
4 Singapore 14 0.8
5 South Korea 40 1.6
6 Brunei Darussalam 54 1.9
7 Sri Lanka 60 2.1
8 Malaysia 72 3.1
9 India 93 5.1
10 Mongolia 94 5.3
11 Thailand 98 5.6
12 China 99 5.6
13 Bangladesh 108 7.3
14 Indonesia 114 9.1
15 Viet Nam 119 11.3
16 Philippines 122 12.4
17 Pakistan 126 15.5
18 Pakistan 129 (128) 1.83
19 Nepal 133 17.8
20 Cambodia 140 34.0
Source: ITU, 2013






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