PH stays at 86th place in global ICT rankings

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Sweden (1st) and Singapore (2nd) topped the rankings in this year?s report in leveraging information and communications technologies to boost country competitiveness. Switzerland (5th), the Netherlands (6th), the United States (8th), Canada (9th) and the United Kingdom (10th) also showed strong performances in the top 10. However, ICT readiness in sub-Saharan Africa is still low, with most countries showing significant lags in connectivity due to insufficient development of ICT infrastructure, which remains too costly, and displaying poor skill levels that do not allow for an efficient use of the available technology. Even in those countries where ICT infrastructure has been improved, ICT-driven impacts on competitiveness and well-being trailed behind, resulting in a new digital divide. Despite improvements in many drivers of competitiveness, the BRICS countries ? led by China (51st) ? still faced important challenges to more fully adopt and leverage ICT. An insufficient skills base and institutional weaknesses, especially in the business environment, presented a number of shortcomings that stifle entrepreneurship and innovation. With a record coverage of 142 economies worldwide, the report remained the most comprehensive and authoritative international assessment of the impact of ICT on competitiveness and the well-being of nations. After a two-year review process, the Networked Readiness Index (NRI) featured in the report has evolved to ensure that it captures the main drivers of a rapidly changing ICT industry and remains relevant for public- and private-sector decision-makers. The NRI has increased its focus on the impacts of ICT to better align with areas of public policy. It has added new, relevant indicators such as mobile broadband subscriptions, and dropped other outdated indicators. Under the theme ?Living in a Hyperconnected World?, the report explored the causes and consequences of living in an environment where the Internet is accessible and immediate; people and businesses can communicate instantly; and machines are interconnected. The exponential growth of mobile devices, big data, and social media is a driver of this process of hyperconnectivity and, consequently, fundamental transformations in all areas of society are being witnessed. The Networked Readiness Index uses a combination of data from publicly available sources and the results of the Executive Opinion Survey, an annual survey conducted by the WEF in collaboration with partner institutes The report contained detailed country profiles for the 142 economies featured in the study, providing a snapshot of each economy?s level of ICT uptake and economic and social impacts. ]]>

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