PH recovers in global ICT rankings, returns to 98th from 103rd

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The ?Measuring the Information Society Report,? which is the flagship report of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), put the Philippines at the 98th spot from last year?s 103rd rank. Although the survey found that the Philippines improved on its ranking, it merely returned to its former position two years ago. The year before that, the country was even ranked 94th. In Asia Pacific, the Philippines fared a little better than its neighbors by booking 15th place, ahead of Vietnam at 17th and Indonesia at 18th. Overall, South Korea was ranked at the top of the ICT Development Index (IDI), a composite measurement that ranks 167 countries according to their level of ICT access, use, and skills. It was closely followed by Denmark and Iceland, in second and third place. The top 30 ranking includes countries from Europe and high-income nations from other regions including Australia, Bahrain, Barbados, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Macao, New Zealand, Singapore, and the United States. Almost all countries surveyed improved their IDI ranking this year. ICT rank 2015 The report also revealed that 3.2 billion people are now online, representing 43.4% of the global population, while mobile-cellular subscriptions have reached almost 7.1 billion worldwide, with over 95% of the global population now covered by a mobile-cellular signal. The report also noted that all 167 economies included in the IDI improved their IDI values between 2010 and 2015 ? meaning that levels of ICT access, use, and skills continue to improve all around the world. By the end of this year, the report said 46% of households globally will have Internet access at home, up from 44% last year and just 30% five years ago, in 2010. In the developed world, 81.3% of households now have home Internet access, compared to 34.1% in the developing world, and just 6.7% in the 48 UN-designated Least Developed Countries (LDCs). Latest data show that growth in Internet use has slowed down, however, posting 6.9% global growth in 2015, after 7.4% growth in 2014. Nonetheless, the number of Internet users in developing countries has almost doubled in the past five years (2010-2015), with two thirds of all people online now living in the developing world. ict rank2 Fastest growth continues to be seen in mobile broadband, with the number of mobile-broadband subscriptions worldwide having grown more than four-fold in five years, from 0.8 billion in 2010 to an estimated 3.5 billion in 2015. The number of fixed-broadband subscriptions has risen much more slowly, to an estimated 0.8 billion today. Over 95% of the global population is now covered by mobile-cellular services, meaning that there are still an estimated 350 million people worldwide who live in places which are still out of reach of a mobile network ? a figure that has dropped from 450 million a year ago. But while 89% of the world?s urban population is now covered by a 3G network, only 29% of the world?s 3.4 billion people living in rural areas benefit from 3G coverage. The report also noted that while tremendous progress has been in made in terms of mobile-broadband affordability, fixed-broadband prices increased between 2013 and 2014, after falling consistently for a number of years. In the LDCs in particular, fixed-broadband services remain unaffordable, and most of the countries ranked at the bottom of the fixed-broadband basket are LDCs. ]]>

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