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The Netherlands jumps to 6th place on the new Networked Readiness Index of the World Economic Forum

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

The Global Information Technology Report 2012: Living in a Hyperconnected World – the 11th edition of the renowned report put out by the World Economic Forum (in co-operation with the INSEAD business school) – was officially issued today.

The Netherlands jumps to 6th place on the new Networked Readiness Index of the World Economic Forum

 

The Global Information Technology Report 2012: Living in a Hyperconnected World – the 11th edition of the renowned report put out by the World Economic Forum (in co-operation with the INSEAD business school) – was officially issued today. The report focuses on the transformational impact of information and communication technology (ICT) on the economy and society. This time around, a record number of 142 countries have been included in the publication. The top-level institute INSCOPE: Research for Innovation, associated with Erasmus University Rotterdam, is the local partner of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and has collected part of the data for the Netherlands. The most important findings are:

  • World Economic Forum (WEF) has published the 11th edition of the Global Information Technology Report, with a strong focus on the impact of ICT on the competitive strength of 142 countries.
  • Optimum development and use of ICT are becoming ever more important to the economic development, social wellbeing and competitive strength in today’s hyperconnected economy.
  • The Netherlands has jumped from 11th to 6th place on the Networked Readiness Index.
  • The Netherlands has the highest rate of broadband internet penetration in the world (almost 40 subscriptions per 100 residents), the world’s most competitive internet and telephone market, the second-highest availability of computers in the population (92% of all households), as well as the third-highest percentage of people with internet access (almost 91% of households).
  • The Netherlands is doing fairly poorly in terms of mobile phone rates (occupies No. 87 position on a list of 142 countries), VAT rates (76th place) and, perhaps surprisingly, mobile telephony network coverage (70th place).
  • For the third year in a row, Sweden is the world’s No. 1 in optimizing opportunities offered by ICT, once again followed by Singapore and Finland.
  • Despite structural attempts by developing and emerging nations to make better use of ICT in growing their economies, the world’s Digital Gap very much remains a fact of life.

Click here to read the full report (in Dutch).

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