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The International Telecommunication Union publishes a new ICT development index allowing comparisons between 154 countries

The International Telecommunication Union has published a new information and communications technologies (ICT) index. It compares the evolution of ICT in 154 countries over a five-year period (2002-2007).

According to the ITU, “the Index combines 11 indicators into a single measure that can be used as a benchmarking tool globally, regionally, and at the country level. These are related to ICT access, use and skills, such as households with a computer, the number of Internet users, and literacy levels.

The most advanced countries in ICT are from Northern Europe. The exception is the Republic of Korea. Sweden tops the new ITU ICT Development Index, followed by the Republic of Korea, Denmark, the Netherlands, Iceland, and Norway. They are followed by other, mainly high-income countries from Europe, Asia, and North America. Western and Northern Europe and North America are the regions with the highest IDI scores, and most countries from these regions are among the top twenty ICT economies. Poor countries, in particular the least developed countries, remain at the lower end of the index, with limited access to ICT infrastructure, including fixed and mobile telephony, Internet, and broadband.”