Huawei introduced earlier this month the 2015 Global Connectivity Index (GCI), which provides a follow up to the results presented last year when the first edition of the Index was created. For those who are not familiar, the Global Connectivity Index benchmarks 50 countries in terms of ICT, Connectivity and digital transformation.
According to Huawei, the Index provides indications as to which countries and regions are best positioned to develop and grow, and can act as a guideline for ICT planners and policy makers looking to target the digital economy.
The 2015 study suggests that a 20% increase in ICT investments will boost a country’s GDP by 1%. It recommends policy makers to look at cloud services, data, broadband, datacentres, and the internet of things as potential key investment areas.
Compared to the first edition of the GCI, the 2015 edition has introduced more comprehensive and developed methodologies. This includes a large increase in both ICT variables as well as the number of countries that have been analyzed. This year’s GCI also includes insight into correlation variables that are important when assessing investment targets.
According to the 2015 GCI, the United States ranks first place among the surveyed countries, on the strength of robust supply and demand of ICT services, and an advanced state of adoption. Sweden, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom make up the top five countries, together with the US.
Meanwhile, Chile, China, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) lead the developing markets, with all three countries ranking in the high teens to low twenties overall. In Europe, six countries (Spain, Italy, Portugal, Czech Republic, Poland and Romania) were ranked as “followers”, suggesting there is still work ahead for Europe in light of its ambitions of a fully developed and integrated Single Digital Market.
Kevin Zhang, President of Huawei Corporate Marketing, said: “The Global Connectivity Index is not merely a ranking of countries. We see it as a platform to partner with policymakers and enterprise leaders to identify, harness, and create new digital economy opportunities with the aim of building a Better Connected World.”