There are many valuable studies around that measure how connected countries are.
The ITU has a whole database of ICT statistics. In the UK, OFCOM publishes it’s excellent annual communications market report every Autumn. Telecommunications industry analysts such as Ovum, Gartner, Forrester, Heavy Reading and the Yankee Group all publish detailed information on infrastructure growth rates, technology adoption, and investment.
In much analysis however, the bigger picture is missing. Measuring investment and growth of infrastructure only tells half the story. To make an analogy with the sporting world: your football team may have the best stadium and training facilities in the world, but if it lacks footballers with the necessary skill or sound management, it will never win the league.
To remedy this sort of analysis gap with regard to connectivity, we enlisted the help of Prof. Leonard Waverman and the international economic consulting firm LECG to evaluate the interplay between a country’s communications infrastructure with its “usage and the skills,” such as literacy, the use of enterprise software and the accessibility of women to ICT.
The result is the Connectivity Scorecard. By measuring “useful connectivity” it shows the extent to which governments, businesses and consumers make use of connectivity technologies to enhance social and economic prosperity.
They are split into two overall groups: Innovation-driven, and resource and efficiency-driven economies, as defined by the World Economic Forum. The countries are then ranked not against some arbitrary best possible score, but against the best performing peer across six categories. The leader in a particular category receives a score of 10 for that metric. The evaluation is necessarily complex (watch a video that explains the methodology here), but the study provides an invaluable overview of which countries are exploiting connectivity to the greatest extent and where they can learn from their peers.
As Prof. Waverman concludes: “All over the world, government ministers are consulting with their economics advisers on how to get their economies growing again. I believe the debate about the role ICT can play in stimulating growth is one that should be joined with great urgency. I am delighted that it is already happening in many countries, I would urge others to follow suit.”
See the new 2009 scorecard at connectivityscorecard.org.
Click on your country below to see more details of its score: