According to the Global Information Technology Report 2016, the index that measures how economies use the opportunities offered by information and communications technologies (ICT) to improve the competitiveness and well-being, that has been published by the World Economic Forum, Singapore was awarded with the first place, ahead of Finland, Sweden, Norway and the United States.
In the ‘top ten’ we can also find the Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Luxembourg and Japan. Among European countries, Germany is 15th, France 24th, Ireland 25th and Spain 35th.
Scrolling down we can find Poland (42nd) and – non-EU – Costa Rica (44th). Italy is shortly before Macedonia (46th) and remains far away from the big, penalized in particular by legislation and also constrained by the delay on broadband.
To realize the ‘virtual chart’ they have been consider four macro-categories in the final ranking: the regulatory and business environment, the availability of networks in terms of infrastructure, cost and skills, the use by citizens, companies and public administration and finally the economic and social impact.