Chinese tech giant Huawei has announced the 2016 version of its Global Connectivity Index report at the Global Analyst Summit held in Shenzhen, China.
In its third year, the report measures the progress of 50 nations who are investing in and deploying information and communications technology in order to create digital economy.
The report also looks at 40 different indicators to see how each nation is progressing with its transformation in a digital economy. Some of the indicators include supply, demand and experience, as well as looking at five technology enablers: broadband, data centres, cloud, big data and IoT.
The report found that the greatest improvements globally were seen in broadband connectivity and speed, although some nations continued to make improvements in cloud, big data and Internet of Things technology.
Thailand ranks 34th with a score of 37, down slightly from last year’s ranking of 31.
Neighbouring Malaysia jumped four places to 25th, while Indonesia moved up two places to 41st. The gains of Malaysia and Indonesia are attributed to the development of new broadband networks which have been rolled out nationwide.
The report identifies nations in three different groups: Starters, who achieved a score between 20 and 34 and who are just starting out on their digital journey. Currently their digital infrastructure is not strong enough to influence GDP.
Adopters is the second group, and the group Thailand finds itself in. This group have scores between 35 and 55 and have a stronger digital infrastructure than the first group.
Frontrunners show the show the greatest digital development with scores above 55 and also show mature cloud, big data and IoT readiness
The United States, Singapore and Sweden make the top three in this year’s ranking, closely followed by Switzerland and the United Kingdom in fourth and fifth place, respectively.
The report also found that investing in digital infrastructure results in GD gains because it helps to increase the dynamism, efficiency and productivity of a nation’s economy.
“A revolutionary shift is occurring in the way the world works, with economies across the planet going digital fast. Nations that are in the early stages of economic digitization should develop long-term technology plans that include broadband and data centers to reap the benefits of enhanced growth,” said Kevin Zhang, President of Huawei Corporate Marketing.
“Developed economies wanting to capitalize on their frontrunner ICT status should invest more in cloud, big data, and IoT technologies and solutions to experience the full benefits of a digital economy.”
While Thailand may not have ranked particularly well, the upcoming rollout of 4G and continuing deployment of fibre optic broadband to more rural areas nationwide is expected to help Thailand improve its ranking in 2017.
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