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December 1, 2015

UK beats US in global ICT-ready race

News: The UK has upped its digital game in the last five years, says the ITU.

By Alexander Sword

The United Kingdom is the fourth most developed country in terms of ICT in the world, ahead of other digital hubs such as the US.

According to a report by the International Telecommunication Union, which assessed different countries across a variety of factors to score them on the ICT Development Index, the UK came in only behind South Korea, Denmark and Iceland.

This put the UK ahead of the USA, which came 15th, Germany at 14th, France at 17th and China at 9th.

The report also compared the UK to its performance on the indicators in 2010, where it came in tenth, showing that it has advanced while many other countries have remained static.

The report assessed countries in terms of their ICT access, which included the number of fixed and mobile telephone subscriptions, the amount of bandwidth available per user, and the percentages of households with a computer and with internet access.

It also looked at usage, including the percentage of individuals using the internet, the fixed and mobile broadband subscriptions per inhabitant. Finally, it included ICT skills such as adult literacy rate, secondary gross enrolment ratio and tertiary gross enrolment ratio.

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