Despite huge thrust on IT and e-governance India slipped by five places in the network readiness index as compared to last year
Samir Sachdeva | April 29, 2011
India has slipped from 43rd rank last year to 48th rank on the networked readiness index. The index is part of the global information technology report 2010-11 published by world economic forum and Insead business school.
Sweden tops the 2010–11 rankings for the second time followed by Singapore, Finland, Switzerland and United States.
China has consolidated its position at rank 36th after years of impressive progression in the rankings, It has leapfrogged 23 positions since 2006 and features among the 10 most dynamic countries worldwide. India’s neighbour Srilanka is ranked at 66 and Pakistan at 88.
India’s placement has come down due to poor marks in most education-related variables and the poor quality of its soft and hard infrastructures (81st). In other sub-indices the market environment in India is assessed at 41st despite the red tape. The high levels of competition and low cost of telephony has boosted India’s readiness at 33rd. India is ranked 21st for individual readiness, 33rd for business readiness and 47th for government readiness, though individual usage remains at 98th. The internet users remain at 5.12 per cent in the country and broadband internet subscribers at 0.65 per cent as per the report. Though the mobile telephony is growing exponentially which is improving the network coverage in the country.
The global information technology report 2010–2011 tries to imagine the new wave of transformations 2.0 . Report explores the ways in which ICT will further revolutionize the way social stakeholders work, interact, and conduct their lives, businesses, and transactions. It highlights best practices in ICT readiness and usage in order to showcase strategies and policies that have proven particularly successful in some specific country or region.
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