Get ready for acronym vomit: ITU's IDI, or the International Telecommunications Union's ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) Development Index, was just released and it compares developments in information and communication technologies in 154 countries over a five-year period from 2002 to 2007. The top 10 is mostly Northern and Western European countries with the exception of the Republic of Korea smashed in there. We rank No. 17 in a tie with New Zealand overall, but we've got the No. 2 spot in a different category...
The index combines scores on 11 different indicators, such as access to technology, households with a computer, literacy levels and the prices of telecommunication.
The overall top ten is:
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
Like we mentioned before, the US made it into the No. 17 spot on the overall list, but we ranked at a healthy No. 2 position in the chart that measures the affordability of access to information and communication technologies (that means we're almost as cheap as it gets—but not as cheap as Singapore, apparently). It combines the average cost of fixed telephone, mobile cellular and Internet broadband access.
For more detailed information on the entire study, or to witness a gratuitous use of the word 'telephony' (lol), check out the press relase from the International Telecommunications Union.
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