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New Zealand's strong ICT sector ranked 17th on global index

07 Jul 2016

New Zealand's ICT sector is strong and vibrant, ranking 17th out of 139 countries, according to the World Economic Forum's Global Information Technology Report.

New Zealand is 17th place in the Networked Readiness Index, ranking the country just one place above Australia, which falls in at 18th place.

The index, which is broken down into five sub-indexes and ten specific pillars, ranks New Zealand number one in three separate categories including judicial independence and the number of days to start a business, but comes in at 100th place for Internet & telephony competition. Statistics from the report show New Zealand's highest and lowest rankings out of 139 countries in each category.

The environment sub-index - overall ranking: 2/139

Pillar 1: Political and regulatory environment

Highest ranking (1/139): Judicial independence

Lowest ranking (18/139): Number of procedures to enforce a contract

Pillar 2: Business and innovation environment

Highest rankings (1/139): Number of days to start a business and number of procedures to start a business

Lowest ranking (69/139): Government procurement of advanced technology

Readiness sub-index - overall ranking: 24/139

Pillar 3: Infrastructure

Highest ranking (16/139): Electricity production, kWh/capita

Lowest ranking (97/139): Mobile network coverage, % of population

Pillar 4: Affordability

Highest ranking (95/139): Fixed broadband internet tariffs, PPP $/month

Lowest ranking: (100/139): Internet & telephony competition

Pillar 5: Skills

Highest ranking (7/139): Quality of education system

Lowest ranking: (12/139): Secondary education gross enrolment rate

Usage sub-index - overall ranking: 17/139

Pillar 6: Individual usage

Highest ranking (16/139): Mobile broadband subscription/100 population

Lowest ranking (74/139): Mobile phone subscriptions/100 population

Pillar 7: Business usage

Highest ranking (11/139): Firm-level technology absorption

Lowest ranking (24/139): ICT use for B2B transactions

Pillar 8: Government usage

Highest ranking (10/139): Importance of ICTs to government vision

Lowest ranking (24/139): Government success in ICT promotion

Impact sub-index - overall ranking: 25/139

Pillar 9: Economic impacts

Highest ranking (18/139): Knowledge-intensive jobs, % workforce

Lowest rankings (23/139): ICT PCT patents, applications/million pop and Impact of ICTs on organisational models

Pillar 10: Social impacts

Highest ranking (14/139): Internet access in schools

Lowest ranking (27/139): ICT use & government efficiency

Read the entire report here and the New Zealand-specific data here.

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