Russia 77th in Global ICT Report

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Apr. 13 – Russia has moved up three positions this year to 77th overall with improvements across the board, according to The Global Information Technology Report 2010-2011, Transformations 2.0, released yesterday by the World Economic Forum.

The report remains the world’s most comprehensive and authoritative international assessment of the impact of ICT on the development process and the competitiveness of nations.

According to the report, Russia can count on a fairly ICT-conducive infrastructure (42nd), built on the country’s satisfactory educational and research base together with rather high levels of individual readiness and usage (59th and 55th).

At the same time, a number of problematic features continue to prevent Russia from better leveraging ICT in its competitiveness landscape. Among these are its extremely poor market (118th) and regulatory (111th) environments and low levels of ICT readiness (90th) and use (72nd) by the business sector.

The country’s ICT market sales turnover is comparatively low and amounted to around US$62 billion at year-end in 2009, Ministry for Communications and Informatization data says.

Moreover, the lack of prioritization of the sector in the government agenda remains a reason for concern, with little government readiness (89th) and usage (96th).

Russia is holding 135th position on costs for residential phone installation at US$399. Business phone installation (133rd) is more expensive and cost US$594, but still less expensive then in majority of top ranked states.

On a red tape level, freedom of the press and property rights protection country is ranked to 127th position.

The most competitive Russia has come out on a broadband Internet subscribers indicator — almost 164 SIM cards on 100 persons (9th).

As for leaders, Sweden and Singapore continue to top the rankings, confirming the leadership of the Nordic countries and the Asian Tiger economies in adopting and implementing ICT advances for increased growth and development.

Finland jumps to third place, while Switzerland and the United States are steady in fourth and fifth place respectively.

China (36th) and India (48th) continue to lead BRIC economies despite India losing ground, Brazil is up five places at 56th, closing the gap on India.

The 10th anniversary edition of the report focuses on ICT’s power to transform society in the next decade through modernization and innovation. This year’s coverage includes a record number of 138 economies from both the developing and developed world, accounting for over 98 percent of global GDP.

The Networked Readiness Index (NRI) featured in the report examines how prepared countries are to use ICT effectively on three dimensions: the general business, regulatory and infrastructure environment for ICT, as well as the readiness of the three key societal actors — individuals, businesses and governments — to use and benefit from ICT, and their actual usage of available ICT.

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