New Zealand’s information and communications technology (ICT) ranking on the world stage is on the rise, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF).
The 2019 Global Competitiveness Index update from the WEF, released on 8 October, compares countries’ competitiveness according to several criteria, including ICT adoption, macro-economic stability and infrastructure, among other elements.
In the latest rankings report, New Zealand’s ranking for ICT adoption moved up two places, from 23rd in 2018 to come in this year at 21st out of 140 nations worldwide.
Breaking down the ICT adoption category into several subcategories, the rankings revealed that the country’s mobile-cellular telephone subscriptions per 100 people was a major factor in the rankings boost, with that particular element scoring 100 (out of 100), according to the WEF’s ranking system.
On its own, New Zealand’s mobile-cellular telephone subscriptions per 100 people rate was ranked 28th out of the 140 countries around the world included in the report, up from 2018’s ranking of 30.
Interestingly, NZ mobile broadband subscription rates were ranked 20th in the world tally. Last year, the ranking was 26.
At the same time, fixed-broadband internet subscriptions per 100 people in the country came in at 19, with a score of 69.4, an increase on last year’s score of 67.2 and ranking of 20. Switzerland topped the world in that particular subcategory.
For fibre internet connections, the ranking was 28, a marked improvement on the previous year’s ranking of 35.
New Zealand’s ranking for internet users moe generally was 17, with a score of 88.5. While the ranking itself remained the same as last year’s, the score was higher than 2018’s 88.5.
Altogether, New Zealand (76.7) was ranked 6th within the East Asia and the Pacific region, and 19th overall, one down from the previous year’s ranking of 18.
Comparatively, Australia’s ranking in the adoption of technology fell in the past year, with the country coming in at 29 for ICT adoption. China and the Russian Federation were ranked 19th and 22nd, respectively, in the category.