In the report's Network Readiness Index (NRI), which reflects the degree of readiness of a country to benefit from Information and Communications Technology (ICT) development, Taiwan's ranking soared eight places from 15th in 2004-2005 to seventh place among 115 countries.
Top ranking went to the United States, followed by Singapore. Taiwan is thus ranked second in Asia, only behind Singapore, and ahead of Hong Kong (11th), South Korea (14th), Japan (16th) and well ahead of the People's Republic of China, which ranked 50th in the survey. The rise of Taiwan as an ICT powerhouse in the last three decades is a result of intelligent public policies and public-private synergies in the ICT sector. Reasons for the sharp jump in Taiwan's ranking included continued input of government and private sector resources into related research and development and technological innovation and the active promotion of the 'Digital Taiwan' and 'Mobile Taiwan' plans which have reduced digital gaps and spread broad-band, mobile phone and internet usage.
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