South Korea ranks first in using ICTs

According to United Nations rankings,  South Korea tops the list by beating the rest of the world for the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).


Japan, a leader in mobile internet telephony, Denmark, Iceland and Hong Kong come next in a top 10 made up exclusively of East Asian and European economies, including the UK in seventh place. The US, despite its technological dominance, ranks only 21, behind Estonia. The 'digital opportunity index', compiled by the International Telecommunication Union, is intended to measure progress towards the goals set by the 2003 and 2005 meetings of the world summit on the information society. These aim to narrow the digital divide between rich and poor countries and provide near-universal access to Information and Communications Technologies (ICT). The index, which ranks 180 economies, is made up of 11 core indicators reflecting opportunity to access ICT (for instance, mobile network coverage and prices in relation to average incomes), infrastructure (such as the proportion of households with an internet connection) and use, especially of broadband services.