Australia drops in World Economic Forum Tech Study
In the World Economic Forum’s Global Information Technology Report 2010-2011: Transformations 2.0, Australia ranks 17th in the Network Readiness Index, with New Zealand right behind at 18.
That’s a drop of one place for Australia, which was ranked 16th in the 2009-2010 report.
For the second consecutive year, the United States finished fifth in the study’s comparison of 138 countries that make up 98.8 percent of the world’s total gross domestic product. Sweden was first, followed by Singapore, Finland and Switzerland.
These rankings, for 2010, are based on an index of 71 economic and social indicators, as diverse as new patents, mobile phone subscriptions and availability of venture capital.
So amongst the 71 economic and social indicators that combined rank Australia at 17, what are we best at?
The report lists Australia as number one in the world on just one measure, “Internet and telephony competition”.
And our worst ranking? Of the 138 countries, our worst ranking is 115, for “Business monthly phone subscription (PPP $).