The key to improving the economic and productivity performance of every country in the world lies with the greater ...
January 28, 2009
The key to improving the economic and productivity performance of every country in the world lies with the greater and better-focused use of Information and Communications Technology, according to the Connectivity Scorecard 2009, a study by Professor Leonard Waverman, which was published today.
The Connectivity Scorecard 2009, commissioned by Nokia Siemens Networks, and written by Professor Waverman, Fellow of the London Business School, and with the consulting group LECG, measured the extent to which governments, businesses and consumers in 50 countries make use of connectivity technologies to enhance economic and social prosperity.
Connectivity is defined in the study as the bundle of infrastructure, complementary skills, software and informed usage that makes communications networks the key driver of productivity and economic growth.
The results showed that even the best connected countries in the world have no reason for complacency when it came to their use of ICT.
“At a time when governments around the world are looking to jump start their economies with a variety of stimuli packages, the Connectivity Scorecard shows that every single one of them has plenty of room to develop their ICT infrastructure and improve the actual use of it to the benefit of both the economy and society,” said Waverman.
“Communications networks are the infrastructure of the 21st century and these networks are very large construction programs. There is great potential for them in using ICT to stimulate growth.”