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  • seoulsearch1 seoulsearch1 Aug 11, 2006 7:35 AM Flag

    >>Korea Rank World's No.1 IT Country<<

    Korea ranks first in digital opportunity index

    The results confirmed the fact that Korea is truly the No.1 country in IT development
    The composite digital opportunity index/the International Telecommunication Union
    1.Korea DOI of 0.79
    2.Japan DOI of 0.71
    21.United states

    Korea ranked first for the second consecutive year in the 'digital opportunity index' out of 180 countries, the Ministry of Information and Communication said yesterday.

    The composite digital opportunity index, released by the International Telecommunication Union, measures a country's degree of information technology advancement in four categories, including coverage and affordability, access path and device, infrastructure and quality.

    Korea came first with a DOI of 0.79. Japan and Denmark tied in second position each at 0.71, followed by Ireland, Hong Kong, Sweden and Britain, the ministry said. The United States came 21st.

    Canada ranked 14th, the highest on the American continent. Estonia ranked 20th in the world and first among East European countries. The Republic of Mauritius ranked 50th in the world and the first among African countries.

    "The number of countries surveyed last year was only 40, but this year it has expanded to 180 countries, which means the results confirmed the fact that Korea is truly the No. 1 country in IT development," Information Minister Rho Jun-hyong told reporters.

    "The announcement was made at the U.S. Economic and Social Council, which helped promote Korea's image as a global leader in the IT sector to the world."

    Korea received high scores particularly in terms of IT infrastructure and accessibility compared to other countries, with its DOI averaging 0.79 out of a perfect score of 1.

    The composite index can be broken into 11 indicators, which include percentage of population covered by mobile cellular telephony; mobile cellular tariffs as a percentage of per capita income; internet access tariffs as a percentage of per capita income; fixed telephone lines per 100 inhabitants; mobile cellular subscribers per 100 inhabitants; computers per 100 inhabitants; (fixed) internet subscribers per 100 inhabitants; international internet bandwidth per inhabitant; (fixed) broadband internet subscribers per 100 inhabitants; and (mobile) broadband internet subscribers per 100 inhabitants.

    The ministry also said Korea, as an IT leader, will strengthen its cooperation with the ITU to tackle the widening digital divide in the world. The ITU will likely convene a two-day meeting in Seoul on Aug. 31 to discuss ways to narrow the digital gap between developed and developing countries, the ministry said.

    Date Posted: 7/6/2006

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