UK slips to fifth in Huawei's Global Connectivity Index

Huawei has released its 2015 Global Connectivity Index (GCI) for countries, benchmarking 50 economies in terms of connectivity, ICT usage and digital transformation. The UK is fifth, down from third last year.

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The 2015 GCI maintains that 20 percent growth in ICT investment will increase a country’s GDP by 1 percent. It also identifies five enablers of digital transformation – data centres, cloud services, big data, broadband and the Internet of Things.

“These technologies represent the targets that stakeholders should focus their investments on in order to most efficiently transform their economies for the digital age,” said Huawei.

The US ranks the highest among surveyed countries, on the strength of “robust supply and demand of ICT services”, Huawei said, and an advanced state of adoption. Other mature economies Sweden, Singapore, Switzerland and the UK make up the top five.

Last year, Germany was first and the US second. The UK's third position in 2014 was helped by strong mobile broadband penetration and fixed broadband subscriber growth.

Chile, China and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) lead the developing markets, with all three ranking in the high teens to low twenties overall. Developing market leaders are characterised by strong mobile adoption and overall access that is often comparable to developed markets, while typically lagging behind in terms of data centre investment and other core elements of ICT infrastructure.

Data centre investment by developed countries is three times that of developing countries, which is the major catalyst of cloud computing proliferation as “the edge does not exist without the core,” said Huawei.