BSA & Galexia Global Coud Computing Scorecard (2016) - Galexia Analytics Release

IT Readiness and Broadband Infrastructure

Digital economies and cloud computing require extensive, affordable broadband access, which in turn requires incentives for private sector investment in infrastructure and laws and policies that support universal access.

This section of the Scorecard examines and compares the infrastructure available in each country to support the digital economy and cloud computing. It is based on detailed comparative statistics on a range of important IT indicators, including the presence of a national broadband plan, a country’s International Connectivity Score and International Internet Bandwidth. In addition, the Scorecard includes statistics on the number of subscribers for various services, reflecting the importance (and growth) of mobile broadband subscriptions.

Overall, most countries have improved their infrastructure score significantly since the last Scorecard, with the biggest improvers being France, Russia, South Africa, Thailand and the top-scoring United Kingdom. Several countries, including Japan, Korea and Singapore, have high scores reflecting their implementation of impressive national broadband networks.

Despite major infrastructure improvements under way in a number of countries, broadband penetration remains very inconsistent. As a result, some countries continue to have low infrastructure scores. Countries that do not yet have sufficient infrastructure continue to be at risk of missing the economic benefits of the digital economy and cloud computing.

The following visualisations show the transition and patterns in the overall scores and scoring components for this theme over time (from 2012 to 2016):

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