PH jumps 8 notches in IT readiness survey

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PH jumps 8 notches in IT readiness survey
The Philippines ranks 78th in the World Economic Forum's 2014 "Networked Readiness Index"

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines now ranks 78th in terms of “networked readiness,” according to the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) 2014 Global Information Technology Report.

The Philippines’ ranking increased 8 notches from 86th place in 2013. It is also ranked 6th in the ASEAN, following Singapore (2nd), Malaysia (30th), Brunei Darussalam (45th), Indonesia (64th), and Thailand (67th). 

The 2014 Global Information Technology Report, which looks at how prepared an economy is to leverage information and communications technology (ICT) to improve growth and well-being, looks at a number of factors to determine where a given country ranks. 

The following factors are used: 

  1. The ICT infrastructure cost of access and the presence of the necessary skills to ensure an optimal use
  2. Uptake and use of ICT among governments, business and individuals
  3. Business and innovation environment, and the political and regulatory framework
  4. Economic and social impacts accruing from ICT 

Regarding the Philippines, the WEF’s full report noted that the Philippines is continuing a positive trend, with “a significant improvement in the perceived efficiency in the country’s legal system and property rights protection” driving political and regulatory environment rankings up.

The report added, “ICT readiness is the other area where the Philippines improves the most, thanks to a more affordable (75th) access to ICT infrastructure and better skills (69th), despite the need for higher quality in the educational system.”

The report also said that while business usage of ICT is at an advanced stage, ranking 43rd, individual usage is not as strong, at 91st place.

Other contributing factors are continued economic progress and the confirmed role of ICTs in facilitating innovation, such as the creation of new products and services, as well as organizational models. –

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