Huawei unveils Global Connectivity Index (GCI) report

GCI 2016 says investing in broadband is the main requirement for building a digital economy

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Huawei unveils Global Connectivity Index (GCI) report The telecom industry needs to rapidly move towards an open digital ecosystem, says Xiaofeng.
By  David Ndichu Published  May 19, 2016

Huawei has launched its annual Global Connectivity Index Report (GCI Report) at the 2016 SAMENA Telecom Leaders’ Summit in Dubai.

Organised by SAMENA Telecommunications Council and hosted by Huawei for the third consecutive year, the SAMENA Leaders Summit is platform for collaboration by industry leaders who share a common interest in creating a roadmap for accelerated growth across the industry. The 10th Edition of the event brings together top industry stakeholders from across the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.

The GCI Report is a study that assesses the connectivity capabilities of different countries across four dimensions – availability, bandwidth, affordability and ease of use. It also contains 38 indicators covering the entire ICT spectrum including datacenters, e-commerce and e-governance, among others.

The 2016 GCI benchmarks 50 economies in terms of connectivity, ICT usage, and digital transformation, providing an indicator of which countries are best poised for development and growth, and an ICT planning reference for policymakers looking to embrace the digital economy.

According to the report, the digital economy requires balanced development in supply, demand, experience, and potential. Countries with different levels of connectivity should have different development focuses. GCI 2016 reveals that investing in broadband is the main requirement for industries to build a digital economy.

The 2016 Rankings found that The United Arab Emirates, Qatar And Saudi Arabia are adopters; therefore well on their way to adopting a digital economy. Adopter nations see the biggest GDP growth from GCI. Their focus is on increasing ICT demand to facilitate industry digitization and high-quality economic growth. The United Arab Emirates was found to be amongst the top three developing countries in the rankings and is 19th by GCI; Qatar followed with the 21st place and Saudi Arabia took the 28th place.

"The telecom industry needs to rapidly move towards an open digital ecosystem. Huawei is committed to collaborating with customers and industry partners to build an enhanced, fully-connected world,” Says Sun Xiaofeng, executive vice president, Huawei Middle East. “Huawei’s Open ROADS initiative, supported by GCI Report brings together leading voices from across the ICT industry to answer the questions posed in our digital transformation era.” he ended.

Huawei’s "Open ROADS to a Better Connected World” strategy encompasses what Huawei considers five fundamental characteristics of  user experiences in a fully connected world - Real-time, On-demand, All-online, DIY, and Social. Huawei’s “ROADS” vision seeks to foster an open industry ecosystem that enables agile innovations, advancing the ICT industry as well as all social sectors in the digital age.

Overall, the 2016 GCI shows that 20% growth in ICT investment will increase a country’s GDP by 1%. 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, Huawei says.

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