UAE moves up in Network Readiness Index
Report shows the UAE improved from 25th position in 2013 to 24th in 2014
The UAE has improved its overall global Networked Readiness Index (NRI) ranking from 25 in 2013 to 24 in 2014, according to the latest WEF Global Information Technology report, sponsored by Cisco.
The report, which measures the capacity of 148 economies, to leverage ICT growth and well-being, found that the UAE's new ranking is due to improvements in its ICT infrastructure (where it ranked 30th) as well as ICT uptake by individuals (in which it ranked 29th).
Cisco congratulated the UAE on its achievement and "continued drive and focus towards becoming one of the world's most ICT-enabled nations."
"The UAE government has been relentless in its pursuit of technological excellence, as is clearly exemplified by bold commitments to smart city development and infrastructural innovations related to events like Expo 2020," said Rabih Dabboussi, managing director, Cisco UAE.
"The country's visionary ICT leadership and a determination to adopt a cutting-edge strategy is enabling it to adapt to pressing and ever-changing ICT trends, whether it is the surging growth of big data, or the increasing pervasiveness of technologies in areas such as cloud computing and mobility."
"In the UAE, the notion of the Internet of Everything - the increasing networked connections of people, processes, data and things - is not an intimidating obstacle, but an opportunity to transform the quality of lives of its citizens, fortunes of its businesses and the innovation of its government. The foundations for long-term, ICT-driven success are now well and truly in place, and Cisco is committed to continue to support this momentum," added Dabboussi.
The UAE again ranked number one in government ICT vision. Other results included: 14th in Internet penetration; 18th in having access to a personal computer at home; 9th for government e-services availability; and 20th for e-commerce being relatively well established.