Korea has been selected as the world’s most advanced economy in information and communication technologies (ICT) from among more than 150 countries. Korea topped the global ICT Development Index (IDI) released on September 15 by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), an agency of the United Nations responsible for ICT.
For the annual report, “Measuring the Information Society 2011,” ITU compiled this year’s IDI by ranking 152 countries’ access to, use of, and skills with ICT and comparing the results to their 2008 and 2010 scores.
This is the first time that Korea ranked the top in the IDI; Korea ranked third in 2010 and second in 2009.
Sweden took the second highest score, followed by Iceland, Denmark, and Finland.
In more detail, Korea got the top score in the IDI for ICT use, the second highest score for ICT skills, and tenth for ICT access.
The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) said the Korean government’s efforts to improve the overall ICT environment and upgrade related infrastructure was reflected in the latest IDI index.
Korea was recently ranked top in global ICT-related international indices. Last year, Korea was awarded first place in the United Nations E-Government Survey for 2010. This January, Korea was selected as the fastest Internet country in the world by Fortune Magazine. In July this year the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) also ranked Korea first for the highest rate of mobile broadband subscriptions among the 34 OECD member countries.