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Source: AsiaPulse News
Date published: 20 Nov 2003
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GENEVA, Nov 20 Asia Pulse - Taiwan was ranked ninth globally and third among Asian countries in the 2002 digital access index (DAI) rankings released by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) yesterday.

During a press conference held in the United Nations headquarters, the ITU made public the results of its global index to rank information and communication technology (ICT) access in a total of 178 economies. The DAI will be a useful tool for tracking the future advancement of these economies.

According to the results, Taiwan's DAI ranking rose from the world's 22nd-highest in 1998 to the ninth-highest last year, showing that the country has made impressive progress in the development of information and communication technology.

Countries covered in the ranking were classified into one of four digital access categories - high, upper, medium and low - on a scale of 0 to 1 where 1 means the highest access.

Sweden topped the list with 0.85 points, followed by Denmark, Iceland, South Korea, Norway, Netherlands, Hong Kong, Finland, Taiwan and Canada. Apart from Canada, ranked 10th, the top 10 countries are exclusively Asian and European.

The United States came in 11th, while Singapore and Japan were placed 14th and 15th. Mainland China was ranked 84th with 0.43 points.

The DAI measures the overall ability of individuals in a country to access and use information and communication technology. It consists of eight variables organized into five categories, including availability of infrastructure, affordability of access, educational level, quality of ICT services and Internet usage.

Taiwan garnered 0.98, 0.99, 0.95, 0.56 and 0.45 in the five indicators, with the total score averaging 0.79.

The ITU said that the four Asian Tigers have made the greatest progress in ICTs over the last four years. The results suggest that English is no longer a decisive factor in quick technology adoption especially as more content is made available in other languages.

The DAI survey results, which form part of the ITU's upcoming 2003 edition of the World Telecommunication Development Report, were published to coincide with the upcoming World Summit on the Information Society.

(CNA) 20-11 1109

Personal Opinion:

Taiwan is coming up fast in terms on ICT infrastructure and countries should learn from it.

Reference:

TAIWAN RANKS 9TH GLOBALLY IN ITU DIGITAL ACCESS INDEX RANKINGS. (20-Nov-03) AsiaPulse News - http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-19433923_ITM?email=king_lee0918@hotmail.com&library=
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