Belarus Climbs Two Positions in ITU Rankings
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) published the 2016 edition of its Measuring the Information Society Report. This annual report presents a global and regional overview of the latest developments regarding information and communication technologies (ICTs), based on internationally comparable data and agreed methodologies.
With the IDI value of 7.26, Belarus has climbed two positions in the ICT Development Index (IDI). Currently, it occupies the 31st place among 175 countries. In the index, Belarus is preceded by Israel (with the IDI value of 7.40) and followed by Czech Republic (7.25). The Republic of Korea, Iceland, and Denmark are the leaders with the IDI values of 8.84, 8.83, and 8.74, respectively. Russia occupies the 43rd position, Poland and Ukraine are ranked 50th and 76th.
Over recent years, Belarus has been gradually climbing in the ranking. In 2015 the country was ranked 33rd, in 2014 — 38th, in 2010 — 50th, and in 2008 Belarus was on the 84th position.
Belarus is also the only CIS country that improved its position in 2016. The report also mentions Belarus as a country with a relatively low–cost access to broadband internet. Belarusians pay about 7.2 dollars a month for the access, while the average cost in the world falls between 10 and 42 dollars.
The IDI contains the sub–indexes access, use, and skills and 11 indicators, such as mobile–cellular telephone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, percentage of households with a computer, percentage of individuals using the Internet, wireless broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, and adult literacy rate.
Belarus Moves Up in ICT Development Index