With a score of 4.68, South Africa falls seven places to rank 9th among the Resource and Efficiency-driven¹ economies on the 2011 Connectivity Scorecard.
South Africa owes the change in its score and ranking substantially to changes in the methodology - specifically, a re-weighting that affected the business components of the Scorecard, and also the use of new data and indicators that adversely affected South Africa. Further, South Africa perhaps suffers from the fact that many of the new indicators included on usage (e.g., measuring uptake of mobile data services) for which standard sources do not provide information for South Africa in detail. On the other hand, given the variability in its performance on existing indicators, there is no guarantee that South Africa would have performed well on these indicators.
¹ As defined by The World Economic Forum www.weforum.org
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