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The Connectivity Scorecard is an attempt to capture how "usefully connected" countries around the world really are. Like any Scorecard, ours is essentially a collection of different metrics, but our metrics encompass usage and skills as well as infrastructure. Further, we recognize that the primary driver of productivity and economic growth is the ability of businesses to use ICT effectively. Thus we give business - and those measures related to business infrastructure and usage - the weight that economic statistics suggest it should be given. And, where possible, we do this based on individual country data for each country. Likewise, we link the weight given to infrastructure metrics relative to usage and skills to economic statistics for individual countries. In this way, we make a link between Connectivity and economic performance that, we believe, is innovative and relevant.
There were two criteria involved in the selection of countries for the Connectivity Scorecard:
Data coverage is more of an issue for the resource and efficiency-driven economies and does restrict the scope for adding new countries to the Index. This is particularly true of business usage metrics. For the innovation-driven economies data availability is still something of an issue due to the difficulty in finding data comparable to the European Commission's i2010 data.
The initial Scorecard research that was conducted in 2008 covered all of the world's major economies and a large share of the world's population. In the 2009 research, 25 additional countries have been surveyed to improve our coverage of regions that were initially under-represented, such as the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa.
We have realized that there was a gap in previous studies since they primarily concentrate on "count" information (eg. number of lines, pc's, phones etc). As part of our vision of 5 billion people connected by 2015 we recognize that the way people use ICT is key to understanding connectivity and that we need to communicate to the industry and policy makers that it will take more than one entity to make things happen. We hope that through this study others will join in the debate and share their opinions, supporting information and insights.
Please see the published list in the Connectivity Scorecard report
The Connectivity Report (.pdf)
Based on previous ICT studies it was agreed that Professor Leonard Waverman and economic consulting firm, LECG were the best combination to devise the methodology and conduct the research for the Connectivity Scorecard. This collaboration has resulted in this first version of the Scorecard you see today and which has been well received by analysts, governmental/regulatory bodies and the ICT industry as a whole.
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