The ITU has released its annual study on Measuring the Information Society, and South Korea remains the number one country in the world, as measured by its ICT Development Index. As shown in the accompanying excerpt from Table 2.2 of the ITU report (click on the graphic to see a larger version), Ko
rea was followed in the 2010 rankings by four Scandinavian countries and Hong Kong. The Director of the ITU’s telecommunications development bureau, in the foreword to this new study, makes the following observation.
“The ICT for development debate is witnessing an obvious shift: the focus is no longer on the mobile-cellular miracle, but on the need for high speed broadband Internet access. The report shows that wireless broadband Internet access is the strongest growth sector, with prepaid mobile broadband mushrooming in many developing countries and internet users shifting from fixed to wireless connections and devices.