The World Economic Forum (WEF) has released the latest edition of its annual Network Readiness Index (NRI) where the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was ranked first in mobile network coverage and importance of ICT to government. This report measures the capacity of economies around the world to leverage information and communications technology (ICT) for growth.
The UAE was ranked second in government usage pillar, government success in ICT, impact of ICTs on access to basic services and ICT use and government efficiency.
“The TRA is building the core ICT regulatory framework for the UAE’s burgeoning knowledge economy. ICT development underpins economic growth and social advancement, and is a critical pillar in the nation’s broader 2021 Vision. Thus, I am encouraged to see that the work of the TRA has had a positive effect in the ranking of the UAE in the latest NRI,” said HE Mohamad Ahmad Al Qamzi, Chairman of the Board.
UAE also improved its 2013 position by one place ranking (24th) out of the 148 countries assessed in 2014. Improvements in its UAEs ICT infrastructure (30th) and ICT uptake by individuals (29th) have led to greater economic impacts (27th) and thus the rise in the rankings.