13 Apr 2011

NZ highly ranked in global IT report

1:55 pm on 13 April 2011

New Zealand has climbed up one place in a global ranking of countries' readiness for communications technology.

The World Economic Forum Insead Global Information Technology Report places this country 18th out of 138, just behind Australia at 17th.

Sweden still holds the top spot, followed by Singapore then Finland in third place.

A country's overall readiness is measured by the general business, regulatory and infrastructure environments, and the use of available technology.

The New Zealand Institute's director Rick Boven says while use of communications technology has improved, business use is still lagging behind individual use.

Mr Boven says he expects New Zealand's ranking will further improve as the new ultra-fast broadband network is built.

Among the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China), China and India continue to lead in readiness for communications technology, despite India losing ground.

Brazil is up five places at 56th, closing the gap on India at 48th.