Bulgaria falls 3 places in global ICT ranking.

By bne IntelliNews March 26, 2010
Bulgaria ranked 71 st  out of 133 countries in terms of networked readiness index thus falling 3 places from its 2008 position, according to the Global Information Technology Report of the World Economic Forum (WEF). The country scored 3.66 in the newly released report as compared to 3.8 in the previous one. Bulgaria performed worst among EU members and on a par with Turkey (69th place) and Macedonia (73rd place) from the countries in the region. The index aims at assessing the different degrees to which countries leverage ICT in daily activities in order to effectively boost growth and prosperity in daily activities. It has three dimensions: business, regulatory and infrastructure environment for ICT; readiness of persons, companies and governments to use ICT and real usage of ICT. Some of the main weaknesses comprise important flaws in the quality of its market (88th) and regulatory environment (104th), high ICT access costs (111th for its mobile telephone tariffs), and inadequate ICT prioritization and use by the government (98th and 61st for government readiness and usage, respectively). Some of the main strengths are in the following aspects: internet bandwidth (6th), mobile telephone subscriptions (12th) and residential telephone connection charge (20th). Bulgaria is well position in terms of number of procedures required to start a business (13th) but the effect has been compensated by the time required to start a business (61st).

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