Singapore ranks 1st in Asia: Huawei Global Connectivity Index
Published 10 February 2021
Tech giant Huawei has released its annual Global Connectivity Index (GCI), ranking the world’s most digitally transformative and connected economies.
The US has topped the list for the sixth year in a row with an average score of 87, excelling in prime indicators which include ICT investment, ICT maturity, and digital economic performance. Singapore came in second and thus ranks first in Asia with an average score of 81. Switzerland followed behind, also scoring 81, the report noted.
Asia-Pacific nations including Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea came in at 9th, 11th, 12th and 13th respectively, according to the report.
Broadband, Cloud, AI, IoT as Four New Pillars of Technology
As economies all around the world continue to feel the devastating impacts of COVID-19, rapid digital transformation remains the best way to stay competitive. As such, the GCI has classified 4G/5G broadband, cloud computing, AI, and Internet of Things (IoT) technology as the four enablers and key determinants of a post-pandemic economic recovery.
The four main umbrellas also include key ICT strategies such as investments into data centers, fiber optic networks, and cybersecurity software, as well as laws and policies covering ICT and big data.
In addition to the list, countries are also categorised into three clusters: countries ranked 1-20 are branded as Frontrunners, 21-39 as Adopters, and 40-79 as starters.
Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia (34th), Thailand (46th), and Vietnam (55th) have been grouped as Adopters, whereas Indonesia (58th) and the Philippines (59th) remain as starters.