S Korea titled 8th in high-tech rankings
South Korea was titled 8th most
tech-savvy country, becoming the only Asia-Pacific country to enter into the
According to the Information Society Index (ISI) from the US-based consulting
firm IDC, Korea was placed in eighth place with 904 points, up four ranks
compared to last year.
The annual measurement combines 15 variables into four columns to calculate
the ability of 53 countries to access and absorb information, and information
technologies. The four biggest areas include Internet, telecom and social
infrastructures and computers.
Other factors that are considered are the use of computers and web-based
services, e-commerce, high speed and wireless subscribers, and education level.
This year Denmark was placed first with 963 points, topping three-time
consecutive champion Sweden that came in with 958 points. The U.S was third with
938 points, followed by Switzerland with 929, Canada with 925, and Netherlands
with 919 points and Finland with 911 points.
In the Asia region, Korea was the only nation to claim a spot in the top 10.
Hong Kong, and Australia were a close 11th and 12th, and Japan and Taiwan coming
in at 18th and 20th place respectively.
Out of the four columns for the ISI, telecom and Internet developments have
propelled Korea into the upper ranks of the table with the nation placing first
and fifth in the two categories.
Korea has the world`s best high-speed Internet penetration ratio, with 11
million homes connected via broadband. Mobile phone subscribers have also
reached 36 million, a whopping 75% of a 46 million population.
(Korea Herald 2004-11-8)