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Spain remains in the 27th position of countries with the most developed ICT

Spain ranks as the twenty-seventh country in the world most advanced in the development of information and communication technologies (ICT) in 2017, although it has not improved in compared to the previous year, according to the annual index published today by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Geneva, November 15 (EFE) .- Spain is ranked as the twenty-seventh country in the world most advanced in the development of information and communication technologies (ICT) in 2017, although has not improved compared to the previous year, according to the annual index published today by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Where it has advanced, three posts in Total, it is in the ranking of the countries with the greatest access to ICTs, when it appears in the twenty-ninth place this year.

It has also risen one position in the classification of skills in the management of ICT, since from one year to the next it has risen to the eighteenth place in the world.

On the other hand, a position has dropped from 27 to 28 in the use of ICT, analyzes a total of 176 countries.

In Spain, 81.9% of households have internet access, slightly below the European average (82.5%), but above the world average ( %).

80.6% of Spaniards use the internet, a percentage that is above the European average (77.9%) and globally (35.9%).

The ITU highlights that in Spain the penetration of mobile broadband is about European average in terms of active subscriptions per hundred inhabitants (87.7 versus 80.1), and prices for both prepaid and post-payment services "are accessible" in terms of costs.

The organization considers that the country "has a competitive and well-developed telecommunications market with high penetration rates for the services of fixed and mobile telephony. "

" Spain has become a highly connected nation with an innovative and competitive telecommunications market that is one of the main drivers of the growth, "says the ITU.

Worldwide, the ranking of the ten most advanced countries is led by Iceland, South Korea, Switzerland, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Norway, Luxembourg and Japan.

The global ICT development index stands at 5.11 points out of a total of 10, after advancing by 0.18 points in one year.

While after progressing 0.16 points from the 2016 index.

Cyprus and Turkey are surprised this year (67th place), thanks to "a strong strategy for the expansion of infrastructure for broadband, subscriptions and traffic, "Jaroslaw Ponder, regional director for Europe for the ITU, explained at a press conference.

They also stand out for their improvements Uzbekistan, Afghanistan Croatia and Suriname, a country that has advanced six positions to position 88, Uganda, Uruguay (which has progressed six places to 42), Laos, Latvia, Burma, Namibia and Timor Oriental.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, the first country that appears in the global ranking is Barbados, ranked 34, followed by San Cristóbal and Nieves (37), Uruguay, Argentina (51), Chile (56), Bahamas (57), Costa Rica (60), Brazil (66), Grenada (73), Antigua and Barbuda (76), Dominica (77), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (82), Colombia (84) Suriname.

The ranking of Haiti (168), Cuba (137), Nicaragua (130), Honduras (129), Guatemala (125), Guayana (124), Belize (120), El Salvador ( Dominican Republic (106), Saint Lucia (104), Jamaica (98), Ecuador (97) and Peru (96).

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