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China up 11 places in index of information technology

CHINA has improved its information technology infrastructure and taken a higher ranking worldwide in the use of IT, a report released by the World Economic Forum said yesterday.

China ranked in 46th position globally this year, from 57th a year ago, based on the NRI - networked readiness index. It also replaced India to take the leading position among the BRICs - China, Brazil, Russia and India, according to the Global Information Technology Report 2008-2009 released by the World Economic Forum and business school Insead.

The NRI primarily evaluates the ICT (information and communication technologies) environment, readiness and usage in different nations, taking different variables into consideration. It checks the readiness of individuals, businesses and governments, to use and benefit from IT. The report places particular focus on the relationship and interrelations between mobility and IT this year.

"ICT is increasingly revolutionizing production processes, access to markets, and information sources together with social interactions. ICT also has an impact on government efficiency, fostering transparency and better communication and services with and to citizens," said Insead's public relationships director Soumitra Dutta, one of the report's authors.

Published for the eighth consecutive year, the report covers 134 countries and regions. The NRI uses a combination of data from public sources, as well as the results of the Executive Opinion Survey, an annual survey by the World Economic Forum with its network of Partner Institutes (research institutes and business organizations) in the countries included in the report.

Denmark and Sweden once again led the NRI rankings. They are followed by the United States, up one position despite the economic slowdown. The other top 10 countries include Singapore, Switzerland, Netherlands and Canada. India ranked 54th, down four positions. Russia and Brazil took the positions behind India among the BRICs.

China has improved its IT infrastructure construction in recent years but is still behind developed countries, the report said.

The mobile phone penetration rate of China, the world's biggest mobile phone market, is less than 50 percent, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.



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