Bahrain voted most dynamic in ICT sector
Manama, October 25, 2013
Bahrain has been identified as one of the most dynamic countries in information and communications technology (ICT) by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
The fifth edition of the ITU Measuring the Information Society (MIS) report issued yesterday ranks Bahrain third in the Arab region last year and 39 globally, which represents an improvement on 2011, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.
The report features two benchmarking tools to measure the development and performance of the information society: the ICT Development Index (IDI) and the ICT Price Basket.
The 2012 IDI captures the level of ICT developments relating to access and use of ICT and its skills in 157 economies worldwide and compares progress made during the last year.
Based on the report, Bahrain achieved the eighth highest increase in IDI value during 2012, with the ITU referring to Bahrain as one of the most dynamic countries based on IDI 2012.
Regarding the ICT Price Basket, Bahrain is also mentioned favourably in relation to the pricing of mobile broadband services.
Bahrain ranked 11 out of 110 countries in terms of mobile broadband affordability, with mobile broadband prices below one per cent of monthly gross national income per capita.
"This is a great achievement for Bahrain on a global level and we are happy to see that the telecommunication services are well-penetrated and affordable in Bahrain," Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) chairman Dr Mohammed Al Amer said.
"The availability of high-quality and cost-effective telecommunications services is one of the important indicators for attracting foreign investment into Bahrain.
"The result of this report and other indicators are evidence of how we are continuing to achieve the TRA's vision of 'a communications environment that enriches the social and commercial fabric of Bahrain'," he added.-TradeArabia News Service