04.18.15

Seychelles maintains 2nd best position in the African region in 2015 Global ICT report

Posted in Business and Economy, International Organisations, Seychelles companies, Seychelles infrastructure, Seychelles' statistics at 12:29 pm by Robert Klien

Seychelles has maintained its ranking as the 2nd best in Africa in the Networked Readiness Index (NRI) 2015. However, the jurisdiction has dropped from position 66 out of 148 countries in 2014 to 74 out of 143 countries assessed in 2015.

The global information technology report was compiled by the World Economic Forum – the non-profit international organization based in Switzerland. The report assessed 143 countries based on their capacities in the information and communication technology (ICT) sectors.

The classification is based on 52 individual indicators categorized under 10 different pillars including the political and regulatory environment, business and innovation, infrastructure, affordability, skills, individual usage, business usage, government usage, as well as economic and social impacts.

Seychelles has improved its score in the readiness subindex for infrastructure and digital content to 61 overall in 2015 from 74 in 2014. The area where there has been the most improvement under this subindex is affordability, where Seychelles ranks 93 compared to 113 in 2014. Skills have also improved to 42 from 44 in last year’s ranking. However, the Seychelles’ score in 3 other main subindices of environment, usage and impact have witnessed a drop in 2015 from a score of 62, 64 and 77 in 2014 to 79, 70 and 85 respectively.

The neighbouring Indian Ocean island of Mauritius has not only maintained its ranking as the best in Africa but has also climbed up 3 places to 45 position from 48 in 2013. In the African region, South Africa is now 3rd in the region behind Mauritius and Seychelles.

According to a report published by the International Telecommunications Union in 2013, Seychelles has 100% mobile phone penetration, 47% of the population uses the Internet, and there is 12% fixed (wired)-broadband penetration. The jurisdiction has 2 telecoms providers, Airtel Seychelles and Cable & Wireless Seychelles. Kokonet and Intelvision are 2 local companies providing internet services.

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