Ireland results, as promised.
High level stuff first:
Good move - 1 rank improvement overall, improvements in 3 sub-categories, but slipping in 3 other.
Compared to peers:
Note: New Zealand has shown remarkable consistent gains over the last 10 years, moving to top 10 position this year for the first time.
So to summarize:
- Ireland ranks 17th in connectivity & technology infrastructure, though broadband penetration remains low
- Ireland ranks 17th in business environment in tough market conditions
- Ireland ranks 17th in social & cultural environment despite low innovation scores compared to regional average
- Ireland ranks 22nd in legal environment, the main detractor is electronic ID implementation
- Ireland is in 21st place on Government policy & vision, the major challenge is in ICT spend
- Ireland is doing well and placed at 8th in consumer & business adoption
- Ireland has the lowest score drop in Western Europe from last year, which is only -0.02 (7.84 to 7.82)
- Ireland moved 1 rank up overall compared to 2009 (18 to 17), consumer & business adoption moved 4 ranks up and social & cultural environment up by 3 ranks
- Ireland has made a lot of progress in Government policy & vision scoring 8.40 and up 6 ranks, the progress is highest (+1.10) of all in Western Europe
- Broadband quality and affordability the weakest of connectivity category, scoring low on the quality and drop in affordability measurement