Huawei has just announced its Global Connectivity Index (GCI) 2017. It is the Huawei's fourth annual study that shows how various countries are progressing with digital transformation. Global Connectivity Index (GCI) 2017 study is based on 40 unique indicators and five technology enablers. These five technology enablers are - Broadband, Data Centers, Cloud, Big Data and Internet of Things.

By investing in these five key technologies and with the help of centralized planning countries can effectively digitize their economies and potential connectivity can be fully leveraged. As a result of this, ICT capabilities can support positive growth of national economies.

 Huawei Global Connectivity Index (GCI) 2017 Report

According to Huawei's Global Connectivity Index 2017 report, global progress towards a digital economy is picking up pace. The world's overall GCI score is up four percentage points in just two years. The report also shows an interesting fact that ICT has become an engine and important part of the economic growth countries.

For the Global Connectivity Index (GCI) 2017 study, Huawei analyzed 50 countries. The 50 countries considered by Huawei for the GCI 2017 account for 90%of global GDP and 78% of the world’s overall population.

Out of these 50 countries, 16 are considered as Front-runners, 21 are in Adopters category and the remaining 13 countries are tagged as Starters. The description of these categories are as follows -

Front-runners : Countries with average GDP per capita of US$50,000, mostly developed economies, continually boosting digital user experience, using big data and IoT to develop

Adopters : Average GDP per capita of US$15,000) , working to facilitate industry digitization and high-quality economic growth with increased ICT demand.

Starters : Average GDP capita of US$3,000), mostly in the early stage of ICT infrastructure build-out

According to Huawei's Global Connectivity Index (GCI) 2017 report, Front-runners countries achieved an increase of 4.7 GCI points from 2015 to 2017 by using the Cloud, Big Data and IoT. The Adopters nations experienced a rise of 4.5 points on average. While the Starters countries achieved 2.4-point improvement in overall GCI scores due to poor ICT infrastructure.

You can check the full Huawei Global Connectivity Index 2017 report along with interactive infographics, reports, metrics and data related to each country by visiting the below link.

Huawei Global Connectivity Index (GCI) 2017 Report

 Huawei Global Connectivity Index (GCI) 2017 Report

As it was mentioned earlier, 1 point increase in GCI score leads to a 2.1% increase in competitiveness, 2.2% increase in national innovation, and a 2.3% increase in productivity. So, it is clearly visible that there is a very important relationship between ICT investment and GDP growth of the countries.

Kevin Zhang, President of Huawei Corporate Marketing, said;
“The widening gap has had a significant impact on countries as they develop and work their way toward digital transformation. To stay competitive, nations at an early stage of digital transformation will need to prioritize ICT infrastructure development, especially broadband connectivity and cloud adoption to a strategic level in economic planning to activate local resources and reach sustainable growth.

At the same time, nations aiming to capitalize on their Front-runner status will want to prioritize cloud as a potent catalyst to initiate a chain reaction of transformation through big data and IoT.”