Belarus has risen two places up to 31st place out of 175 countries in the ITU’s annual Measuring the Information Society Report. According to the report, the world is
getting more and more connected and reveals that there are still huge investment opportunities for the private sector to connect the unconnected.
In the 2016 report, Belarus got 7.26 in IDI value and ranked between Israel and the Czech Republic. Belarus appears to be the only CIS country that has improved its position in the ranking this year. All others either retained their global ranking or saw it decline. Moreover, the country’s result is significantly better than its expected position, based on the gross national income per capita. Belarus is also named among the countries that stand out for having low absolute fixed-broadband prices – USD 7.2 in this
case. In most countries of the world, fixed-broadband services cost between USD 10 and 40, the report says.
The 14th ITU World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium (WTIS-2016) took place in Gaborone, Botswana from November 21-23. The 2016 edition of the Measuring the Information Society Report was released as part of the forum. The report reflects the level of ICT development in 175 economies worldwide.