Japan slips to 12th in global info technology

Kyodo, JIJI

Japan slipped by four notches from last year to 12th place in the global information and communication technology ranking list, the International Telecommunication Union said Monday.

South Korea maintained the top post for the third consecutive year, followed by Sweden, Iceland and Denmark. The United States ranked 17th and China was 78th in the reporting year’s list of 157 countries.

The development ranking was created as part of the ICT Development Index, calculated by the number of mobile phone and fixed-line subscriptions and the Internet penetration rate among households, as well as the school attendance rate, number of workers and population with knowledge of computers in 157 economies.

Though its overall index improved, Japan was beaten in the ranking by Britain, Australia and Hong Kong. In 2011, Britain was not in the top 10.

The ITU predicted that the number of mobile phone subscriptions in the world will reach 6.8 billion at the end of 2013. The figure, which includes individuals who own several mobile phones, is almost equivalent to the Earth’s population. The number of Internet users at the end of this year is estimated at 2.7 billion.