Cape Verde is Portuguese-speaking African country with most access to information technology

11 July 2006

Lisbon, Portugal, 11 July – Cape Verde is Portuguese-speaking African country with most access to information technology and communications, both in terms of availability and price, according to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

On the ITU’s list, the archipelago is ranked 107th, with 0.33 points, a figures slightly below the average of the countries surveyed, which was 0.37 points.

The United Nations index of digital opportunities is aimed at measuring the ease of access by citizens to information and communications technology, with points varying between 0, which means no access to the information society, and 1, total accessibility.

Angola placed 135th, with 0.21 points, and Mozambique in 169th, with 0.09 points, Brazil placed 71st, with 0.42 points.

The Portuguese-speaking country with the worst classification, four places from the bottom of the list, was Guinea Bissau, with 0.04 points and Sao Tome and Principe was not classified.

Portugal placed 41st, with 0.52 points, and came in 14th place amongst the original 15 countries of the European Union, ahead of only Greece.

The first place in the index was taken up by South Korea, with 0.79 points, with Japan and Denmark following, with 0.71 points each.

These countries were followed by Iceland, Sweden and Hong Kong, with 0.69 points, ahead of the United States, the United Kingdom and Norway. (macauhub)

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