Top rank for Bahrain in ICT Index [Daily Tribune (Bahrain)]
(Daily Tribune (Bahrain) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) ? ? International Telecommuni cation Union (ITU) has issued the fifth edition of ITU Measuring the Information Society (MIS) report. The report features two benchmarking tools to measure the development and performance of the information society: the ICT Development Index (IDI) and the ICT Price Basket (IPB). The 2012 IDI captures the level of ICT developments (relating to access and use of ICT and ICT skills) in 157 economies worldwide and compares progress made during the last year. Based on the report, Bahrain achieved the eighth highest increase in IDI value during 2012, with the ITU referring to Bahrain as one of the most dynamic countries based on the IDI 2012. Bahrain also ranked third in the Arab region in 2012 and ranked 39 globally (which represents an improvement on 2011). Regarding the ICT Price Basket, Bahrain is also mentioned favourably in relation to the pricing of mobile broadband services. Bahrain ranked 11 out of 110 countries in terms of mobile broadband affordability, with mobile-broadband prices below 1 per cent of monthly GNI per capita. TRA Chairman Dr. Mohammed Al Amer said, "The availability of high-quality and costeffective telecommunications services is one of the important indicators for attracting foreign investment into Bahrain. The result of this report and other indicators reports are evident of how we are continuing to achieve the TRA's Vision of having ' A communications environment that enriches the social and commercial fabric of the Kingdom of Bahrain' . ? ?
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