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UK Ranks 13th out of 34 Countries in New Connectivity Index

Thursday, September 19th, 2019 (12:01 am) - Score 537
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The United Kingdom has placed 13th out of 34 countries in a new Connectivity Index from Carphone Warehouse, which ranks sixteen different metrics across each country (transport links, information sharing, mobile broadband speeds, tourism and immigration etc.) in order to determine which are the most connected.

The 16 metrics include no. of air passengers and tourists, rail and road infrastructure quality, no. of 5G deployments, mobile broadband speeds, no. of internet hosts (we’re not sure what they mean by that), electricity production, balance of trade, no. of immigrants, passport power, share of GDP p/capita, access to primary education, ethnic diversity, marriage rates and no. of social media users.

In other words the index was created to measure how countries differ when it comes to the various different factors that contribute to a connected country. Each country is then awarded a score from 1-10 based on how connected they are in various areas, which is totalled up at the end to form an overall rating. We should point out that their data for 4G mobile speeds comes from Ookla (speedtest.net).

Overall the USA came top with a score of 101.8 and they were particularly strong for air travel (10), internet hosts (10), roads (8.5) and tourism (8.9). However they were weaker for 5G deployments (1.6) and mobile speeds (3.9). In fairness the 5G ranking is actually quite good since very few countries have deployed such networks.

By comparison the United Kingdom scored 61.3 overall and was strongest for passport power (9.7), social media users (6.8), road quality (6.5), balance of trade (5.3) and share of GDP p/capita (5.1). But we only scored 0.6 for 5G deployments (as above this is still quite good), 0.2 for internet hosts and 3.4 for mobile speeds. In general we’re not quite sure what to make of this index, although it seems convoluted.

Rank Country Rating
1 USA 101.8
2 Switzerland 90.7
3 United Arab Emirates 78.7
4 South Korea 76.2
5 China 73.6
6 Spain 72.2
7 France 70
8 Germany 68.7
9 Netherlands 67.8
10 Australia 64
11 Austria 63.6
12 Belgium 61.6
13 UK 61.3
14 Italy 57.1
15 Portugal 56.2
16 Norway 54.8
17 Qatar 53.5
18 Saudi Arabia 53
19 Poland 50.4
20 Czech Republic 47.8
21 Brazil 46.6
22 Oman 45.9
23 Hungary 43.6
24 South Africa 42.8
26 Thailand 42.7
25 Finland 42.6
27 Slovakia 42.2
28 Argentina 41.2
29 Bahrain 37.8
30 Romania 35.8
31 Bulgaria 33
32 Vietnam 32.1
33 Sri Lanka 25
34 Cambodia 19.9

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  1. Avatar Mr Geography

    A pretty flawed index. How do they measure rail and road infrastructure ‘quality’, is there one common metric throughout all countries for that? (no). Number of internet hosts, again somewhat strange to include. Share of GDP per capita, well, many issues with this one alone, but in relation to connectivity.

    Ultimately, its fairly meaningless, whats it meant to show?

    *After further reading into the sources they used and how they came up with the figures, it seems they looked at data from a source for each metric, then pulled a number out the air that seemed most fitting.

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