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Netherlands ranks 5th in Global Digital Economy Rankings

The Netherlands ranks 5th in the world 2010 “digital economy rankings” compiled by the Economist’s Intelligence Unit.

The British magazine’s annual survey of 70 nations was until this year known as the “e-readiness” rankings. The Netherlands ranked behind, in order, Sweden, Denmark, the United States, and Finland.

Last year the Netherlands was third on the list. The slightly lower ranking is due to new criteria in the research and the rise of other countries. For the first time is the quality and speed of connections included. While Netherlands has an excellent broadband network, but not the most modern fiber or 4G mobile network.

Particular innovation in the IT field needs improvement. The Netherlands ranks good overall in the IT field.

Perennial leaders Sweden and Denmark again topped the list, but they swapped places this year, with Sweden narrowly edging out its Scandinavian rival to grab the top spot. Finland ranked No. 4, jumping six places from 2009, and Norway ranked No. 6, down two places.

One surprise was the performance of the United States, which rose two notches to rank No. 3 in the world. The U.S. used to lag many other countries in mobile and consumer broadband infrastructure, but both have improved markedly in recent years. The U.S. has seen a surge in use of the wireless Web thanks to the Apple iPhone and other smartphones.

Netherlands is already ten years in the top of the list. “We see, however, that Asian countries like Taiwan, South Korea and Japan quickly rise in the rankings. To be competitive to stay strong, the Netherlands should therefore spend more on ICT innovation and public policy in general and investing in the latest broadband and mobile network technologies, “said Frans Bentlage, Managing Partner of IBM Global Business Services in the Benelux.

The quality of ICT infrastructure is measured in terms of nearly one hundred criteria. Is considered to include technology infrastructure, corporate, government, social and cultural environment and legal environment.

Most of the world has achieved “e-readiness” to one degree or another, the report says, citing figures from network equipment provider Cisco indicating that global monthly internet traffic in 2010 is two-thirds higher than it was one year ago.

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