Bahrain ranked 31st in this year's edition of the ICT Development Index (IDI), released by the UN's International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
UAE ranked 40th, while Saudi Arabia and Oman ranked 54th and 62nd, respectively.
This year’s report found that ‘concurrent advances in the Internet of Things, big data analytics, cloud computing and artificial intelligence will enable tremendous innovations and fundamentally transform business, government and society’, and to harness their benefits, ‘countries will need to create conditions supportive to the deployment of next-generation network and service infrastructures’, a press release said.
Houlin Zhao, secretary general, ITU, said, “This year's report shows that ICTs have the potential to make the world a better place and contribute immensely to the attainment of the sustainable development goals. However, despite the overall progress achieved, the digital divide remains a challenge which needs to be addressed. This is important because information and communication technology and the digital economy have the potential to transform the lives of billions of men, women and children. The digital revolution can transform nations and entire continents, but only if digital resources are accessible. This report will help to support countries to do just that."
Brahima Sanou, director, telecommunication development bureau, ITU, said, "It is my hope that this report will be of great value to the ITU membership, particularly for policy-makers, the ICT industry and others working towards the building of an inclusive global information society.”