The GCI annually ranks 79 nations along an S-curve graph based on their latest GCI scores. According to ICT investment, ICT maturity, and digital economic performance, the S-curve groups nations into three clusters: Starters, Adopters, and Frontrunners. In 2019, we have expanded the GCI’s research methodology to help policymakers understand AI’s growing influence on the global economy.
The GCI S-curve shows the digital economy journey of nations through the relationship between GCI score and GDP. Big investors in ICT infrastructure at the top of the S-curve tend to show significantly stronger GDP per capita than those at the bottom of the S-curve.
Nations need to ensure adequate investment in and development of the four core technologies covered by GCI scoring – Broadband, Cloud, IoT and AI – and measured by 40 GCI indicators.
The future isn’t guaranteed and change is never easy. It will take investment, infrastructure, and data. It will take determination and forethought. And it will take an understanding of how to plan ICT strategies based on the convergence of emerging technologies.