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COUNTRY RANK
18 /79
SCORE
61 /120
STRENGTHS
Belgium ranks 20th in the GCI 2019, the same as last year.

Belgium has performed impressively, with the majority of its indicators above the global average. It is firmly in the cluster of high-performing countries. 4G coverage has improved since last year, and there has been more investment in cloud computing and AI. Belgian businesses effectively exploit the possibilities offered by ecommerce, social media, and cloud-based applications. This has boosted data creation and the demand for cloud migration. The number of organizations that use cloud solutions continues to rise, and likewise for secured servers and the demand for AI. The number of cloud solutions as a percentage of all IT applications is also increasing. This is a trend across all types of organization with more momentum gained in the adoption of cloud solutions over the last few years. In 2010, only 13% of Belgian organizations used one or more cloud solution. By 2018, that number was 64%. This means more than a 500% increase. (Source: the Belgium Cloud Barometer)
OPPORTUNITIES
Ultrafast Internet will be crucial for the growth of the digital economy and to enable the digital society to flourish in Belgium. The objective of the Digital Agenda for Europe is to ensure that by 2020 all Europeans have access to Internet speeds of at least 30 Mbps, and half of all households at least 100 Mbps. Belgium wants to go further: By 2020, at least half of the connections in Belgium must achieve Internet speeds of up to 1 Gbps. Mobile broadband technologies, such as 4G and LTE Advanced, must be rolled out as soon as possible across the entire Belgian territory. A proactive 5G framework also needs to be created to ensure that Belgium is in the lead when IoT is rolled out. To further boost connectivity and to achieve a Gigabit society by 2020, Belgium will have to further expand broadband take-up as well as building best-in-class mobile infrastructure.

To be ready for the future, Proximus and Huawei are already testing 5G, the next generation mobile technology. 5G will enable faster speeds, higher capacities, and shorter response times, so both businesses and residential customers will benefit from this new technology.
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Country Ranks
2019
/79



Country Scores
2019
/120



The Four Technology Enablers
Up from last year
Down from last year
BE 2019
   ---  Average 2019
BROADBAND
45
0 30 120
CLOUD
45
0 30 120
AI
45
0 30 120
IOT
45
0 30 120
The Four Pillars
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BE 2019
   ---  Average 2019
SUPPLY
45
0 30 120
DEMAND
45
0 30 120
EXPERIENCE
45
0 30 120
POTENTIAL
45
0 30 120
The 40 Indicators
BE 2019
   ---  Average 2019
10
SCORE
10
SCORE
ICT
Investment

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Telecom
Investment

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
ICT
Laws
1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
International
Internet
Bandwidth
1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Fiber
Optic

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
4G
Connections

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
AI Investment

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Cloud
Investment

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Security
Software
Investment

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
IoT
Investment

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
10
SCORE
App
Downloads

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
E-Commerce Transactions

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Smartphone
Penetration

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Computer
Households

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Fixed Broadband
Subscriptions
1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Mobile
Broadband
Subscriptions
1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
AI-enabled
Robotics


1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Cloud
Migration

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Secured
Internet
Servers

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
IoT
Installed Base

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
10
SCORE
E-Government
Services

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Telecom
Customer Service
1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Internet
Participation

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Broadband
Download
Speed
1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Fixed
Broadband
Affordabillity
1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Mobile
Broadband
Affordability
1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
IoT
Analytics

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Cloud
Experience

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Cybersecurity
Awareness


1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Data Creation


1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
10
SCORE
R&D
Expenditure

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
ICT
Patents

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
IT
Workforce

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Software
Developers

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
ICT Influencing
New Business
Models
1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
AI
Potential
1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Mobile Potential


1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Cloud
Potential

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Broadband Potential


1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
IoT
Potential

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
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