Bahrain ranks 40th in the GCI 2019.
In general, Bahrain performs on par with the global average. It has improved dramatically in mobile broadband, smartphone, and computer penetration, all of which received the full ten points in 2019. The country’s Internet usage is also at the peak score, and the nation saw a 1-point improvement this year in the affordability of mobile broadband and user experience with e-government.
Bahrain has started to develop cloud services and data centers. IT leaders in Bahrain are responding to the progressive growth in data by shifting towards converged and hyper-converged IT infrastructures. Data centers are now using the more efficient flash and software-defined storage, taking data out of traditional arrays and shifting the focus back to applications. The maturity of Bahrain’s cloud sector makes it a center of excellence for cloud computing in the region. According to Mohammed Ali AlQaed, Chief Executive of the Information & e-Government Authority (iGA), by 2019 Bahrain will be able to successfully migrate around 40 government systems and more than 650 workloads to the national cloud, with further plans to migrate up to 1,000 workloads in the future.