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COUNTRY RANK
40 /79
SCORE
45 /120
STRENGTHS
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.
OPPORTUNITIES
The volume of data generated continues to explode globally. As it generates more data, Bahrain needs to maintain the performance, availability, and scalability of its applications, while minimizing storage costs per gigabyte. Software, along with cloud computing, will be crucial in meeting the service needs of today's businesses and end users.

Bahrain is committed to a forward-thinking approach to data. Its Cloud First Policy across both the public and private sectors will help cloud to bring new opportunities for innovation, scalability, and cost savings. The basic pillars of the policy are the adoption of public cloud with a preference for IAAS & SAAS across government IT, training options for Bahrainis seeking to acquire cloud skills, and credit support for businesses transitioning to the cloud. Alongside a business-friendly environment, companies will be offered the opportunity to testbed and launch innovative products across the region.
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Country Ranks
2019
/79



Country Scores
2019
/120



The Four Technology Enablers
Up from last year
Down from last year
BH 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
Up from last year
Down from last year
BH 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
BH 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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