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COUNTRY RANK
19 /79
SCORE
61 /120
STRENGTHS
France moved up one place in the GCI 2019 ranking, from 18th to 17th.

As a frontrunner in ICT, France scores high on most GCI indicators for 2019, especially those relating to user experience and market potential. Smartphone penetration continues to rise, and France's expanded 4G coverage earned the maximum score for that indicator. Although there has been an improvement in broadband coverage and broadband penetration, France still needs to develop its fast broadband environment. The relatively slow speed of broadband may limit France’s ability to exploit the benefits of the digital economy.

In 2019, there has been increased interest in cloud migration and AI robotics. The potential in these areas may well translate into ongoing growth. France has countless strengths in this area: its talented mathematicians and computer scientists, its network of digital companies, and large industries ripe for transformation via the digital revolution.
OPPORTUNITIES
The French government is adopting a cloud strategy for the use of cloud computing by the administration, which will in turn support the digital transformation of the country. Hybrid cloud - a combination of private and public cloud - will be developed and offered to government users and calibrated to the needs of their data uses and data sensitivity. Each department will be able to choose the solution that suits them best. To develop a fair competitive environment between cloud offerings and traditional IT, regulatory adaptations needs to be made, notably to the heritage code. At the heart of this cloud strategy are the undeniable benefits of cloud for the state, utilities, and citizens.

The government also wants to turn France into a major player in the artificial intelligence industry by investing €1.5 billion in government funding over five years, matched by €500 million in private funding. AI advances will involve the scientific and university community forming a research cluster to work at the global cutting edge. There will also be strategic attracting of more foreign researchers. To fully realize the objectives of the AI program, combined with training and research, it will be necessary to think about open data, and the ethics and place of AI in society.
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Country Ranks
2019
/79



Country Scores
2019
/120



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