Ireland slipped one place in the GCI 2019, from 17th last year to 18th this year.
Most of Ireland’s scores are above the global average, particularly those relating to demand, experience, and potential. The supply indicators are somewhat lower. Ireland has highly affordable mobile and fixed broadband, and 4G coverage improved by 1 point this year. Impressively, demand for secured servers rose by 2 points to give Ireland full marks in this category. Its AI user experience score also increased by a notable 3 points in 2019.
Ireland also has a mature ICT workforce to support ICT development and solid research capacity capable of delivering high end technology. To achieve its ambition of becoming the global leader in ICT skills, the new government continues to place high priority on the promotion of STEM education in general and ICT in particular.