Netherlands ranks 10th in GCI 2019, down two positions from last year.
The country has maintained a strong performance in GCI 2019, with the majority of its indicator scores exceeding the global average. Its score for 4G coverage improved by 1 point, as did investment in security and cloud computing. An increase in cloud migration is required to improve IoT performance in both demand and experience. Computer penetration has improved by 1 point to hit the maximum possible score, together with smartphone penetration. Last year’s GCI indicators show that both fixed and mobile broadband affordability have been maintained. The Netherlands continues to be a European leader in connectivity with high-quality, ubiquitous digital infrastructure. Its advanced digital networks have boosted growth of the digital economy and society, and support highly advanced business, education, and a scientific environment, which in turn encourages international investment. Almost all Dutch people make extensive use of Internet services, especially banking and shopping.
The Netherlands is one of the leaders when it comes to 4G coverage and speeds. The government has cited its digital priorities to be cybersecurity, the digitalization of public services, and digital skills. However, its economy will stagnate if high-speed wireless technology fails to keep up with consumer and business demands especially high-tech enablers in the near future. The Netherlands has begun establishing connected buildings as a “living lab” for innovative IoT applications in office environments, initially achieving features such as smart lighting and inner environment.