Portugal continued to advance up the GCI rankings, reaching 24th this year.
Broadband is widely available across the country as a result of increasing investment in ICT fundamentals: telecoms, FTTH, 4G, and some high tech enablers such as cloud and IoT. In other key technologies, Portugal also performs above the global average. Smartphone penetration and mobile broadband use are already at a peak and interest has shifted and grown in secured servers and cloud migration.
The national cloud computing market is now on a reasonably steady foundation, but there is still a lot of room to grow in the use of these services. The cloud is an opportunity for all organizations that want to respond quickly to changes in their market. It gives them a chance for a sustained response to these challenges in the form of flexible, scalable, and secure online services. To achieve this, Portugal will need to further develop its fixed broadband networks and its capacity for cyber security. Because Portugal is a relatively small country, Portuguese businesses should consider finding ways to export their services using the latest technology. This could be a strong booster for its slowly growing economy.