The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) think tank from the States has compiled a report ranking 30 countries broadband offerings by a composite measure based on three indicators: household broadband penetration, average speed weighted by percentage of subscribership (Mbps), and lowest available price per Mbps.
The graph is interesting reading, it shows that New Zealand is relatively close to Australia, the UK and the USA on a composite score and ahead of what is held up as a Hi-tech success story, Ireland. Could it be that Ireland has got maximum utilisation out of the connectivity is has available to it (not to mention the EU money it has available to it), and if this is the case perhaps New Zealand’s economic growth to internet service ration is the real issue? ie we’re not using the connectivity we have for the right things?
It’s a contentious topic, even more so given that it’s an election year – but once again it begs the (mis)quote;