ICT Development in Central America

Panama comes out top (66 in the world), followed by Costa Rica (71), El Salvador (103), Honduras (107), and then Nicaragua (113). Guatemala does not appear in the general list.

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In Latin America Uruguay is first (50 in the overall list), followed by Chile (55), Argentina (56), Brazil (60).
The Index of ICT Development (ITD in Spanish) which once a year presents to the International Telecommunication Union its report entitled "Measuring the Information Society", is a composite index that combines 11 indicators into a reference value (presented on a scale from 0 to 10).

The objectives of the ITD are to oversee progress in ICT’s, both in developed and developing countries, and to measure the evolution of the digital divide in the world.
The IDT is divided into three sub-indices: access, use and skills, and each reflects different aspects and components of the development process of ITC. The report presents the results of IDT in 2011 for 155 countries, and compares them with those of 2010.

For the second consecutive year, the Republic of Korea leads the IDT 2011, followed by Sweden. The other ten countries (in order) are Denmark, Iceland, Finland, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Japan, the United Kingdom and Switzerland (Table 1).

It is noteworthy that the five countries in the top positions have not changed between 2010 and 2011, and therefore maintain the highest levels of ICT in the world. Between 2010 and 2011, almost all of the 155 countries included in the index improved their IDT values , demonstrating the continued growth of ICT uptake worldwide. On average, the IDT rose by 0.21 points.

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