South Korea and Japan top the rankings for use of information and communication technologies (ICT) such as the Internet but developing states such as India are making giant strides a U.N. report said on Wednesday.
Using a speciallydevised Digital Opportunity Index (DOI) which tracks variables such as price and infrastructure the International Telecommunication Union put Denmark and Iceland in third and fourth places respectively.
Chile topped the list in Latin America while Morocco was the bestplaced African country.
The report by the United Nations' agency the first of a planned series measure progress on closing the global digital divide following the twostage World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) held in Geneva in and Tunis in . Since the date from which measurements begin India has shown the biggest progress followed by China Russia Hungary and Peru with the strongest advance being noted in infrastructure and broadband usage it said.
Overall mobile phone telephony was the main focus of ICT investment in developing countries it said.
Some countries had registered huge increases in use with Bangladesh for example leaping from percent mobile phone cover in to percent in .
But progress on closing the digital divide the main goal of the world summit was uneven.
While developing countries were making strong progress in mobile telephony and Internet access industrialised countries were forging ahead with G mobile and broadband technologies it said.