Innovation work commissioned by Nokia Siemens Networks. The press release provides some background context (deficiencies in the use of communications technologies). You can download the PDF version of the reports by visiting the site (just click on the citation link below):
New measures provide more comprehensive results on ICT usage
Unlike other research available, the Connectivity Scorecard measures usage and skills such as literacy, the use of enterprise software and the accessibility of women to ICT. It also articulates the benefits of connectivity explicitly in terms of economic and social contributions taking into account varying needs in different countries.
Different economies have different needs
Economic growth of innovation driven economies depends on new ways of using connectivity, whereas for efficiency and resource driven economies social development plays an important role in getting the most from connectivity investments.
The study shows that even the world’s best connected countries such as the Unites States and Sweden are not exploiting communications technologies to their fullest potential. Given the room for improvement on multiple measures of connectivity, there is every reason to believe that the worldwide gain from improving connectivity could be significantly higher.