World becoming "more connected"

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The view inside a bustling electronics market in Bangkok, Thailand.UN Photo/Kibae Park (file photo)

The world is becoming "more connected" in terms of information and communications technologies or ICTs, according to an annual flagship report by the UN's telecoms agency, ITU.

Developed countries lead the field in connectivity with South Korea topping the rankings for the second year in a row.

Daniel Dickinson has more details.

Nearly all of the 175 countries covered by the ITU’s Measuring the Information Society Report, have become more connected to the Internet and mobile networks over the last year.

The top ten countries for connectivity include three in the Asia-Pacific region, and seven European countries.

They do not include the United States, Russia nor China which are 15th, 43rd and 81st respectively.

The highest ranked mainland African country is South Africa at 88th and the lowest at 175th is Niger. The bottom 11 least connected countries in the world are all in sub-Saharan Africa.

The ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao said that ICTs will be essential in meeting the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the global poverty targets which will frame international development for the next 15 years.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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