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Cisco Digital Readiness Index

Understanding and increasing digital readiness

The Cisco Digital Readiness Index was developed to holistically measure a country’s level of digital readiness. The Index provides guidance on how countries can improve their overall readiness to foster an inclusive digital economy.

Turning insights into action

The Cisco Digital Readiness Index explores the level of digital readiness across 141 countries and seven holistic components. Research found a relationship between digital readiness and GDP per capita demonstrating the importance of economic value and digital readiness.

Seven holistic components

Seven holistic components are used to determine digital readiness. Results reveal opportunities for local governments, industry, educational institutions, and community organizations to increase digital readiness and target appropriate interventions.

Basic Needs

  • Life Expectancy
  • Mortality Rate (Under 5 Years)
  • Access to Electricity
  • Population using Safe Drinking Water Services

Business & Government Investment

  • Foreign Direct Investment
  • R&D Expenditures
  • Investment Freedom

Ease of Doing Business

  • Ease of Doing Business Index
  • Rule of Law
  • Logistics Performance Index Infrastructure Rating
  • Time to Get Electricity

Human Capital

  • Literacy Rate
  • Education Index (Years of Schooling)
  • Labor Force Participation
  • Harmonized Test Scores

Start-Up Environment

  • Venture Capital Investments & Availability
  • Patents + Trademarks
  • New Business Density

Technology Adoption

  • Mobile Cellular Penetration
  • Internet Usage
  • Public Cloud Services (IT Spend Forecast)

Technology Infrastructure

  • Mobile Broadband Subscriptions
  • Fixed Broadband Subscriptions
  • Secure Internet Servers
  • Household Internet Access

Fueling the stages of digital readiness

With awareness of digital readiness, organizations and governments can adapt and align programs and initiatives to build necessary skills, help communities thrive, promote innovation, and foster entrepreneurship.

Download the whitepaper

For more detailed information about the Cisco Digital Readiness Index, download the whitepaper.