A global ranking of the largest cities in the world counts some of the cities in the Asia Pacific as the best when it comes to using ICT to help their citizens.
The second edition of the Ericsson Networked Society City Index has identified Seoul and Singapore as the top two biggest cities in the world where their citizens are seen to derive social, economic, and environmental benefits from ICT. Third in rank is Stockholm but three other Asian countries are in the top 10, namely Tokyo (7th), Shanghai (9th) and Beijing (10th).
Seoul moved up two spots this year to grab the top spot from Singapore. Stockholm dropped to the third spot while London remained at the same rank.
In the second edition, the Asian countries bested some of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world - London (4th) New York (5th), Paris (6th). Seven other Asia Pacific countries completed the top 25 global ranking - Sydney (12th), Delhi (16th), Mumbai (18th), Jakarta (20th), Manila (21st), Dhaka (22nd) and Karachi (24th).
The study by Ericsson in cooperation with Arthur D. Little aimed to develop a comprehensive City Index that tried to capture the benefits of ICT from the perspective of social, economic, and environmental benefits.
The results depict the ICT maturity of each city. Medium ICT mature cities, such as New Delhi, connect business and citizens to rapidly growth the economy while helping maintain economic growth by improving citizen's health, education and productivity. In low ICT mature cities, such as Dhaka and Manila, the report noted that governments "should take an active role to 'push' initiatives to improve ICT literacy in parallel to continued ICT investments".
The biggest cities were identified based on the United Nation's list of largest cities and the Networked Readiness Index of the World Economic Forum. The cities were assessed based on 40 indicators.
Ericsson said this year's study focused on the citizen's perspectives.
Patrik Regårdh from Ericsson's Networked Society Lab said the individual citizens' perspectives are important. "Successful cities excel at attracting ideas, capital and skilled people. Such positive attraction requires constant progress in economic terms, as well as within a social and environmental context."
Ericsson said the top three cities in the index have invested extensively in ICT and their citizens have felt the benefits of these investments. Seoul, for instance, uses ICT to deliver environment benefits while Singapore invests in e-health and is a "pioneer" in traffic-congestion management.
"The strong leadership by the Singapore government and its highly coordinated nationwide strategies for ICT investment under the iN2015 master plan are clear contributing factors to Singapore's high ICT maturity and development. As a result, Singaporeans enjoy a better quality of life, and the Singapore economy, bolstered by the advanced infrastructure and competitive ICT landscape, thrives," said Nicholas Seow, president and country manager, Ericsson Singapore and Brunei.
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