South Korea: World’s most advanced communications economy

Although it is not one of the top three economies in the world, South Korea was the world’s most advanced Internet and telecommunications economy in 2010, Reuters reports.

Beating the United States, China and Japan, South Korea had the highest levels of “access, usage and skills.” Scandinavian countries follow closely behind South Korea; with Sweden, Iceland, Denmark and Finland trailing the Asian country.

Despite having the largest number of Internet users, China is ranked 80th based on its ICT (Information & Communication Technology) competency, according to ITU. The United States was ranked 17th.

From Reuters:

“The ‘mobile miracle’ is putting ICT services within reach of even the most disadvantaged people and communities. Our challenge now is to replicate that success in broadband,” the ITU’s Secretary-General Hamadoun Toure said in the report.