TMI staff report, 3-7-18

China has now emerged as a global leader in its deployment and use of broadband applications and content, devices, and networks, surpassing South Korea and Japan.  That is one of the striking findings of Net Vitality 2.0: Identifying the Top-Tier Global Broadband Internet Ecosystem Leaders, a study by Prof. Stuart N. Brotman released March 7 in Washington.

Net Vitality 2.0 revisits the pioneering research approach first developed in 2010, which highlights countries that are leading on a global basis in their deployment and use of broadband applications and content; devices; and networks.  In 2018, these top-tier countries are China, the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Canada (listed by population size).  The study is available here.

Based on indices developed by the United Nations, the World Economic Forum, and respected quantitative research organizations around the world, this study presents a unique Net Vitality Index as a composite metric for evaluation.  The Index takes into account 38 factors, developed independently, to evaluate countries on an apples-to-apples basis, including a number of measures related to innovation that are critical to broadband Internet ecosystem development.

Prof. Stuart Brotman holds endowed chairs at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.  Prof. Brotman’s initial Net Vitality study was published in 2015 by The Media Institute. » Read More