Israel climbed to first place in the world in the digital quality of life survey

The affordability of mobile internet in Israel is top notch, but the quality is insufficient and the infrastructure needs to function, according to the 2022 annual Digital Quality of Life Index, which ranks Israel first overall in digital wellbeing out of 117 countries around the world. .

Israel climbed to first place – overtaking Denmark for two years – from Fourth in last year’s surveyand the eighth in 2020.

The exploratory study It is collected annually by virtual private network provider Surfshark, based on factors such as Internet affordability and quality, and digital government infrastructure and services.

Denmark moved into second place, with Germany, France and Sweden close to the top five in the 2022 index. The Netherlands, Finland, Japan, the United Kingdom, and South Korea are next in the top ten. The United States slipped to 12th, behind Lithuania, from fifth last year.

Congo, Yemen, Ethiopia, Mozambique and Cameroon had the worst performances and were in the bottom five countries.

The annual survey, now in its fourth year, rates countries based on a set of five “pillars” — internet affordability, internet quality, e-infrastructure, e-security and e-government — and 14 indicators such as internet speed and GDP. Per capita price, mobile internet price and broadband internet price. The study is based on open source information provided by the United Nations, the World Bank, Freedom House, the International Telecommunication Union, and other sources.

In a 2022 survey, Israel boasted the world’s cheapest mobile internet access. The index looked at the number of hours people have to work per month to provide access, and found that Israelis can buy 1GB of mobile internet for as cheap as 5 seconds of work per month, 58 times less than the US. Affordability for broadband internet was more expensive, at 19 minutes of work, but better than the global average of six hours of work.

Graph showing the countries with the highest digital well-being in 2022. (Surfshark, CC BY 3.0)

Israel had a mixed performance in the other categories. For internet quality, which considers the speed and stability of broadband and mobile connections, Israel slipped to 21st place from 11th in 2021. Chile climbed to first place in this axis, followed by Denmark and the United Arab Emirates. The United States came in sixth place.

In electronic infrastructure, which determines the development and comprehensiveness of the country’s current electronic infrastructure, Israel ranked 28th, moving up one place from 29th place in 2021. Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands took the top three places.

In e-government, which measures the progress and digitization of government services for a country, Israel slipped to 33rd, down from 29th last year, and far below the United States, which ranked first in this category, and all European countries.

Better e-government helps reduce bureaucracy, reduce corruption, and increase transparency in the public sector. It also improves the efficiency of public services and helps people save time, impacting the quality of their digital lives,” the organization explained in the supporting materials.

In the field of cyber security, which examines a country’s preparedness to confront cybercrime and its commitment to protecting privacy on the Internet, Startup Nation with one of the more powerful The world’s cybersecurity sectors have fallen to 32nd, down from 29th last year. Greece ranked first in this pillar for the second year in a row according to the index, followed by Belgium and Lithuania.

Israel’s lackluster infrastructure

In general, Israel has a relatively slow internet Because of the lack of competition, the reform aimed at upgrading the infrastructure derailed It is the basis of a corruption case against former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

According to the latest Report by M-Lab – A partnership between the New America Open Institute of Technology, Google Open Source Research, Princeton University’s Planet Lab and others, put together by Cable – Israel ranked 67th out of 224 countries for internet speed in 2021.

According to the data, the average download speed in Israel is 34.97 Mbps, higher than the global average of 28.69 Mbps but lower than the Netherlands with about 107 Mbps, Singapore with 97.61 and the United States with an average download speed of 92.42 Mbps the second.

The country’s efforts to launch a high-speed internet infrastructure using fiber-optic cables have yielded modest results so far, although the Ministry of Communications said this summer that some 70 percent of Israeli families are expected to arrive by the end of the year.

Fiber-optic networks, which use optical signals transmitted along hollow cables rather than electricity along copper wires, as current systems use, can provide download speeds of several gigabits per second. Current speeds are measured in tens of megabits per second.

Fiber-optic networks are the best way to provide faster connections in a world that is becoming more and more connected to the Internet – from smart cars to smart homes, refrigerators and televisions. Faster internet speeds are also essential for the use of advanced technologies such as virtual and artificial reality, advanced data delivery requirements or even HDTV transmissions. High internet speeds have also been linked to GDP growth and in helping to close social inequalities, Research show up.

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