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Cyprus Ranks 20th In The Digital Economy And Society Index

Cyprus Ranks 20th In The Digital Economy And Society Index

Cyprus ranks 20th among 27 EU Member States in the 2022 edition of the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI). The DESI Index ranks Member States according to their level of digitalisation and analyses their relative progress over the last five years, considering their starting point.

Considering its starting point, Cyprus relative progress is above the expected rate, indicating that it is converging to the EU average, according to the report. Cyprus has improved its performance in almost all DESI dimensions, although in most cases it still scores below the EU average.

The most marked progress has been made in Connectivity, Integration of Digital technology and Digital public services. Cyprus ranks above the EU average on mobile broadband take-up and has improved its coverage of Very High-Capacity Networks (VHCN). It also scores high in the 5G readiness and relative coverage indicators. Nevertheless, according to the report, coverage by VHCN is still far from both the EU average and the EU’s Digital Decade target, which is for all European households to be covered by a Gigabit network and all populated areas to be covered by 5G by 2030.

The report also mentions that, although the Cyprus has improved its score in recent years, it is still below the EU average on basic digital skills. It adds that Cyprus must continue its ongoing efforts to enable it to achieve the Digital Decade target of 100% online provision of key public services for EU citizens and businesses by 2030.

Source: CNA

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