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Istanbul,Cairo top Middle East cities in Ericsson Networked Society Index
Source: BI-ME , Author: Posted by BI-ME staff
Posted: Wed November 23, 2011 4:44 pm

UAE. The second edition of Ericsson’s (NASDAQ:ERIC) Networked Society City Index ranked Istanbul and Cairo amongst the world’s 25 largest cities according to their ability to transform Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to social, economic and environmental benefits.

Istanbul and Cairo were the only two Middle Eastern cities that made the list and are ranked 14th and 19th respectively.

The Index aims to identify which markets successfully met social, economic and environmental targets by making extensive investments in ICT. Through the Networked Society City Index study, Ericsson aims to contribute and inspire the development of Networked cities around the world. 

The study shows that Istanbul and Cairo are amongst the medium ICT maturity cities. The connecting entrepreneurial businesses and citizens in these rapidly growing economies can both further citizens’ benefits and help maintain economic growth by improving citizen health, education and productivity whilst lessening the adverse impact on the environment from the rapidly expanding economic activity.

“The inclusion of Istanbul and Cairo in the Network Society Index demonstrates the growing importance of ICT in the Middle East. It also reflects the vision of countries like Turkey and Egypt, which are making a concerted effort to ensure that the national infrastructure enables not only connectivity but, importantly, competitiveness,” said Anders Lindblad, President and Head of Region Middle East and North Africa.

“Istanbul and Cairo are wonderful examples of cities that are proactively investing in their future. While they are only two cities from the Middle East mentioned in the Index, we recognize that there are several more around the region that are putting a tremendous amount of effort into evolving their own Network Societies.”  
“It is crucial to analyze the perspective of individual citizens,” says Patrik Regårdh, from Ericsson’s Networked Society Lab. “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.”

The new study also looks at the benefits ICT has enabled in various cities in areas such as health, education, economy, the environment and efficiency, as well as its citizens’ exposure to ICT.

“As people get their most basic needs satisfied, attention shifts to e.g., balanced life styles, a rich cultural scene, good transport and transaction facilities, good health also in their senior years, self-fulfillment – for example - in terms of higher education and a clean environment throughout the city,” says Erik Almqvist, Director Arthur D. Little. “ICT has the potential to improve quality of life in many of these fields and connectivity itself anytime anywhere is increasingly regarded as a basic citizen’s right.”

The Networked Society City Index is a tool that can help city authorities and decision makers monitor the position and progress of cities along the ICT-development curve. It should be read as the starting point in an open dialogue, rather than the final word on how cities can progress their triple bottom lines.

The Networked Society City Index – established through a joint study conducted by Ericsson and management consultancy Arthur D. Little – will comprise a series of three reports that rank 25 of the world’s largest cities based on their ability to transform ICT maturity into benefits for their citizens and businesses.

Ericsson is the world’s leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators. Ericsson is the leader in 2G, 3G and 4G mobile technologies, and provides support for networks with over 2 billion subscribers and has the leading position in managed services. The company’s portfolio comprises mobile and fixed network infrastructure, telecom services, software, broadband and multimedia solutions for operators, enterprises and the media industry. The Sony Ericsson and ST-Ericsson joint ventures provide consumers with feature-rich personal mobile devices.

Ericsson is advancing its vision of being the “prime driver in an all-communicating world” through innovation, technology, and sustainable business solutions. Working in 180 countries, more than 90,000 employees generated revenue of SEK 203.3 billion (USD 28.2 billion) in 2010. Founded in 1876 with the headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX, Stockholm and NASDAQ New York.

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