City Life

Today, more people live in cities than in rural areas, and by 2050, about 70 percent of the world’s population is expected to reside in urban areas. This explosive growth and the rapid uptake of broadband are taking place at a time of serious economic, environmental and social challenges. Ensuring that our cities are creative, connected and sustainable is a major challenge but also an opportunity to improve the lives of billions of people along with the health and future of the planet itself.

Today, more people live in cities than in rural areas, and by 2050, about 70 percent of the world’s population is expected to reside in urban areas. This explosive growth and the rapid uptake of broadband are taking place at a time of serious economic, environmental and social challenges. Ensuring that our cities are creative, connected and sustainable is a major challenge but also an opportunity to improve the lives of billions of people along with the health and future of the planet itself.

In focus

Interactive City Index tool

Ericsson’s Networked Society City Index provides an inspiring contribution to urban development around the world. The 2014 index examines and ranks 40 world cities, providing a framework for measuring ICT maturity in relation to social, economic and environmental progress. It can be used to exploit emerging possibilities associated with a connected world.

See how your city measures up in the interactive City Index tool.

How to use the Networked Society City Index Interactive Tool

Insights

City Index Report

How ICT helps cities grow sustainably

How ICT helps cities grow sustainably

The Networked Society City Index 2014 examines and ranks 40 major cities, measuring their ICT maturity and the triple-bottom-line dimensions of economic, social and environmental development.

Networked Society City Index – 2014

Networked Society City Index – City profiles

Networked Society City Index – Methodology

Networked Society City Index – 2013

Earlier reports

Other reports

The Next Age of Megacities

The Next Age of Megacities

This report takes a closer look at how the largest cities in the world can use ICT to address their evolving challenges in a holistic, proactive and collaborative way, through a city management model.

The Next Age of Megacities

The Three Ages of Megacities

City Index infographic

ICT shaping future for world’s cities

ICT shaping future for world’s cities

The Networked Society City Index analyzes ICT-driven benefit creation in 40 of the world’s largest cities. The 2014 report makes important predictions about how ICT is shaping the future of urban development.

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