The 2014 edition of the Networked Society City Index examines and ranks 40 cities from around the world, looking at their performance, challenges and opportunities in terms of ICT, sustainability and development. The extensive research gives us a glimpse into the future of the city.
The report also continues to explore the connection between ICT maturity and triple bottom line development in cities around the world.
One of the key findings from the report is the fact that cities with a low ICT maturity tend to be improving their ICT maturity faster than high performing cities, indicating a catch-up effect. Many cities also have the opportunity to leapfrog by avoiding expensive and increasingly obsolete physical infrastructure and instead move straight ahead to advanced mobile technology.
Stockholm’s top ranking is thanks to its well-developed ICT infrastructure, extremely well-developed open data and e-services and high-quality access to both fixed and mobile broadband, thanks to extensive infrastructure rollouts.