30January 2024

Qatar Achieves 3rd Highest Score Globally in the ITU’s ICT Development Index 2023


The State of Qatar achieved the third-highest score globally in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Development Index (IDI) for 2023, released by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in late December 2023.

The ITU IDI 2023 covers 169 economies and is a comprehensive assessment of internet connectivity among them, reflecting their digital development. It consists of 10 indicators, divided into two main pillars: Universal Connectivity and Meaningful Connectivity, measuring respectively how many are connected to telecommunication services and the quality of the connectivity. These indicators are evaluated on a scale from 0 to 100 points, where a total score of 100 points indicates that an 'ideal state' of connectivity has been achieved.

According to the ITU IDI 2023, the State of Qatar secured the third position with a total score of 97.3, slightly behind the State of Kuwait, which topped the score with a total score of 98.2. The Republic of Singapore secured the second position with a total score of 97.4.

Engineer Ahmad Abdulla AlMuslemani, President of the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA), reflected on the ITU IDI 2023 results, stating, “Our outstanding score in the ITU Index highlights our dedicated efforts at CRA, in partnership with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the telecom Service Providers, towards the development of the ICT sector. This performance demonstrates our steadfast commitment to enhance the stature of the State of Qatar as a frontrunner in the field of telecommunications, ensuring that consumers have access to high-quality telecom services, while constantly pursuing innovative solutions.”

He added, “Qatar's top score highlights the strong correlation between digital development and economic growth. This achievement seamlessly aligns with Qatar National Vision 2030 and one of its goals, to diversify the Qatari economy and secure a stable, sustainable business environment.”

Qatar’s advanced network technology is recognized as one of the best in the world, contributing significantly to its high score. The report states that 100 percent of the population in Qatar are covered by at least a 3G mobile network and 99.8 percent are covered by at least a 4G/LTE mobile network. Moreover, the report highlights that 99.6 percent of individuals in Qatar own a mobile phone. Individuals using the internet in Qatar stand at 99.7 percent, with 95 percent of households having internet access at home.