Spain lagging behind in techno innovation

14th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

14 May 2007, MADRID – Instead of catching-up with other countries by adopting new technologies, Spain is lagging further behind, reports on Monday said.

14 May 2007

MADRID – Instead of catching-up with other countries by adopting new technologies, Spain is lagging further behind, reports on Monday said.

The Economist magazine's study, based on 100 qualitative and quantitative tests, ranked Spain 26th out of 69 countries – two places lower than in the last report.

The report said: “Our classifications allow governments to gauge their technological initiatives with regard to other countries.”

It looked at each country’s infrastructure, use of technology by individuals, businesses and governments and the state’s efforts to promote new technologies.

Spain is the worst of all in the amount and quality of its technological infrastructure, even coming after Italy and Portugal.

The test takes into account the population’s access to Internet via phone lines, broadband as well as the number of mobile phones.

According to the study, Spain ranks above average in terms of homes with fixed phones  but falls below when it comes to computers per household and broadband access.

Despite efforts by the present government to up investment in research and development, Spain also falls behind other countries in government vision with regard to developing and implementing new technology.

Denmark came top, followed in a tie with the U.S. and Sweden.

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Subject: Spanish news

 

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