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ICT investment needed

January 26, 2009


New Canadian investment needed in information and communication technologies, study suggests

Canada has placed seventh out of 25 developed countries on the 2009 Connectivity Scorecard, to be released Wednesday, Jan. 28. But the Canadian government must increase its investment in information and communication technologies to keep from falling further behind, says Dr. Leonard Waverman, Dean of the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary and creator of the scorecard.

Waverman developed the Connectivity Scorecard in 2008 to measure how well governments, businesses and consumers make use of information and communication technologies, such as fibre-optic lines, mobile phones and PCs, to promote social and economic growth and competitiveness. The 2009 study updates and expands the findings from 2008.
Canada performs well on several aspects of the study, including the use of the Internet by business to purchase goods, and the user skills of its workforce. Canada doesn’t score as well on consumer infrastructure, which measures the degree of “Fibre-to-the-Home,” although the study says that Canadian cable operators are moving in this direction.  

The Connectivity Scorecard 2009 has implications for technology infrastructure spending promised by the Canadian government in the federal budget.

All media are invited to participate in a virtual press conference on Wed. Jan. 28 from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. (MST). One-on-one interviews will take place from 11:00 - 12:00 p.m. (MST)  

Study Ranking Countries Based on Use of Information and Communication Technologies.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. (MST)

Virtual Press Conference. To register and have access to the webcast and presentation, go to:

To join the live call, dial +44 (0) 20 3023 4486.
Dr. Leonard Waverman, Dean, Haskayne School of Business; Kalyan Dasgupta, Managing Consultant at LECG; llkka Lakaniemi, Head of Global Political Dialogue and Initiatives at Nokia Siemens Networks, who commissioned the study.
For more information or to arrange a one-on-one interview contact:
Joanne Ramsay
Director of Marketing and Communications
Haskayne School of Business
W: (403) 220.3375

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