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Ireland in 6th place on this year's EU Digital Economy and Society Index
Ireland is in 6th place on the 2018 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), up from 8th place in 2017, and behind Denmark, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
The Digital Economy and Society Index monitors the performance of EU Member States in five areas: digital connectivity, digital skills, online activity, the digitisation of businesses and digital public services.
Ireland is also the third best performer under the fourth category – digitisation of businesses/integration of digital technology - thanks to its top ranking for all three indicators measuring the use of online commerce by SMEs and the high levels of social media use by Irish SMEs. The top two countries are Denmark and Finland.
However, the Index also draws attention to the fact that over half of Irish adults lack at least basic digital skills. Access to fast broadband has improved, but 6 % of rural homes in Ireland still do not have access to even basic fixed broadband and ultrafast broadband coverage remains below the EU average.
The full Ireland report is available here.
The full European Commission press release plus a Q&A and factsheet are available here.