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Ovum attended the 2016 Telecom Leaders' Summit organized by Huawei and the SAMENA Telecommunications Council in May 2016. SAMENA Telecommunications Council is the South Asia, Middle East, and North Africa region's industry association, representing telecommunications operators and service providers of 40 telecom operators across 25 markets.


  • The Global Connectivity Index Report (GCI) is a study that assesses the connectivity capabilities of different countries across four dimensions – availability, bandwidth, affordability and ease of use. It also contains 40 indicators covering the entire ICT spectrum including datacenters, e-commerce and e-governance, among others.
  • Overall, the 2016 GCI suggests that a 20% growth in ICT investment will increase a country's GDP by 1%.
  • The 2016 rankings found that the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia are adopters and are therefore well on their way to adopting a digital economy. Adopter nations see the biggest GDP growth according to the GCI.

Features and Benefits

  • The report analyzes correlates digital advancement, measured by a 100 point index with GDP growth.
  • This report analyzes Huawei's digital index and compares it to Ovum's Broadband Development Index (BDI).

Key questions answered

  • What are the defining components of a digital economy?
  • What is the relevance between ICT advancement and GDP?

Table of contents

Ovum view

  • Summary
  • The relevance of GCI to the ICT sector and the key pillars that define the digital economy
  • The defining components and country rankings
  • What should authorities and the industry do?


  • Further reading
  • Author

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