Last Friday’s Irish Times reports that Ireland has climbed from 26th to 18th place in the ICT league (compiled by the Information Telecommuniction Union).
This measures progress over the period 2002-2007. It is good news – in amongst the boring bad news. To get ourselves back on our feet we need to stimulate business – what this survey is telling us is that some of the building blocks which were not there previously are now in place.
Our broadband rollout may not be perfect. It may also seem expensive in many cases. But the real failing is that we as a country are not maximising the opportunities quicky enough around the infrastructure we already have.
Rather than thinking of the web as a way to source cheaper resources overseas we need to see the web as a way to internationalise all our businesses (and a reason to build out a range of new businesses).