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The GCI annually ranks 79 nations along an S-curve graph based on their latest GCI scores. According to ICT investment, ICT maturity, and digital economic performance, the S-curve groups nations into three clusters: Starters, Adopters, and Frontrunners. In 2019, we have expanded the GCI’s research methodology to help policymakers understand AI’s growing influence on the global economy.

Digital Economy Journey:
The GCI S-Curve
Placing GCI with GDP

The GCI S-curve shows the digital economy journey of nations through the relationship between GCI score and GDP. Big investors in ICT infrastructure at the top of the S-curve tend to show significantly stronger GDP per capita than those at the bottom of the S-curve.

Nations need to ensure adequate investment in and development of the four core technologies covered by GCI scoring Broadband, Cloud, IoT and AI and measured by 40 GCI indicators.

A New Tipping Point Triggers New Growth Potential
A key finding in GCI 2019 is that advanced economies reach a tipping point that triggers a new growth cycle. However, the experience of Frontrunners differs from that of Starters. Frontrunners’ mature digital economies have seen growth stagnate in recent years as they have already maxed out the value of their investment in ICT infrastructure.

When these advanced economies reach a GCI score of 65, they begin to effectively apply AI solutions. From this point on, we expect AI applications to add more than 1% to Frontrunners’ GDP growth in 2019.
Tapping the Full Potential of AI to Boost GDP Growth
Nations across the GCI spectrum are discovering an “AI's upside potential" in 2019. Simply stated, it means that tapping the full potential of AI could significantly increase GDP growth.

While much of the economic benefits of AI today goes to the GCI's most advanced economies, even Frontrunners are relegated to beginner status with AI technology while they learn how to develop, adopt, and train it to solve real-world challenges. But, with AI algorithms and services readily available on cloud platforms, Adopters and even Starters will inevitably learn from Frontrunners’ experience and find ways to adapt the technology to work in their own ICT environment. Developing economies accessing AI will play an important role in spreading the technology’s benefits across regions and industries.

For Frontrunners like the US and Japan that possess the most advanced ICT infrastructure, AI's upside potential today represents a huge gap in untapped growth. In the case of the US, AI’s current impact on the country’s GDP is estimated to be 300% to 400% lower than its potential value.
Ecosystem Stakeholders Drive Collaboration
Intelligent Connectivity functions and creates value through collaborative ecosystems. These ecosystems that employ AI, cloud services, and IoT can sustain and thrive on a continuous flow of data feedback like a virtuous cycle. The more data available, the more effective Intelligent Connectivity becomes at predicting users' needs so that personalized products and services can be provided to win customers and solve real-world problems.

GCI 2019 identifies five stakeholder roles that can collaborate across domains, break down organizational silos, and deliver faster results to customers: Decision Makers, Data Scientists, Data Collectors, ICT Companies, and End Users. Understanding how to participate and leverage the strengths of these collaborative stakeholders is crucial for policymakers and industry leaders to deliver sustainable growth for their country or organization, especially as the influence of Intelligent Connectivity expands.

This year we find that nations that closely work with other trading country partners have a higher chance to reap the greatest benefits of Intelligent Connectivity, as local, regional, and certainly global ecosystems are increasingly reliant on cross-industry and international collaboration to create value for all participants: nations, enterprises, and the public.
GCI 2019 Insights
Shorter rollout times of 5G will give it a head-start in fueling the next wave of economic growth
From 2G to 3G to 4G, each new generation of wireless networks has been a driver of economic growth, typically after reaching 10% global market penetration. It took seven years for 3G to get to this point and six years for 4G. We expect 5G will get there significantly faster at just four years.

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AI readiness is activated by investments in cloud and IoT, two key technologies that underpin AI and boost a nation's GCI score

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The accelerating convergence of broadband, cloud, IoT, AI, robotics, and other emerging technologies is creating new business opportunities and ways for global ecosystems to thrive.

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Technology Impact
Technology convergence will fuel the next wave of GDP growth

The future isn’t guaranteed and change is never easy. It will take investment, infrastructure, and data. It will take determination and forethought. And it will take an understanding of how to plan ICT strategies based on the convergence of emerging technologies.

5G's rapid rollout will create new economic growth.
Cloud and IoT
The formula for success is simple: Governments should invest in Intelligent Connectivity’s enabling technologies with a particular focus on two prerequisites that AI needs to be effective Cloud and IoT.
Technology Convergence
As the technologies that underpin Intelligent Connectivity converge, they will spur a wave of innovation that will profoundly change business and everyday life.
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