Chile received the best rating in Latin America in Nokia Siemens Networks' (NSN) Connectivity Scorecard 2010 ranking, according to results released by the company.
NSN's study aimed to measure the useful application of ICT technologies, as well as to indicate the degree to which consumers, companies and governments make proper use of these technologies to contribute to national development.
Of 25 emerging market countries, Chile maintained its third place ranking from the year before, scoring 6.06 points, but down from the 6.59 points it obtained in the 2009 ratings. Ahead of Chile was Malaysia with 7.14 points and South Africa with 6.18 points.
According to NSN, Chile has one of the most mature telecoms markets in the region and was the first in Latin America in terms of implementing new technologies. NSN said Chile maintained its third-place position because it possesses one of the most advanced telecom infrastructures in South America.
However, the study showed that business usage and skills in ICT were deficient, especially when taking into account the country's solid infrastructure. Business expenditures for hardware and software, as well as levels of international communications traffic, are also relatively low.
Other Latin American countries in study's ranking were Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Colombia. With five total countries from the region, the most recent ranking is a shift from the 2008 study, when only Brazil and Mexico appeared.
All five were in the top 10. Argentina followed Chile at fourth with 5.90 points, Brazil was in sixth with 5.32, Mexico in eighth with a score of 5.00 and Colombia in ninth place, with a score of 4.76. Russia and Turkey also made the top 10, in fifth and seventh place, respectively.