Israel has been ranked in the 34th place in the Boston Consulting Group's 2012 e-Intensity Index, which grades countries according to their governments' role in encouraging Internet among consumers, businesses and within the government itself.
The study examines the government's role in the country's Internet policy, weighing three parameters: Enablement, which considers the quality of the infrastructure and the availability of access; expenditure, which assesses how much money is spent on online retail and online advertising; and engagement, which measures how actively businesses, governments, and consumers are embracing the Internet.
Although Israel is considered a high-tech country, it ranked just 34th out of 85 countries.
South Korea, Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Finland, Norway, Luxemburg, Japan and the United States top the index. Ghana, Nigeria, Indonesia and Cameroon are at the bottom of the ranking.
According to the research initiators, encouraging Internet use among governments, consumers and businesses can be a powerful edge in the competitive global economy.