As compared to last year's ranking where United States ranked first on the usage of telecommunications technologies such as networks, cellphones and computers; Sweden took the number one spot to top the annual rankings. The scorecard that London Business School professor Leonard Waverman created in 2008 measure 50 countries on many factors including including technological skills and usage of communications technology. Sweden was second in the last survey behind the United States, and Norway is placed third, up from fifth spot last year.
It was reported that new indicator, that is, commissioned by telecom gear maker Nokia Siemens Networks, is already used by several countries in developing innovation strategies. Eastern and Southern European countries including Italy, Spain, Greece and Poland, took the last spots on the list of 25 developed countries.Malaysia, helped by good co-operation between the public and private sectors, continued to top the list for developing countries, while South Africa rose to second spot, helped by strong corporate spending on IT hardware, software and services. The ranking (From top to bottom) included following countries in top ten slot: Sweden, United States, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Finland, Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, and Japan.