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The Way to Estonia

How to Reach Digital Nirvana

Michaela Rehle / Reuters

Today, there are as many mobile phone subscriptions as people in the world, and close to 40 percent of the planet has Internet access. Digital connectivity is thus the defining force of our age: It fosters a more engaged civil society; gives consumers access to real-time information and a greater variety of products; opens opportunities for businesses to understand their markets, innovate, and compete; and streamlines government services and promotes transparency. The data on digital connectivity speak to its power and future economic potential. By 2016, the Internet economy in the G-20 nations will increase to $4.2 trillion, up from $2.3 trillion in 2010, according to Boston Consulting Group. If it were its own national economy, the Internet would be the fifth largest in the world. In developing countries, every ten percentage-point increase in Internet speed yields 1.3 percentage points in economic growth, according to the World Bank. In Africa alone, the Internet is slated to

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