European Digital Economy and Society Index 2018 Report


The DESI report tracks the progress made by Member States in terms of their digitisation. It is structured around five chapters:

  1. Connectivity: Fixed broadband, mobile broadband and prices

  2. Human Capital: Internet use, basic and advanced digital skills

  3. Use of Internet Services: Citizens' use of content, communication and online transactions

  4. Integration of Digital Technology: Business digitisation and e-commerce

  5. Digital Public Services: eGovernment and eHealth.

According to the 2018 DESI, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and the Netherlands have the most advanced digital economies in the EU followed by Luxembourg, Ireland, the UK, Belgium and Estonia. Romania, Greece and Italy have the lowest scores.

Belgium is therefore at the 8th place, out of the 28 EU Member States, a fall of two places compared with the previous edition. Concerning the five domains, Belgium ranks 5th for the Connectivity (2nd for fast broadband coverage and take-up, 3rd for ultrafast broadband coverage and take-up, but 24th for mobile broadband take-up, 19th for broadband price index), 12th for the Human capital (6th for ICT specialists, 23rd for graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, ...), 13th for the Use of Internet services, 5th for the Integration of Digital Technology (3rd for e-commerce turnover, 1st for electronic Information Sharing ...) and 15th for the Digital public services (19th for e-government users and open data, 20th for digital public services for businesses ...).