European Digital Economy and Society Index 2019 Report


The DESI report tracks the progress made by Member States in terms of their digitalisation. It is structured around six 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.

  6. Research and Development ICT.

According to the 2019 DESI, Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands and Denmark, have the most advanced digital economies in the EU followed by the UK, Luxembourg, Ireland, Estonia and Belgium (9th place out of the 28 EU Member States).

Concerning the five domains, Belgium ranks 6th for the Connectivity (2nd for 4G coverage, 3rd for fast broadband coverage and take-up and ultrafast broadband coverage and take-up, but 24th for mobile broadband take-up and 19th for broadband price index), 12th for the Human capital (7th for ICT specialists, but 26th for ICT graduates), 10th for the Use of Internet services, 3rd for the Integration of Digital Technology (3rd for big data, 1st for electronic Information Sharing) and 13th for the Digital public services (4th for Medical data exchange, but 23rd for e-government users and open data, 20th for digital public services for businesses).