The Network Readiness Index published by the World Economic Forum has always treated Sri Lanka and India well. They have quoted extensively from the Information and Communication Technology Plan for Sri Lanka 2011–2016 (which is, curiously, not available on the Ministry and ICTA websites). But more on that later.
It appears that the methodology has been radically reworked in 2012, so much so that comparisons with previous rankings do not appear in the report. While Sri Lanka’s overall rank (71st) slips back to where it was in 2009-10 (72nd), its relative position among the South and South East Asian countries has improved considerably. It is now ahead of Thailand (77th) and Indonesia (80th), and just a tad behind India (69th).
India’s absolute falls back considerably, but it overtakes Thailand, among the LIRNEasia countries. Among the developing Asian countries, the leader is Malaysia (29th), followed by China (51st), Brunei Darussalam (54th) and India (69th).
Philippines’ rank is unchanged at 86. Pakistan falls to 102nd from 88th in 2010-11. Bangladesh is 113th and Nepal 128th. Afghanistan, Bhutan and Maldives are not ranked.