The Age (of Australia) has put together a list of top ten digital cities based on different metrics such as broadband speed, cost of bandwidth, wireless connectivity, technology adoption and future potential. It is no surprise Seoul tops the list of the cities, followed by Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Stockholm rounding off the top spot. In Seoul, “Broadband is available in four out of five Seoul households and costs just $40 a month for speeds up to 100Mbps.”
Singapore is planning to deliver 1 Gbps to its residents by 2012. In comparison, we pay about $45 a month for about 6 megabits per second. No wonder San Francisco Bay Area comes in at #6, while New York comes in at #8. NY apparently is ranked in the list because of presence of large number wireless hot spots. Visitors to NY would disagree, for finding Wi-Fi is not as easy as it seems. If broadband and wireless connectivity, then one shouldn’t be surprised by the presence of future digital cities Tallinn, Estonia (#7), Beijing (#9) and New Songdo City, South Korea (#10).