Technology Landscape
Telecommunications  Infastructure
Liberalization and Deregulation
Internet Diffusion
Electronic Commerce
Hardware Manufacturing
Software Development
Who uses IT?
IT Labor Market
IT Geographies
IT Financing
Government Politics
Legal Environment
Transborder Data Flows
Strengths & Weaknesses
Impacts on Business
Sources and Links
About the Author
The land of fire and ice is one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world. Iceland is considered a 'captive audience' for technology innivation and a leader in mobile and Internet Communications. Two out of three homes in Iceland have Internet access and the country also has the highest penetration of mobile phone users. Seventy-three percent of the 270,000 people in Iceland own a mobile phone. Industry forecasts suggest that 100 percent penetration will be reached by mid 2002.

Three years ago, Icelend's telecommunications market was liberalized, with the state-owned post and telecoms company split up and competition introduced, initially in the mobile phone market. In contrast to many European countries, Iceland is receptive to all companies wanting licenses or liecense-based agreements. The country already has 17 telephone operators; one per 17,500 people. As a result, Iceland has an advanced telecommunications infastructure, in addition to a highly skilled labor force and a rapidly growing software industry. All of which place Iceland in the front running as a strong international IT contender.


This site is designed for educational purposes only for the class, "Impacts of National IT Environments on Business" taught by Professor Erran Carmel at the American University, Kogod School of Business.