An Αssessment of the Ιnformation Society Development in Slovenia, Croatia, and Poland in relation to the EU Average on the Base of Connectivity and Infrastructure Development
Purpose: The purpose of the article is to provide an exposition on the progress made in the information society of Slovenia, Croatia, and Poland, with reference to the EU average on the base of connectivity and infrastructure development. Design/Methodology/Approach: The study employs a combination of deductive, inductive, and comparative analysis methods, drawing upon diverse reports pertaining to the digital society development in Slovenia, Croatia, and Poland. Moreover, the authors incorporate a critical review of pertinent literature to present the current understanding regarding the nature and drivers of digital society development. Synthesis techniques are employed to facilitate a comprehensive evaluation of the state of the Slovenian, Croatian, Polish, and EU digital societies, thereby highlighting primary dilemmas faced in the present context. Findings: Examined countries have demonstrated efforts to enhance digital connectivity, and to build up the needed infrastructure for the proper development of information society aligning themselves with the broader European Union digital agenda. Practical Implications: The results of the research as well as recommendations can indicate further improvements within the information society development. Originality/Value: The analysis undertaken encompasses carefully selected indicators that characterize pivotal aspects of the digital society in the examined three countries from the perspective of connectivity and infrastructure. These indicators include Fast Broadband coverage, Fixed Very High Capacity Network, Mobile broadband take-up and 5G coverage.