Internet Inclusive Index: Pakistan ranked 76th out of 100

EIU ranks Pakistan least internet inclusive country in South Asia

For the past 4 years, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has published the “Inclusive Internet Index”. Commissioned by Facebook, the 2020 report is comprised of 100 countries which is inclusive of 91% of the global population. It also accounts for 96% for the global GDP. The “Inclusive Internet Index” rates nations on the following:

  • Availability of the internet – the quality and breadth of available infrastructure required for access and levels of internet usage
  • Affordability of the internet – the cost of access relative to income and the level of competition in the internet marketplace
  • Relevance of the internet – the existence and extent of local language and relevant content
  • Readiness of people to use the internet – computed in terms of access to the internet, involving skills, cultural acceptance, and supporting policy.

Factors that obstruct Internet Inclusivity involve gender gap in internet and mobile access along with low level of digital literacy and relatively poor network quality. Across all of the indexed countries, men were 13% more likely to have access to the internet when compared to women – this number was 3% last year. The gender gap in the low-income countries is about 34.5%.

Internet Inclusive Index: Rankings

Pakistan performed poorly in terms of the categories given above:

  • Availability of the internet – 86th out of 100
  • Affordability of the internet – 57th out of 100
  • Relevance of the internet – 71st out of 100
  • Readiness of the people to use the internet – 64th.

According to the index in 2020, Pakistan ranks amongst the last quartile of the global internet index. In Asia, Pakistan ranks 24th out of 26 nations. Within South Asia, Pakistan ranked the lowest – India ranked 46th, whereas Sri Lanka ranked 56th and Bangladesh took the 70th spot.

The country with the highest inclusivity comprise of Sweden, New Zealand, the USA, Australia, Denmark, South Korea, Canada, the UK, France, and Spain. The countries with the lowest ranks are Burandi, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, and Burkina Faso.

Connectivity Across the World

The report also found that about 3.5 billion people worldwide are not connected to the internet and miss the opportunities that are accessible through it. Moreover, it seems that the growth of internet access in low income nations has slowed – only 9.9% of the households in these nations have access to the internet. In richer countries, 88.5% of the households have access.

If you wish to read the report in further detail, go to their website.

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