Bangladesh Deeply Lags Behind In Global Internet Penetration

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According to the latest report on global internet penetration – ‘The State of Broadband 2015′ paints a dismal picture for the Bangladesh internet scene. Bangladesh finds itself consistently placing at the bottom rung of almost all of the indexes.

The latest report has been published by the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, global advocate for high-speed, high-capacity broadband internet connection set up by ITU and UNESCO in 2010. It looked at 189 countries for their progress on internet proliferation.

Bangladesh has been among the worst performers in internet penetration and proliferation as per its position on most of the fundamental indexes, even though Bangladesh is among 148 countries to have a National Broadband Policy.

Only 1.2 out of every 100 people had fixed broadband subscriptions in the country in 2014, placing Bangladesh at 149

Only 1.2 out of every 100 people had fixed broadband subscriptions in the country in 2014, placing Bangladesh at 149. Maldives, Bhutan and Sri Lanka are faring far better than their South Asian counter-parts, placing at 97, 109 and 114 while India, Pakistan and Nepal are at 131, 135 and 139. That means, Bangladesh finishes last among its SAARC neighbors.

On the active mobile-broadband subscriptions per 100 people in Bangladesh was 6.4 in 2014. That places Bangladesh at 149 out of 189 countries. As before, Maldives, Bhutan and Nepal are way ahead in South Asia, placing at 65, 101 and 115. India and Pakistan performs the worst at 155 and 156, only slightly lower than Bangladesh.

Even among the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Bangladesh ranks at 22 in percentage of individuals using the internet (9.6%). Bhutan sits at the top with 34.4%, Nepal at 14 with 15.4% individuals using the internet.

Bangladesh has a crucial role in global internet penetration as it is, by far, the most densely populated country in the world. Progress or the lack of it significantly influences the global statistics.

According to data from Internet Telecommunication Union (ITU), only 43% of world’s population is now online in some form or another. That means a stark 57% of the population is still in digital darkness.

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