We live in the age of internet and technology, despite that there are many people who are still unaware of the internet, digital tech and its usage. In Pakistan, the internet came quite late and even today there is huge digital infrastructure unavailable in the country. According to a recent report, 69% of Pakistanis in the age group 15 and 65 have no idea of what the internet is.
This finding was made through an information communication technology (ICT)-based survey.
A Sri Lankan company called LirneAsia that basically focuses on information communication and technology conducted a survey. 2000 Pakistani households were taken as the sample of the survey. Helani Galpya the CEO of LirneAsia said, “The 152 million active cellular subscribers mentioned on Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) website, despite a good SIM registration system, tell nothing about the subscribers – whether they are men and women, rich or poor and does not really help understand access and usage gaps.”
The report also highlighted the internet issues faced in the Asian nations. It revealed that only 30% of the Pakistani population aged between 15 and 65 know about the internet and aware as to how to use it. The report further revealed that Pakistan has minimum urban to rural gap among the internet users. Pakistan in comparison to India and Bangladesh have fewer women who use internet compared to men.
Surprisingly the report also revealed that people were unable to use the internet due to the absence of a smartphone.
Helani Galpaya highlighted, “The rest of the 53pc have no internet capability on their phones. It is time to get smartphones into the hands of the people and basic phones out,”