Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has released the inclusive internet index 2020, in which Pakistan has been ranked 76th out of 100 countries.
Countries are ranked on the ‘Inclusive Internet Index’ based on the internet’s availability, affordability, relevance and the readiness of people to use it. Facebook has commissioned the annual report.
The index covered 100 countries in its fourth year. 91% of the world’s population and 96% of the global GDP was represented.
Pakistan stood at 76th position on a scale of 1 (best) to 100 (worst). In Asian countries ranking of global internet index, Pakistan ranks 24th out of 26 Asian countries.
EIU said, “Notable among its weaknesses is by far the largest gender gaps in the index, in both mobile and internet access. Low levels of digital literacy and relatively poor network quality are major impediments to internet inclusion.”
Pakistan depicted poor performance in all the four dimensions measured i.e. availability, affordability, relevance, and readiness.
Pakistan ranked 86th out of 100 countries in availability. On affordability Pakistan ranked slightly better, 57th out of 100 countries. In readiness, a category that measures access to internet, skills, cultural acceptance, and supporting policy, Pakistan ranked 64th out of 100 countries.
On relevance Pakistan stood 71st which measures the existence and extent of local language content and relevant content.
In South Asia, Pakistan ranked lowest with Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and India at 70th, 56th, and 46th positions respectively.
Sweden ranked at the top in this year’s index. New Zealand and the United States followed Sweden in second and third positions. New Australia and Denmark both ranked fourth followed by South Korea, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, and Spain.