Pakistan ranked least internet inclusive country in South Asia

In 2021 Including Internet Ranking, Pakistan was ranked ninth among 120 countries, published by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). In recent years, Pakistan has been slipping down and becoming the least inclusive country on the Internet rather than an improved position. By 2020, the 76th slot among 100 countries was acquired by Pakistan.

The index represented 120 countries in its five-year period, which accounted for 91 percent of the world's population and 96 percent of world GDP. Sweden and the United States have been struggling strongly and both nations compete for the top spot over the last three years. This year, Sweden first came in terms of better Internet access in South Asia, and the United States acquired the second position.

India ranked 49 on top, while Sri Lanka raised 77, Bangladesh 82, and Nepal ranked 83. India was among the top performers. Unfortunately, Pakistan not only got South Asia's lowest slot but lagged behind other regional nations, such as Iran.

The report states:

"In the bottom quartile of the index, Pakistan places 90th overall and 2nd in Asia."

Added also:

"After improving the competitive climate and cutting mobile telephone prices the nation ranking in the Affordability pilier."

In the group of "accessibility," Pakistan was 67th to demonstrate that access costs are accessible in terms of revenue. Pakistan has been classified as "relevant" and considers the presence and scope of content and content of local languages. Pakistan was at 79th for the group "Readiness," which tests internet connectivity, cultural recognition, and policy support.

Another relevant category was availability, and Pakistan ranked 97th in that category and analyzed the consistency and breadth of the infrastructure and services available for the internet.

Taking into account the Prime Minister's vision of Digital Pakistan, Pakistan's 90th location as an exclusive nation of the Internet is very worrying. Pakistan's general rank shows that the majority of the population is still unconnected. For groups with low revenues, mobile data has remained a game-changer but availability remains a major challenge. The gender gap persists substantially 65% in Internet usage, while the gender gap for telephone access is 51%.

In the process of closing the digital divide, the technology sector played an important part, but disruption in government policy should have an equivalent effect.
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