High Priced 4G Internet Forced People To Stay Offline Most Of The Time

In this rapidly changing and advancing world and the increase in the use of technology, the internet, and the web play a vital part. In order to constantly stay in touch with every second news and connect to the people who live far away, the internet is indeed the simplest and the easiest but an expensive solution.

In a report by The International Telecommunication (ITU) and the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI), it was stated that the overpricing of the internet is the main reason so many people are unable to utilize the information and communication technology (ITC) service worldwide. Especially in the developing and poorer countries, high prices of Smartphones and broadband even though a little less pricey than before, are still expensive for an average person.

This major difference in the developing and the developed countries is that in the developed countries has a faster internet quality which makes it somewhat 4 times lesser data cost than of developing countries only because of slower internet and less advanced technology.

As claimed by the social media giant, Facebook, 4.1 billion people are connected to the internet which makes up almost half the whole world’s population. Also due to this pandemic, the rising internet access in poorer and low-income countries has come to a halt.

The gender gap in poorer countries is also the reason for lower usage of the internet, with around 13 percent of women less likely to have cell phone access.

Also in the annual report by the Inclusive Internet Index, judges the countries on the basis of availability, affordability, relevance, and the readiness of the internet. This included information on 100 countries around the globe. These countries make almost 90 percent of the world’s population and about 95 percent of the global gross domestic product. Pakistan was placed at the 76th position out of all the surveys (on a scale of 1 being the best and 100 the worst).

Talk about South Asia, India stood at 46th place, Srilanka at 56th, Bangladesh at 70th while Pakistan is at the last. This makes Pakistan officially the least internet-inclusive country in entire South Asia.

While the top 10 countries in entire Asia, America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Pacific, were Sweden, New Zealand, and the United States taking 3rd position, followed by Australia and Denmark at fourth rank as well as South Korea, Canada, United Kingdom, France, and Spain.

Read next: The Americas and Africa Have the Poorest Internet Service Despite it Being the Most Expensive

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