Bangladesh has dropped six places on Surfshark’s annual Digital Quality of Life (DQL) Index since last year. The country stood 82nd among 121 countries, according to Surfshark’s 5th annual DQL index.
The Digital Quality of Life Index is an annual study that ranks 121 countries by their digital well-being based on five core pillars. This study is based on the United Nations’ open-source information, the World Bank, and other sources.
Out of the index’s five pillars, Bangladesh performed best in internet quality, claiming 65th place. However, the internet quality is 5 per cent lower than the global average, according to the index.
Fixed internet averages 53 Mbps in Bangladesh compared to 300 Mbps in Singapore which ranked the highest in the world. Yemen has the slowest fixed internet in the world with 11 Mbps average internet speed.
Mobile internet in Bangladesh averages 20 Mbps. The fastest mobile internet is 310 Mbps in the UAE. Venezuela has the world’s slowest mobile internet speed, which is 10 Mbps.
Compared to India, Bangladesh’s mobile internet is 73 per cent slower, while fixed broadband is 31 per cent slower.
Since last year, mobile internet speed in Bangladesh has improved by 41 per cent, while fixed broadband speed has grown by 23 per cent.
The nation ranked 73rd in e-government which determines how advanced a government’s digital services are and the level of Artificial Intelligence (AI) readiness a country demonstrates. Bangladesh’s e-government is below the global average.
In terms of internet affordability, Bangladesh ranked 77th globally.
According to the DQL Index, Bangladeshis have to work 4 hours 26 minutes a month to afford fixed broadband internet. While this is less than the global average, it is 15 times more than in Romania (18 minutes), which has the world’s most affordable fixed internet.
To afford mobile internet, Bangladeshis have to work 1 hour 35 minutes 28 seconds a month. This is six times more than in Luxembourg, which has the world’s most affordable mobile internet, according to the report.
Bangladesh achieved the 84th position in the e-infrastructure category, which assesses both internet penetration and network readiness in a country for harnessing information and communication technologies.
Bangladesh’s internet penetration is moderate (at 77 per cent, 77th in the world), and the country ranks 87th in network readiness.
In the overall index, Bangladesh lags behind India (52nd), but is ahead of Pakistan (93rd). In Asia, Bangladesh takes 25th place, with Singapore being the leader in the region.
Bangladesh has dropped 10 places in terms of e-security ranking, to 85th in the world.
The e-security pillar measures how well a country is prepared to counter cybercrime, as well as how advanced a country’s data protection laws are.
In South Asia, Bangladesh lags behind India, which ranked 66th, but outperformed Pakistan (101st) in the e-security pillar.