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‘India ranks among lowest in terms of Internet quality’

  • Category
    Science & Technology
  • Published
    26th Aug, 2020

India ranks among the lowest in the world in terms of Internet quality, according to a global research released by online privacy solutions provider SurfShark.

Context

India ranks among the lowest in the world in terms of Internet quality, according to a global research released by online privacy solutions provider SurfShark.

About

  • The Digital Quality of Life Index 2020 is prepared by Surfshark, a virtual private network (VPN) provider based in the British Virgin Islands.
  • The study sampled the quality of a digital wellbeing in 85 countries across the globe over five key pillars:
    • Internet affordability
    • Internet quality
    • electronic infrastructure
    • electronic government
    • electronic security
  • All parameters have equal weightage.

Key-highlights of the Index

  • As per the “Digital Quality of Life Index 2020”, which researches on the quality of a digital wellbeing in 85 countries (81% of the global population), in terms of e-infrastructure, India occupies 79th place, ranking below countries including Guatemala and Sri Lanka.
  • India makes it into the top 10 in terms of Internet affordability. With a ranking of nine, it outperforms countries such as the U.K., the U.S. and China.
  • Additionally, when it comes to e-government, India occupies the 15th place globally, just below countries like New Zealand and Italy.
  • However, India’s Internet quality is one of the lowest across 85 countries analysed in the research.
  • In position 78, India is at the bottom of the pillar with unstable and slow mobile Internet dragging it down in the overall Internet quality index.
  • This year’s Digital Quality of Life Index found that seven of the 10 countries with the highest digital quality of life are in Europe, with Denmark leading among 85 countries.
  • Canada stands out as a country with the highest digital quality of life in the Americas, while Japan takes the leading position in Asia.
  • Among the countries in Africa, people in South Africa enjoy the highest quality of digital lives whereas New Zealand leads in Oceania, outperforming Australia in various digital areas.
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