The internet remains unavailable, inaccessible, and unaffordable to a majority of the world's population including in Bangladesh where 148 million population remains offline, says the World Bank (WB), according to a report by The Business Recorder of Pakistan
Only India, China, Indonesia and Pakistan have more offline population than Bangladesh, said the report titled World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends, which was released last week.
India has offline population of 1.063 billion, China 755 million, Indonesia 213 million and Pakistan 156 million.
According to the WB report "World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends," authored by Co-Directors, Deepak Mishra and Uwe Deichmann and team, total global population stands at 7.4 billion including 7 billion within mobile coverage, 5.2 billion with mobile phones, 3.2 billion total internet users and 1.1 billion have access to high-speed internet.
The report says that while the internet, mobile phones and other digital technologies are spreading rapidly throughout the developing world, the anticipated digital dividends of higher growth, more jobs, and better public services have fallen short of expectations, and 60 per cent of the world's population remains excluded from the ever-expanding digital economy.
According to the report the benefits of rapid digital expansion have been skewed towards the wealthy, skilled, and influential around the world, which are better positioned to take advantage of the new technologies. In addition, though the number of internet users world-wide has more than tripled since 2005, four billion people still lack access to the internet. -Asfar