Though Pakistan has been making serious strides in the digital domain with new initiatives being regularly started by the government, still it seems that the country has a long way to go in digitalization when compared with other countries in the world.

In the Digital Quality of Life (DQL) Index 2021, Pakistan has been ranked among the worst countries in the world as it has slipped 14 places since last year and is now standing at the 97th spot among 11 countries.

Image source: Surfshark

Conducted by a cyber security company, Surfshark, the DQL survey evaluate countries based on a set of five essential digital wellbeing pillars, including internet affordability, internet quality, electronic infrastructure, electronic security and electronic government.

The survey revealed that Pakistan is performing better than Bangladesh, however, it lags behind India and Iran. The DQL index has ranked Pakistan’s internet affordability and internet quality at 66th and 74th, respectively.

Meanwhile, in terms of e-infrastructure Pakistan is placed at 106th spot, 98th in e-security domain and 85th in e-government category. Pakistan has also exhibited the most significant downfall in the DQL 2021 index compared to 2020, which is dropping from 83rd spot to 97th.

The survey also highlighted that the country’s internet affordability has reduced by 14 per cent and is now around 50 per cent worse than the global average. Overall, Pakistan is at 66th spot in internet affordability category and is below India and Iran. Currently, citizens in Pakistan have to work over four hours to afford the cheapest broadband package in the country.

On the other hand, Pakistan’s internet quality is a still below compared to the global average. The index shows that mobile and broadband internet speed in Pakistan has shown slightly good results, and ranks 41st and 43rd, respectively.

However, the country’s broadband speeds are one of the slowest (10.33 Mbps) among all indexed countries.

From : pk.mashable.com

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