India has been ranked at 36th among 75 nations by the Economist Intelligence Unit commissioned by Facebook’s Internet.org in Internet inclusiveness. The ranking is based on the factors such as – availability, affordability, local language content and policies for internet access.
The in-depth report places Singapore, Sweden, the US, the UK and Japan as the top countries for internet inclusiveness.
Among Asian nations, India ranked 12th out of 22 Asian countries.
World’s largest democracy – India ranked 45th in terms of availability, yet it hopped a few spots to 26th position when it comes to affordability. Facebook’s Economist Intelligence Unit placed India at 36th position in respect to relevance and 25th spot in terms of readiness.
Facebook said in a blogspot, “Internet access drives economic opportunity and enables the free exchange of data and information. A truly inclusive Internet must be widely available, affordable and allow usage that promotes positive social and economic outcomes.”
Facebook’s report also stated that 94 percent of the population in the 75 nations lives within range of a mobile signal. Although, only 43 percent have access to 4G signal. As a result, people mainly in the developing countries are using internet less that they would have if it were cheaper and faster.
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