Around 12.9% of Bangladesh’s population, equivalent to 2 crore 28 lakh 29 thousand 478 people, lack internet access, as per the latest survey by the Internet Poverty Index developed by Australia-based World Data Lab (WDL). Bangladesh ranks 71st out of 166 countries globally in terms of internet poverty and 13th in East and Southeast Asia.
The current population of Bangladesh is 17 crore 65 lakh 97 thousand 147, with 8 crore 77 lakh 62 thousand 286 women and 8 crore 88 lakh 34 thousand 861 men. Approximately 8.7% of women and 4.2% of men in Bangladesh are deprived of internet usage.
WDL emphasizes that access to the internet is considered a basic human right, enabling entertainment, education, and global connectivity. By measuring internet poverty, it becomes possible to raise awareness and identify the most neglected and vulnerable individuals in society.
Internet poverty is determined by three factors: the inability to access at least 1GB of internet per month due to financial constraints, the incapacity to spend at least 10% of monthly expenses on mobile internet, and experiencing inadequate download/upload speeds, with a recommended minimum download speed of 20 Mbps