Bangladesh Steps Down 2 Ranks On ICT Development Index

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) today published the 2016 version of the Measuring the Information Society (MIS) report. The MIS report has been published annually since 2009. It features the key ICT data and benchmarking tools to measure the information society, including the ICT Development Index (IDI). The IDI 2016 measured the level of ICT developments in 175 countries worldwide and compared the progress for the last 2 years. The IDI is a combined measurement that ranks countries according to their level of ICT access, use, and skills.

Bangladesh has fallen behind two ranks in the global ICT Developments Index and secured the 145th position with a point of 2.35. Korea has ranked number one with 8.84 points among the 175 economies. Among the neighboring countries, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, and Nepal are better with a ranking of 116, 117, 138, 140 and 142 respectively. Only Pakistan and Afghanistan is behind Bangladesh with a ranking of 146 and 164 respectively.

In Bangladesh, about 14.4 percent individuals are using the internet, 2.4 percent are using Fixed-broadband while broadband users are 13.5 percent.


Nahid Farzana