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3 October, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 2 October, 2018 10:05:14 PM
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Only 13pc Bangladeshis use internet, finds survey

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Only 13pc Bangladeshis use internet, finds survey

Only 13 per cent Bangladeshis are using internet, according to a report unveiled by a telecom based regional think-tank in Dhaka yesterday.         

LIRNEasia, a Colombo based policy think-tank, in its report based on the data by late  2017, said that the urban-rural mobile ownership divide (7 per cent) is among the lowest of all countries surveyed in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

They have interviewed about 2,000 people aged between 15 to 65 years in Bangladesh both in rural and urban areas.

 ‘Less than a quarter of internet users aged 15-65 aware of various kinds of platforms for buying and selling goods and services,’ according to the report.

The findings are part of AfterAccess, an international-award-winning effort to collect reliable data on access to and use of mobile phones and the internet in the Global South. The Bangladesh-specific results of the AfterAccess surveys were released by the regional ICT-policy think-tank at a hotel in Dhaka yesterday.

The methodology used in Bangladesh is comparable across all 18 survey countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The AfterAccess database is thus the most rigorous and comprehensive database on mobile phone and Internet access and use in the Global South.

The current data includes information collected via 38,005 face-to-face interviews of households and individuals. The data allows for disaggregation by gender, rural or urban setting, and age among other factors.

Brig. Gen. Mustafa Kamal, DG (Engineering & Operation) BTRC, Michael Foley, CEO, Grameenphone, Mahtab Uddin Ahmed, CEO, Robi, Taimur Rahman, Chief Corporate & Regulatory Affairs of Banglalink, Abu Saeed Khan, Senior Policy

Fellow, LIRNEasia were present, among others on the occasion.

 

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