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Pakistan Drops to 97th Place on Digital Quality of Life Index 2021

Pakistan has dropped 14 spots to the 97th position in the Digital Quality of Life (DQL) Index 2021. The country ranks 28th among 32 Asian countries on this year’s list.


According to DQL Index 2021, the three areas where the country performed the best are mobile speed growth, broadband speed growth, and mobile affordability.

Pakistan ranked 41st in mobile speed growth, 43rd in broadband speed growth, and 48th in mobile affordability.

The three areas where the country performed the worst are broadband speed, number of internet users, and network readiness.

Pakistan ranked 108th in broadband speed, 106th in the number of internet users, and 102nd in network readiness.

Let’s have a closer look at Pakistan’s scorecard of each pillar in the DQL Index 2021.

Internet Affordability

Pakistan ranked 66th in internet affordability in the DQL Index 2021. Here is a further breakdown of the country’s performance in this area.

IndicatorRank
Mobile affordability48th
Broad affordability68th

Internet Quality

Pakistan ranked 74th in internet quality in the DQL Index 2021. Here is a further breakdown of the country’s performance in this area.

IndicatorRank
Mobile speed97th
Broadband speed108th
Mobile internet stability60th
Broadband internet stability53rd
Mobile speed improvement41st
Broadband speed improvement43rd

Electronic Infrastructure

Pakistan ranked 106th in electronic infrastructure in the DQL Index 2021. Here is a further breakdown of the country’s performance in this area.

IndicatorRank
Internet users106th
Network readiness102nd

Electronic Security

Pakistan ranked 98th in electronic security in the DQL Index 2021. Here is a further breakdown of the country’s performance in this area.

IndicatorRank
Cybersecurity67th
Data protection lawsModerate

Electronic Government

Pakistan ranked 85th in electronic government in the DQL Index 2021. Here is a further breakdown of the country’s performance in this area.

IndicatorRank
Online service index77th
AI readiness93rd

The DQL Index is compiled by Surfshark, a Netherlands cybersecurity company, to highlight factors that impact a country’s digital wellbeing the most and which areas should be prioritized to improve it.

This is the third edition of the DQL Index which offers a unique understanding of the overall digital quality of life of 110 countries based on five core pillars. These five pillars are internet affordability, internet quality, electronic infrastructure, electronic security, and electronic government.

Let’s have a look at the top 10 countries in the DQL Index 2021.

CountryRank
Denmark1st
South Korea2nd
Finland3rd
Israel4th
US5th
Singapore6th
France7th
Switzerland8th
Germany9th
UK10th

Let’s have a look at the 5 best and 5 worst countries across each pillar.

Internet Affordability

Most affordable internetLeast affordable internet
DenmarkGhana
IsraelNigeria
Sri LankaCameroon
FinlandIvory Coast
LithuaniaMali

Internet Quality

Best quality internetWorst quality internet
South KoreaMauritius
UAEMongolia
ChinaKenya
SwitzerlandAngola
USEthiopia

Electronic Infrastructure

Most developed e-infrastructureLeast developed e-infrastructure
DenmarkPakistan
SwedenTajikistan
NorwayCameroon
NetherlandsAngola
USEthiopia

Electronic Security

Highest e-securityLowest e-security
GreeceEgypt
Czech RepublicEthiopia
EstoniaCameroon
LithuaniaGuatemala
SpainCambodia

Electronic Government

Most developed e-governmentLeast developed e-government
USMali
South KoreaEthiopia
UKAlgeria
FinlandZambia
SingaporeLaos

courtesy: propakistani

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