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Only 13pc of Bangladeshi use internet: research study

 Staff Correspondent :: staff-correspondent

 Published: 08:34 PM, 2 October 2018   Updated: 08:34 PM, 2 October 2018

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A recent study revealed that by the end of 2017, only 13 percent of Bangladeshi nationals between the ages of 15 and 65 are using the internet and social media. Although 45 percent of the people of this age group have at least one internet-friendly device.

This information has emerged as part of post-research on the use of mobile phones and the use of the Internet in the Global South (Developing States).

Regional ICT Policy ‘Think-tank LIRNEasia’ released this information of the Bangladesh section which was presented in a ceremony organized at a city hotel on Tuesday.

The after-the-seconds survey highlighted important information and statistics about the use and availability of mobile phones and the Internet in Bangladesh.

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.

Chief researcher of Asia Department and LIRNEasia Chief Executive Officer Hilani Gallipaya said, “Mobile phones and the Internet are now becoming full-fledged. Information about mobile phone users and its use are very important to the government and decision-makers.”

He also said, “Information about this is still inadequate. Because the information is provided by the business related group or this information is not representing the state’s total population. The only acceptable method of collecting mobile data usage and data about users is to talk directly to those users (and not users). That’s what we did in this study.”

In this study, 100,000 wards and 40 villages in 40 districts and villages were surveyed on 2,000 families and individuals. The research method has been arranged in such a way that the target group (15 to 65 years old) is 95 percent representative of the population and the potential error level is +/- 3.3 percent.

Similar research methods have been followed in 18 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, including Bangladesh.

“This research report has highlighted the main issues of the telecom sector and the picture shows the disparity in the use of mobile phones, the Internet and social media,” said Senior Policy Funder Abu Sayed Khan of LIRNEasia.

He said that this study also clearly shows the potential for the creation of a Digital Bangladesh.

In the future, he urged to use this information in policy making, control and decision making in this industry.

Bangladeshi people between the ages of 15 and 65, who do not use the Internet, because they have no idea about what the internet is. This information proves that the need for creating awareness among the public about the Internet and its usage is very broad.

The after-the-earth research was conducted through the funding received from the International Development Research Center (IDRC), Canada, Ford Foundation, the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and the Government of the Department of International Development (DFID).

Significant information has emerged in the report. Such as--

>>The lowest penetration of mobile phone ownership in city and rural areas (7 percent) in Bangladesh is the lowest among countries surveyed in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

>>15 to 65-year-olds living in rural areas use 42 percent less internet than people of the same age group.

>>In the number of countries surveyed, there is the highest gender disparity in the use of internet in Bangladesh. 34 percent of women of the same age have their own mobile phones, and 62 percent fewer women use the Internet compared to men aged 15 to 65.

>>In the number of countries surveyed, the rate of mobile banking usage is the highest in Bangladesh. 27 percent of mobile phone users of 15 to 65-year-olds are taking mobile banking services.

>>Uses less than a quarter of Internet users aged 15 to 65 years of online merchandising. Among the people who are aware of this, there are very few such platform users.