Bangladesh meet UN target with low-cost internet
Published: 02:34 PM, 28 March 2022 Updated: 04:46 PM, 28 March 2022
Bangladesh has been able to meet the target set by the United Nations (UN) in 2021 over low-cost internet prices.
A recent report by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the global internet forum Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) revealed this information.
In 2021, the price of the internet in most of the least developed countries (LCDs) of the world exceeded the target set by the UN. From there, only four LDCs, including Bangladesh, have met the UN target. The other three countries are Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal.
The report titled “The Affordability of ICT Services 2021” states that 96 countries were able to meet the target set by the UN’s Broadband Commission for mobile internet pricing. And in terms of broadband internet prices, 64 countries have achieved the target.
Meanwhile, India, Bhutan, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are ahead of Bangladesh in South Asia in terms of affordable mobile internet.
The UN Broadband Commission sets a target based on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As per the target, the internet will cost less than two percent of a country’s per capita income. As such, the price of the internet in Bangladesh in 2021 was within this figure.
According to the report, in 2021, for every 2 GB of mobile data-based internet in Bangladesh, 1.36 percent of the per capita income was spent, which is worth $2.32. The cost is $5.98 per purchasing power parity.
Besides, for every 5 GB of cable in Bangladesh, i.e, broadband internet connection costs 1.96 percent of the monthly per capita national income - which is worth $3.39. The cost is $8.73 per purchasing power parity. Broadband costs are lower in Nepal and Sri Lanka than in Bangladesh in South Asia.
According to the report, with the increase in demand and use of the internet worldwide compared to 2020, people have increased their expenditure in this sector from their income.