According to a global index on digital quality of life in 110 nations, India ranks 33rd in e-government and 47th in internet affordability.
The British Virgin Islands-based cybersecurity firm Surfshark conducted the Digital Quality of Life Index 2021, which ranks countries based on five fundamental digital well-being pillars: internet affordability, internet quality, electronic infrastructure, electronic security, and electronic government. Overall, India dropped two places to 59th place out of 110 countries on the index.
India’s e-security is superior to China’s. While India has dropped from 57th to 59th place in the rankings since last year, it now ranks 17th in Asia and first in South Asia. Its e-security has also improved, with the country currently ranked 36th (up from 57th in 2020), ahead of China, which is ranked 72nd.
India also outperforms Bangladesh on four pillars of digital well-being: internet affordability, internet quality, electronic security, and e-governance, but falls short on e-infrastructure, ranking 91st. According to the ranking, India is ranked 67th in terms of internet quality. According to the report, India’s internet speed on mobile phones is one of the slowest in the world, at 12.33 megabits per second, and the country ranks 95th in terms of internet users.
Six of the ten countries with the highest DQL score are situated in Europe. For the second year in a straight, Denmark led the index, followed by South Korea and Finland, with Ethiopia, Cambodia, Cameroon, Guatemala, and Angola rounding out the bottom five.
The study also discovered that broadband is becoming less inexpensive around the world this year. When comparing countries covered in both the DQL 2020 and DQL 2021 rankings, the study found that people will have to work 11% more (25 minutes more) in 2021 to afford broadband internet, but only 29% less (28 minutes less) this year to obtain internet on their phones.
Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, and Mali are the countries with the most expensive internet, with people having to work for a week to afford it.