India ranks 131 on global index of ICT access

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India has been ranked 131 out of 167 nations on ICT Development Index (IDI) that measures the level of information and communication technology access. The Ranking is low even as the number of households with Internet and computer has increased in the country over the last five years. The report was revealed by UN International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) flagship annual Measuring the Information Society (MISR) Report.

Key facts of the report :-

Globally 3.2 billion people are now online, representing 43.4 per cent of the world’s population, while mobile—cellular subscriptions have reached almost 7.1 billion worldwide, representing over 95 per cent of the global population.

Top Ranking :- South Korea is ranked at the top of IDI followed by Denmark and Iceland, in second and third place.

The IDI top 30 ranking includes countries from Europe and high—income nations from other regions including Australia, Bahrain, Barbados, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Macao, New Zealand, Singapore and the United States.

Asia—Pacific Region :- The report says that Asia—Pacific is the most diverse region in terms of ICT development as it refletcs stark differences in levels of economic development. Six economies in the region — including the South Korea, Hong Kong and Japan — have IDI rankings in the top twenty of the global distribution while the region also includes ten of the Index’s least connected countries, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

India at a glance :- The percentage of households with computer in India was 13 per cent in 2014, more than doubling from 6. 1 per cent in 2010, while the percentage of households with Internet access was 15.33, growing three—fold from 4.2 in 2010. Further the percentage of individuals using the Internet has grown to 18 per cent in 2014 from 7.5 per cent in 2010 in the country.


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