World Bank: 90% of Bangladeshis not online
Ishtiaq Husain

Some nine-tenths of Bangladeshis don't have internet access, according to a new study.

As many as 148 million of Bangladesh's 159 million people do not have access to the internet, according to the World Bank's World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends.

Bangladesh is fifth among nations where the web remains largely unavailable to the vast majority of people, the report said.

The report says the number of internet users worldwide has more than tripled since 2005 but nearly four billion people worldwide still do not have access to the internet.



The report was launched in Bangladesh at a programme in Dhaka on Monday.

India topped the list with 1.11 billion people still offline, trailed by China with 755 million. In Pakistan, some 165 million people are without internet connections.

According to the telecoms regulator BTRC, Bangladesh had more than 61 million internet subscribers as of March this year.

Deepak Mishra, co-director of the 2016 World Development Report, presented it in the presence of Zunaid Ahmed Palak, state minister for ICT, and Qimiao Fan, World Bank country director for Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal.

The report said with around 130 million mobile phone subscribers, digital technologies were spreading rapidly in Bangladesh.

“Bangladesh can accelerate growth, create more jobs and deliver better public services by enhancing access to digital technologies,” it said.

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