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Huawei Global Connectivity Index 2020: Bangladesh advances in fields of broadband, IoT and AI

  • Published at 08:32 pm February 4th, 2021
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This report has been published based on the progress of 79 economies in deploying digital infrastructure and capabilities 

Bangladesh has maintained its progress in the ICT sector despite the Covid-19 pandemic. The country has advanced in the fields of Broadband, Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in comparison with last year, according to Huawei in its Global Connectivity Index 2020. 

As a result, three more points have been added to Bangladesh’s portfolio this year. 

This report was recently published based on the progress of 79 economies in deploying digital infrastructure and capabilities. 

The goal is to provide countries and industries with authoritative, objective, quantified assessments and recommendations on digital transformation, said a press release issued on Thursday.

Huawei has released this report based on a total of 40 indicators under four pillars – Supply, Demand, Experience and Potential. The countries being evaluated are divided into three groups – Frontrunners, Adopters and Starters. Bangladesh represents the first group, added the release.

The 2020 report has shown that Starters have made significant progress in broadband coverage. 

Their average mobile broadband penetration went up by more than 2.5 times, their 4G subscriptions increased and their mobile broadband also became 25% more affordable, according to the release.

These achievements have enabled countries belonging to the Starters group to offer better comprehensive digital services and embrace new opportunities in economic development. Besides, their e-commerce expenditure has almost doubled since 2014. 

In  the GCI 2019 report, Bangladesh had confirmed its name among the “Top Movers” by improvement and a remarkable growth in the digital economy in the last several years.

According to the GCI 2020 report, Bangladesh has advanced eight points in the Global Connectivity Index since 2015. 

Of those 40 indicators, compared to last year, the country has seen advancements in the international internet bandwidth and 4G connectivity in 2020 along with an increase in potentiality regarding AI and IoT.

According to the 2020 report, a digital transformation of industries will help countries increase productivity, spur economic recovery and develop future competitiveness. 

The research conducted by Huawei revealed that economies that could increase productivity and go digital with intelligent connectivity generally enjoyed higher gross value added (GVA) per worker or per hour worked. 

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