India was ranked 47th out of 86 nations in the Inclusive Internet Index 2018, which was released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) on February 26, 2018.
The EIU was commissioned by social media giant Facebook. This year’s index covered 91 per cent of the world’s population and an expanded data set of 86 countries, up from 75 countries in 2017.
The report ranked India at the 47th position when it comes to inclusive Internet and connectivity for all due to low usage and poor quality.
Among the Asian nations, India featured in the middle at the 12th position from a total of 23.
India was placed at or near the top of the lower-middle-income bracket on most indicators, except for availability, where it was ranked 13th out of 23.
India’s position is compromised by low usage and poor quality despite relatively strong infrastructure.
The top five in the list included Sweden at the 1st position followed by Singapore, the United States, Denmark and South Korea.
The bottom five in the list included Congo at the 86th position followed closely by Malawi, Madagascar, Liberia and Burkina Faso.