Rangpur people lag behind in using internet

Staff Correspondent

21 September, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Rangpur people lag behind in using internet

The people of Rangpur division are lagging behind in term of access to the internet, a Brac study reveals.

According to the study, the people of Chattogram have the highest internet users followed by Dhaka and Khulna divisions respectively.

BIGD Senior Research Fellow Muhammad Shahadat Hossain Siddique unveiled the second phase of the study through a virtual meeting on Sunday.

Khulna division performs the best in term of internet usage while Sylhet division is the worst performer.

Around 103.4 million mobile users have internet connections in the country, according to the report.

Only 37 percent of the rural households in Bangladesh have internet access.

Economic status of an individual is positively associated with one’s internet access in the country.

Those who earn more than Tk30,000 a month have the highest prevalence of getting internet access.

BIGD Executive Director Imran Matin said the study shows that moderate access and low skills leads to shallow internet usage in rural Bangladesh.

Among others, BIGD senior Advisor Muhammad Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan , Research for Policy and Governance Lead Mehnaz Rabbani. Aspire to Innovate (A2i) policy advisor Anir Chowdhury were also present at the the session.