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91pc Bangladeshis believe mobile internet improve quality of life: Telenor Study

  • Special Correspondent
  • 19 October, 2022 12:00 AM
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The mobile internet is improving quality of life and driving digital inclusion, said a Telenor Asia Study.

Telenor Asia has recently conducted the study involving 8,000 mobile internet users across eight markets including Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam on the occasion of Telenor’s 25th anniversary in Asia.

The first part of the study titled “Digital Lives Decoded” focuses on life and revealed 5 key trends that are working as catalysts for the surge in digital adoption.

The Digital Lives Decoded study revealed a common appreciation for an ‘always-on’ life, with an astounding 91 percent of Bangladeshi respondents believing that mobile usage improves the quality of life.

Overall, women lead this trend, with 63 percent saying the quality of life is significantly enhanced compared to 52 percent of men across the region. Whereas in Bangladesh, 59 percent of women opine in favour of mobile phones improving their lives compared to 50 percent of men.

An event was recently organised by Grameenphone (GP), to reveal the findings of the study. Jorgen C Arentz Rostrup, Chairman, Grameenphone and Head of Telenor Asia, delivered the keynote at the event.

In his keynote, Rostrup shared the key trends relating to how connectivity is empowering users with more economic opportunity, daily convenience, and greater access to essential services with the present guests.

Followed by the keynote speech, a panel discussion was held where panellists Yasir Azman, CEO, Grameenphone; Van Nguyen, Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP, Bangladesh and Senjuti Saha, Director and Scientist, Child Health Research Foundation reflected on the findings in the context of Bangladesh. Dr. Asif Naimur Rashid, Chief Business Officer of Grameenphone moderated the session.

“It’s often reported that mobile devices are coming between people, distracting users from those around them and damaging relationships and interpersonal communication skills. However, this study dispels that notion,” said Jorgen C. Arentz Rostrup, Head of Telenor Asia. 

Compared to before the pandemic, mobile data usage has more than doubled in most Asian markets, reshaping how we communicate at work and home, he said.            “This study also revealed where digital gaps remain. The need to understand these gaps is becoming more important to policymakers, businesses, and individuals alike. Insights from this study can thus act as a map of where to bridge the widest digital divides,” said Jorgen C. Arentz Rostrup, Head of Telenor Asia. 

Yasir Azman, CEO, Grameenphone said, “To live our purpose of empowering societies, Grameenphone has been striving to minimize the digital divide through connectivity since its inception.”

Today, standing at 25, and aspiring to create impact beyond connectivity for the upcoming years, we reflect back on our journey, to address the gaps and further enhance our consumers digital lifestyle and the survey findings reveals the same, he said.

“We hope the ongoing digitalisation and innovation leads to a sustainable and better tomorrow.”