February 13, 2023
DHAKA – Bangladeshis are paying 6.9x more for internet than the rest of the world. Global VPN provider Surf Shark recently released a report titled the Global Internet Value Index (IVi), which is a list that ranks countries based on how much its people are overpaying for internet access. Globally Bangladesh ranks 83rd, and regionally, ranks 3rd in the list.
The index examines whether people are getting what they’re paying for.
Bangladesh has an index of 0.0105, which is almost 86% lower than the global average. This translates that Bangladeshis are overpaying for the internet they are getting, and only 24% of the world overpaying more than Bangladesh.
India, the biggest neighbour of Bangladesh, ranks 44th in the list and regionally ranks 1st. Other neighbours of Bangladesh did not fare well in the ranking, i.e. Nepal ranks 77th, Sri Lanka ranks 96th, and Pakistan ranks 102nd in the world.
Surfshark released its Global Internet Value index (IVi), calculated by dividing each country’s internet speed by internet affordability to figure out which countries are overpaying for their internet.
Israel ranked 1st in the list, while Singapore and Denmark ranked 2nd and 3rd, respectively.