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India ranks among the lowest in the world in terms of Internet quality, according to a global research released by online privacy solutions provider Surf Shark.

Pre-Connect
•    The Digital Quality of Life (DQL) index is published annually based on research conducted by the privacy protection company Surf shark.
•    The DQL research examined more than 6.3 billion people in terms of twelve indicators grouped into five pillars- internet quality, affordability, e-security, online government services, and e-infrastructure.
•    The study is based on information provided by the United Nations, the World Bank, Freedom House, the International Communications Union, and other public data sources.

Highlights
    As per the index, which researches on the quality of a digital wellbeing in 85 countries, India ranked 57th.
    In terms of e-infrastructure, India occupies 79th place, ranking below countries including Guatemala and Sri Lanka.
    India makes it into the top 10 in terms of Internet affordability. With a ranking of nine, it outperforms countries such as the U.K., the U.S. and China.
    Additionally, when it comes to e-governnance, India occupies the 15th place globally, just below countries like New Zealand and Italy.
    India’s Internet quality is one of the lowest across 85 countries analysed in the research.
    In position 78, India is at the bottom of the pillar with unstable and slow mobile Internet dragging it down in the overall Internet quality index.
    This year’s DQL Index found that 7 of the 10 countries with the highest DQL are in Europe, with Denmark leading among 85 countries.
    Canada stands out as a country with the highest DQL in the Americas, while Japan takes the leading position in Asia.
    Among the countries in Africa, people in South Africa enjoy the highest quality of digital lives whereas New Zealand leads in Oceania, outperforming Australia in various digital areas.
    The COVID-19 outbreak had a significant impact on internet stability. 49 out of 85 countries experienced drops in mobile and 44 in broadband speed.
    High inequality in affordability: people in 75% of the researched countries have to work more than the global average to afford the internet.
    E-security, e-infrastructure, and e-governance have a more significant correlation with the DQL than GDP per capital.
    Any country’s digital advancement and people’s online experiences have tangible relation to its economic potential and population’s overall wellbeing.
    The United Kingdom, France, and Lithuania stand out globally for their e-security while Singapore, the UK, and the US lead in the advancement of e-governance services.
    The last pillar examining the countries by their electronic infrastructure development level ranks the United Arab Emirates, Sweden, and Denmark as global leaders in this area.
    The DQL study showed that none of the researched countries crossed the threshold of 0.8, and no country made it to the top three in all of the pillars, reflecting room for improvement in all digital areas.