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India ranks 52nd in digital quality of life, lagging behind China

According to a report by cybersecurity company Surfshark, India is ranked 52nd in the world in terms of digital quality of life, lagging behind China, which holds the 44th position. The Digital Quality of Life (DQL) Index evaluates 121 countries based on five core pillars: internet quality, internet affordability, e-security, e-infrastructure, and e-government.

While India has improved from its previous rank of 59th, the country still faces challenges in certain areas. India ranks 91st in e-infrastructure, 28th in internet affordability, 35th in e-government, and 66th in e-security. However, its internet quality has seen a significant surge, propelling it to the 16th rank globally.

In terms of internet quality, India performs 36 percent better than the global average. The report also highlights that India’s mobile internet speed has increased by a staggering 297 percent since last year, reaching 74 Mbps, while fixed internet speed has improved by 16 percent to 76 Mbps.

Despite these improvements, Indians have to work for 1 hour and 48 minutes a month to afford fixed broadband internet, which is considerably higher compared to Romania, where it only takes 10 minutes.

The report emphasizes the importance of digital quality of life in today’s world, where daily activities such as work, education, and leisure are increasingly conducted online. Gabriele Racaityte-Krasauske, Surfshark’s spokesperson, explains the need to identify areas where a nation’s digital quality of life excels and requires attention, which is the purpose of the DQL Index.

In terms of e-security, India outperforms countries like Bangladesh and China. However, compared to the global context, India is relatively unprepared to combat cybercrime, and the country has weak data protection laws.

In the Asian region, India holds the 13th position, with Singapore leading the way in terms of digital quality of life.

Overall, while India has made progress in certain aspects of digital quality of life, there is still room for improvement, particularly in e-infrastructure and data protection laws. ISP

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