The number of Internet subscribers in Bangladesh is likely to reach 18.3 million by the year 2020- translating to a 32 percent household Internet penetration at around the same time”, says a study by an international research group.
“This increased internet penetration would resulted in 2.6 per cent contribution to the country’s GDP by 2020 while creating 129 thousand more jobs by the same year” the research added.
The study “Towards a connected Bangladesh: Socio-economic Impact of Internet in Bangladesh Economy” was released in the city Thursday. Boston Consulting Group (BCG) on behalf of the Telenor Group, the majority shareholder of the telecom operator Grameenphone conducted the study.
According to latest figures, about five million people or merely four per cent of the total population in Bangladesh has access to Internet. According to International Telecommunication Union, Bangladesh has the second lowest Internet penetration in the region.
Against the backdrop of such scenario, the report identified mobile phones as the most appropriate vehicle to connect rural Bangladesh to internet.
According to BTRC report, 4.6 million internet users in the country accessed the net through mobile while only 0.4 million use them on the fixed internet service- the study said.
“The study properly underlines the need to increase the awareness among the general mass about the utility of Internet and the role government can play in raising such awareness”, Chief executive Officer of Grameenphone Oddvar Hesjedal said at a press conference. Ola-Jo Tandre of Telenor-BCG also spoke on the occasion.