Bangladesh top in SAARC in net connectivity

June 26, 2017, 5:13 pm
Bangladesh has advanced significantly in many spheres, including in the indices of human development in areas like women empowerment.
 
But now even in spread of tech network it is surging ahead of neighbours.
 
Now even in internet connectivity it has forged ahead of other Saarc nations.
 
Nearly 42.0 percent of total population using internet for various purposes, according to official sources.
 
The latest data from the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) shows that the total number of internet users has reached 67.245 million at the end of February, 2017.
 
The staggering number is around 41.52 percent of the total population of the country, leaving many Asian powerhouses behind with huge margin.
 
According to available data from some internet users' monitoring sites, neighbouring India has over 46 crore internet users, which is 34.83 percent of its total population. 
 
Sri Lanka has 60.87 lakh internet users, which is 29.30 percent of its total population. In Pakistan, only 17.81 percent of its total population use internet.
 
This massive spread of the Net has made Online media a lucrative business and turned portals like www.bdnews24.com into powerful contenders for print and TV. 
 
These sites have evolved interesting new business models like supplying 24 hour flash news to mobile phone operators who market them to subscribers as optional offerings for 20 taka a month.
 
With a huge diaspora abroad, this also helps media leverage additional markets. 
 
Even Indian advertisers are looking at these online portals in Bangladesh to market their products to Bangladeshis visiting India in huge numbers for education, healthcare, business and shopping or plain tourism.
 
Bangladeshis are now the largest single block of foreign tourists in India.

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