Probashbangla24 online Desk : Bangladesh is one of the lowest internet-using countries as only 13 per cent of country’s population use internet, said a telecom based regional think-tank.
LIRNEasia, a Colombo based policy think-tank, came up with the disclosure after surveying 18 countries of this region.
According to the survey report, there is a huge gender disparity in mobile phone use and access to internet in the country.
After interviewing about 2,000 people in November last year, the think tank found that 18 per cent of the men while only 7 per cent of women use internet.
In the report LIRNEasia also found the urban-rural divide in mobile ownership, 7 per cent, is among the lowest of all countries surveyed in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
The gender gap in Internet use is highest in Bangladesh since Bangladeshi women are 34 per cent less likely to have their own mobile phones.
Bangladesh, however, has the highest user of mobile banking in all countries surveyed. Twenty-seven per cent of all mobile phone owners said they used mobile financial service.
Less than a quarter of internet users are aware of various kinds of platforms for buying and selling goods and services. Of the few aware, the number that actually uses such platforms is negligible.