Pakistan is ranked among the top countries which registered high growth in broadband internet penetration, a recent report said.
Serbia tops the list with a 68 per cent annual growth rate from Q1-2010 to Q1-2011, according to July 2011 Bandwidth Report with data on worldwide bandwidth penetration.
Pakistan, which has seen a boom in its promising telecom sector and information technology services in recent years, recorded around 46.2 per cent growth in the number of subscribers and is placed fourth on the list.
Thailand and Belarus are ranked second and third, respectively, in terms of broadband internet penetration. Sri Lanka and India are ranked 11th and 14th, respectively.
Pakistan has a large number of bilingual internet users. Its software companies have created a niche in the international market in recent years. According to government figures, the country’s IT-related exports remained $1.4 billion in the last fiscal year.
Experts say that Pakistan’s IT industry has the potential to hit the multi-billion export target within five to 10 years. Additionally, mobile phone and wireless internet usage are also expanding rapidly.
The report shows that China continues to lead the world in terms of total broadband subscribers. As of the first quarter of 2011, China had over 135 million broadband subscribers. It said that the United States had over 88 million subscribers. Japan, Germany and France followed China and the United States in terms of total subscribers, it added.
The figures were cited by Website Optimisation, LLC, which is a leading website optimising firm.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 3rd, 2011.
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@White Russian: @shahi syed hahahahah wite rusian po$k !! since the 1st human on earth everi mind is differnt and so r the opinions and voices... the yester technologi of u tube etc has absoluteli no effect in developing multi approaches to differnt issues since it always has been the case..... wat syed says, n not exhibiting xenophobia at all ,is it must be checked tat in the name of differnt opinios n freedom our youngsters mite not go astray and fall into brain childed projects synonymous to oriented brain orientations !! baseless and biased criticism to a gud thought !
The internet is the biggest blessing of humanity. Amid the clutter of pop-culture trash, it has a bright shining light that has helped the spread of knowledge and made people rethink themselves and their ideas for a new tomorrow.
Dont fear the internet. EMBRACE the internet, and you will EMBRACE a new future!
Does it really matter ? We cant do online business , no pay pal for Pakistan. What good is internet if we cant do business ?
@Syed Shahid: You are fearing that internet surfers are going to have access to more than one points of views, which would enable them to see through the issues. You are spot on, I totally agree with you. But that is where our agreement ends! This dreaded promise of openness, I heartily welcome.
Every rupee raised is gonna help Pak to become stronger.
@Syed Shahid: Are you fearful that the youth will start to question what they have been force-fed from their birth? No wonder internet was initially banned in many Muslim countries.
Let us not take negative view of a welcome development. It is a technology development and it is up to the society how to use it. We are wrongly finding conspiracy theories in every thing, which theories are being wrongly promoted by many of the TV anchors because these somehow fit our wishful thinking.
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@Syed Shahid: Are you afraid that youngsters would become critical thinkers and see through the lies we are constantly fed since our birth? No wonder many Muslim countries banned internet when it first came about.
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Its good to know that we are among top countries who are using broadband, but this should not be go unchecked!
its good to know that we are progressing...but it must not be go unchecked...the access to youtube and some of the other stuff is also an attempt of West to have a mind control. Dont forget that we are also World's most youngest population density nation who are vulnerable to unconcious learning!