How Connected are Pakistanis?
5th Communication Policy Research Conference (CPRsouth5), Xi'an, China
24 Pages Posted: 14 Dec 2010
Date Written: December 7, 2010
Pakistanis have been using the internet for more than a decade now and yet there is little or no independent academic research data that explores broadband internet adoption and usage profiles of internet users in the country. This paper looks at slow and unequal broadband internet adoption patterns in the country using survey data collected from three cities (Karachi, Lahore and Quetta) of Pakistan based on various socio-economic demographics while the author was a research student at University of Strathclyde. The data presented in this paper illustrates that household with lower income and education levels are far well below the average rate of adoption of broadband in the country. In contrast household with high income and education levels are far above the average rate of adoption of broadband internet. This paper explores this uneven access and illustrates the disparity to participate online between households with different economic and educational levels. The discussion section in the paper considers this problem of slow adoption and uneven access and the future impact of being disconnected for the younger generation Pakistanis. The aim of the paper is to present this empirical research data and raise awareness about the situation for further research and effective ICT policies and strategy to be adopted at national levels if we are to reap the future benefits of ICTs in the country.
Keywords: Access, Policy, Poverty, Citizen, Strategy
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