Inclusive Internet Index 2018

Inclusive Internet Index 2018

Key points:

  • Name of the Index- Inclusive Internet Index 
  • Released by- Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) of Facebook 
  • Number of categories-4 
  • Top country in the index-Sweden 
  • Rank of India-47th 

What is Inclusive Internet Index?

Inclusive Internet Index is a comprehensive index released by Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) commissioned by Facebook.

The index assessed a country's Internet inclusion across four categories

  1. Availability, 
  2. Affordability, 
  3. Relevance and 
  4. Readiness. 
  • Availability category measures the quality of available infrastructure that is required for access and levels of Internet usage. 
  • Affordability category measures the cost required for access of internet relative to income 
  • It also measures level of competition in the Internet marketplace. 
  • Relevance measures the presence and existence of local language content and relevant content. 
  • Readiness measures the capacity to access the Internet, including skills, cultural acceptance, and supporting policy. 

Inclusive internet index & World:

This year's index covered 91 percent of the world's population and an expanded data set of 86 countries, up from 75 countries in 2017.

According to the index:

  • Global internet connectivity has increased 8.3 % and more number of people are connected than previous times. 
  • Across the indexed countries, on average, men are 33.5 percent more likely to have Internet access than women. 
  • The gap in accessing internet is larger in low-income group of countries 
  • In low income group countries average gender internet access gap is of 80.2 percent and 3.7 percent among high-income countries 

First Top 10 countries in the world in Inclusive index are:

Name of the country Rank
Sweden 1
Singapore 2
United states 3
Denmark 4
South Korea 5
France 6
United Kingdom 7
Chile 8
Poland 9
Canada 10

India & Inclusive internet index:

Rank of India in Inclusive internet index is 47th out of 86 countries when it comes to inclusive Internet and connectivity for all
  • India ranked 12th out of 23 countries in Asia when it comes to connectivity. 
  • When compared with All countries India is placed at or near the top of the lower-middle-income bracket on most indicators, except for availability, 
  • In availability India is placed at13th out of 23, compromised by low usage and poor quality despite relatively strong infrastructure. 


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