Bangalore: Information and accessibility these days comes together with the availability of internet, which is the modern guise of power to the masses in countries around the world. Keeping this in mind, the need to know how many people in a country have access to the internet from home becomes a crucial question to ask. The consulting firm Gallup conducted a survey with the core question to adults worldwide - ‘Does your home have access to the Internet’, and it came up with a report with striking findings.
As per the survey, even China, the world’s second largest economy shows just 34 percent of home internet access, which still makes it at par with the global average.
It is also important to note that the results of the survey reflect the percentage of adults who answered yes, rather than the percentage of households in a given country with Internet access, reported gallup.com. It could also be possible that the adults have access to internet from other means, which includes Internet cafes, smartphones, schools and universities and public libraries. There is also a possibility that some of the respondents considered smartphones as home internet access while others did not.
In the other emerging economies, Russia and Brazil showed high access with 51 percent and 40 percent respectively, whereas South Africa is among the lower access countries with 16 percent.
The highest access to internet is seen in Sweden and Singapore. The two countries have 93 percent of the respondents with home internet access. Denmark follows them at the third place with 92 percent and Netherlands on fourth place with 91 percent.
The survey was conducted in 148 countries worldwide where 32 percent of adults reported having home Internet access forming an average in 2011. The number has increased from 29 percent in 2010 and 25 percent in 2009, implying a higher number of people getting access to internet at their convenience.
The survey results are formulated by telephone or face to face interviews where 1000 adults in each country, aged from 15 years and above were interviewed.
A country’s home internet access coverage or the lack of it shows the economic strength and wellbeing of population and also its global economy. The report said, “The more people who have Internet access in their homes, the more likely they are to have easy, around-the-clock access to consume news and information, and in some cases, to sell and buy goods online.”
Internet access at home also has impact on youth education in a country, the civic engagement of its citizens and the workers productivity from home. The report said, “Home Internet access provides students with access to critical materials for education, workers with ways to stay connected and productive during hours away from their place of business, and all citizens with news and resources they can use to learn and connect with others.”
India has shown a drastically low rate of internet access from home. However, the country does have good internet connectivity and is on a constant rise. The need to get connected from home can add to the easy access and individual efficiency. It will also add to the development of the county at large.