Girls in Bangladesh have elevated and diversified their use of cellular web companies ever for the reason that Covid-19 outbreak started as social distancing restrictions specifically have led to an increase in video calls, social media use and viewing of on-line movies, based on a survey.
The GSMA Cell Gender Hole Report 2021 discovered that about 62 per cent of feminine cellular web customers had elevated their cellular web use through the pandemic.
For instance, the proportion of feminine cellular house owners in Bangladesh watching free movies on a weekly foundation rose by 9 proportion factors to twenty per cent in 2020.
A small-scale survey was carried out between October 4, 2020 and January 8, 2021 in eight low and middle-income international locations.
Though cellular web advantages Bangladeshi girls, this doubtlessly life-enhancing service continues to be out of attain for many.
Regardless of the rise in cellular web utilization amongst present customers, it didn’t lead to a large-scale adoption by new customers in Bangladesh.
Knowledge from the report signifies that cellular web penetration amongst girls in Bangladesh grew by solely 3 proportion factors final yr, from 16 per cent to 19 per cent, as had been in earlier years.
By comparability, 33 per cent of males in Bangladesh use cellular web, leading to a considerable gender hole.
The survey discovered that about 47 per cent of ladies in Bangladesh are conscious of cellular web however will not be utilizing it.
The cellular possession gender hole varies by age cohort, however is highest for these over the age of 55 in most surveyed international locations.
In Bangladesh, the gender hole in cellular possession is 17 per cent amongst 18 to 24-year-olds, however it’s greater than double that for these over 55 years, at 46 per cent.
Nonetheless, based on the survey, the pandemic has not been capable of enhance girls smartphone possession as solely 21 per cent grownup girls owned a smartphone in 2019, which remained unchanged in 2020.
However, 39 per cent of grownup males owned a smartphone in 2020, up from 36 per cent in 2019.
Cell web consciousness has gained big momentum amongst girls over the previous couple of years. It was about 66 per cent in 2020, up from 34 per cent in 2017. For male customers, it was 75 per cent in 2020, up from 50 per cent in 2017.
In 2020, solely 14 per cent of ladies had cellular cash accounts whereas 40 per cent males had such accounts.
Nonetheless, it’s considerably greater than that in India and Pakistan as solely 4 and 5 per cent of grownup girls within the international locations respectively had such accounts.
“As folks now adopted the work-from-home and distant studying processes, this elevated information use considerably within the county,” Mustafa Jabbar, posts, telecommunications and data know-how minister, instructed The Each day Star.
“And many ladies now rely on the web to conduct their enterprise. In addition to, growth of 4G community within the distant areas additionally performed an essential position to deliver the agricultural girls into web,” he stated.
Requested in regards to the zero development in smartphone possession, he blamed their “exorbitant” costs and an absence of talent.
“Girls in distant areas have little talent on utilizing a smartphone. So we have to work on it,” stated Jabbar.
He stated since 2017, when the federal government allowed cell phone assembling and manufacturing vegetation to be established in Bangladesh, the value of smartphones has been on a downward pattern.
“Nonetheless, the value of smartphones ought to be a lot decrease. I feel inside two years the value of smartphones will lower extra,” stated the minister.
In the meantime, the variety of broadband web connections surpassed one crore in June for the primary time.
Based on the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Fee (BTRC), the variety of broadband subscribers shot up round 18 per cent year-on-year in June.
Broadband connections took a staggering bounce of 76 per cent for the reason that pre-pandemic instances of February final yr, when there have been 57 lakh such clients. In different phrases, the pandemic added over 43 lakh subscribers.
There was one other milestone within the BTRC’s information, with the entire variety of web subscribers reaching 12.09 crore on the finish of June, up from 11.73 crore a month earlier.
The entire variety of cell phone subscribers reached 17.64 crore in June, up from 17.52 crore in Might.