Pakistan has dropped 14 spots to the 97th position in the Digital Quality of Life (DQL) Index 2021. The country ranks 28th among 32 Asian countries on this year’s list.

According to DQL Index 2021, the three areas where the country performed the best are mobile speed growth, broadband speed growth, and mobile affordability.

Pakistan ranked 41st in mobile speed growth, 43rd in broadband speed growth, and 48th in mobile affordability.

The three areas where the country performed the worst are broadband speed, number of internet users, and network readiness.

Pakistan ranked 108th in broadband speed, 106th in the number of internet users, and 102nd in network readiness.

Let’s have a closer look at Pakistan’s scorecard of each pillar in the DQL Index 2021.

Internet Affordability

Pakistan ranked 66th in internet affordability in the DQL Index 2021. Here is a further breakdown of the country’s performance in this area.

Indicator Rank
Mobile affordability 48th
Broad affordability 68th

Internet Quality

Pakistan ranked 74th in internet quality in the DQL Index 2021. Here is a further breakdown of the country’s performance in this area.

Indicator Rank
Mobile speed 97th
Broadband speed 108th
Mobile internet stability 60th
Broadband internet stability 53rd
Mobile speed improvement 41st
Broadband speed improvement 43rd

Electronic Infrastructure

Pakistan ranked 106th in electronic infrastructure in the DQL Index 2021. Here is a further breakdown of the country’s performance in this area.

Indicator Rank
Internet users 106th
Network readiness 102nd

Electronic Security

Pakistan ranked 98th in electronic security in the DQL Index 2021. Here is a further breakdown of the country’s performance in this area.

Indicator Rank
Cybersecurity 67th
Data protection laws Moderate

Electronic Government

Pakistan ranked 85th in electronic government in the DQL Index 2021. Here is a further breakdown of the country’s performance in this area.

Indicator Rank
Online service index 77th
AI readiness 93rd

The DQL Index is compiled by Surfshark, a Netherlands cybersecurity company, to highlight factors that impact a country’s digital wellbeing the most and which areas should be prioritized to improve it.

This is the third edition of the DQL Index which offers a unique understanding of the overall digital quality of life of 110 countries based on five core pillars. These five pillars are internet affordability, internet quality, electronic infrastructure, electronic security, and electronic government.

Let’s have a look at the top 10 countries in the DQL Index 2021.

Country Rank
Denmark 1st
South Korea 2nd
Finland 3rd
Israel 4th
US 5th
Singapore 6th
France 7th
Switzerland 8th
Germany 9th
UK 10th

Let’s have a look at the 5 best and 5 worst countries across each pillar.

Internet Affordability

Most affordable internet Least affordable internet
Denmark Ghana
Israel Nigeria
Sri Lanka Cameroon
Finland Ivory Coast
Lithuania Mali

Internet Quality

Best quality internet Worst quality internet
South Korea Mauritius
UAE Mongolia
China Kenya
Switzerland Angola
US Ethiopia

Electronic Infrastructure

Most developed e-infrastructure Least developed e-infrastructure
Denmark Pakistan
Sweden Tajikistan
Norway Cameroon
Netherlands Angola
US Ethiopia

Electronic Security

Highest e-security Lowest e-security
Greece Egypt
Czech Republic Ethiopia
Estonia Cameroon
Lithuania Guatemala
Spain Cambodia

Electronic Government

Most developed e-government Least developed e-government
US Mali
South Korea Ethiopia
UK Algeria
Finland Zambia
Singapore Laos