According to a Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) survey, only 12% of national households have access to at least one computer/tablet or laptop. The Pakistan Social and Living Standards Measurement (PSLM) survey studied internet, smartphone, and computer penetration across a sample of 176,790 households in rural and urban areas of all the four provinces of Pakistan. The survey has also collected information on a range of other social subjects like education and health.
The findings of the survey revealed that geographic development has a strong correlation with the availability of computers. For example, the survey shows that the percentage of computers in a household is higher by 19% in urban areas than rural areas.
A province wise analysis shows that Punjab has the highest computer penetration, with 13% of households in Punjab having access to a computer and the lowest penetration is in Balochistan, with only 6% of households having access to a computer.
The penetration of computers and PCs is far less than mobile/smartphone penetration which stands at 93% according to the same survey. A proliferation of inexpensive cell phones and data packages has increased its penetration into mainstream society quickly than computers and other digital devices.
The global construction industry is steadily changing due to the use of disruptive technologies like modular construction, 3D printing of buildings and Building Information Modelling Software (BMIS). Technology in the construction sector of Pakistan has enormous potential for growth and development. But teething problems related to lack of funds and government facilitation affect the industry’s ability to grow and remain competitive.