The internet network residence index measures the degree of readiness of countries to avail opportunities offered by information and communication technology. Since it is a multi-dimensional concept, it measures several metrics in technology, governance, people, and impact. Technology is at the centre of networking, and therefore this indicator measures the level of technology required for the country’s participation in the global economy. The second pillar is population and access to digital resources and skills to use it productively. Governance of the network is vital for effective regulation and to ensure digital inclusion of all segments of society. The fourth pillar is a network economy’s impact on the region’s overall growth, prosperity, and well-being.
In its recent report, Pakistan improved its ranking on the index, observing an increase of 14 points. Previously, Pakistan’s ranking was 111, which has recently increased to 97 this year.
The improvement in rank has been due to increased internet subscribers and new technologies. The government claims that the recent allocation of government funds to the Universal Service Fund (USF) projects for high-speed internet services and contrasts for next-generation broadband have contributed to the country’s improving rank on the index.