The Inclusive Internet Index
In communities around the world, the Inclusive Internet Index measures whether the internet is accessible and affordable, and how much it enables social and economic mobility. Local governments and advocacy organizations can use this information to plan their work in expanding connectivity or to advocate for additional investments.
The index measures the performance of countries around the world on 54 internet indicators, organized across four categories:
Internet connectivity is limited if the infrastructure to connect is insufficient or unavailable. To assess availability, we measure existing internet use, connection quality, and the type of infrastructure available for Internet and electricity in both urban and rural areas.
The cost of internet access relative to income is a critical factor in internet adoption. The index factors in the price of connectivity, in the form mobile handset or fixed-line broadband, for instance, as well as the competitive environment for wireless and broadband operators.
The likelihood of internet adoption decreases if a group doesn't find value in being connected. In each community, we look for content that makes the internet useful on a local level, like government services provided in the local language, or information on local businesses and entertainment.
To determine whether communities are ready to be connected, The index measures literacy and educational levels, existing web accessibility, privacy regulations, the level of trust in various sources of information found online, and national female e-inclusion and technology policies.
Who Uses The Inclusive Internet Index
Organizations focused on internet access and affordability can use the Inclusive Internet Index to advocate for increased connectivity investments in low and middle-income countries.
Local governments can use the index to track the progress of their connectivity work against similar countries in their region.
Journalists can use this tool to report on global and regional progress in connectivity, and on gender-based gaps in internet access.
In the News
If you're interested in using the Inclusive Internet Index, you can explore country performance and download the results here. You can also contact the Economist Intelligence Unit here.