MANILA, Philippines – Out of 98 million Filipinos, there are still 62 million not connected to the Internet as of 2013, according to a recent study by McKinsey & Company.
The Philippines ranked 11th worldwide in the ranking of countries with the most number of non-Internet users.
India topped the list with 1.06 billion without Internet access. It was followed by China with 736 million and Indonesia with 210 million non-Internet users.
Rounding out the top five are Pakistan with 162 million and Bangladesh with 146 million without Internet access.
“Despite significant gains in Internet penetration, there is still a sizable population of the world that is not online. This offline population is disproportionately rural, low income, illiterate, elderly, and female,” the study said.
The study said that an estimated 4.4 billion people around the world still do not have access to the Internet.
From this figure, 3.2 billion are living in 20 countries, which include Nigeria (108 million); Brazil (97 million); Ethiopia (92 million); Mexico (69 million); and Congo (64 million).
In the study’s Internet Barriers Index, which ranked 25 countries based on four categories of barriers—incentives, low incomes and affordability, user capability and infrastructure—to Internet adoption, the Philippines ranked 16 with a score of 57 out of a maximum score of 100.
Countries with a high score have relatively low barriers to Internet adoption. The United States scored the highest with 94, followed by Germany and South Korea scoring 93 each.
The study noted that the lack of electricity and logistics infrastructure in developing regions remain a barrier in Internet connectivity.
“In Southeast Asia, approximately 134 million people—more than one-fifth of the region’s population—lack access to electricity; electric access levels are below 75 percent in Cambodia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Indonesia,” the study revealed.
“Countries such as Colombia, the Philippines, and Tanzania all struggle to provide rural areas with the foundational elements that could help increase the viability of telecom investments,” it added.
According to a separate study, the Philippines also has one of the slowest average connection speeds in Asia Pacific.