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Meanwhile, Singapore ranked 4th and Thailand ranked 11th, with India, Vietnam, and Indonesia in 16th, 20th, and 21st place respectively.

Surfshark has released its fourth annual edition of its Digital Quality of Life Index (DQL) report, ranking 117 countries, or 92% of the global population, based on five fundamental digital life pillars.

The five pillars are:

  • Internet affordability: how much time people have to work to afford a stable internet connection. The affordability of the internet connection directly impacts its accessibility.
  • Internet quality: how fast and stable the internet connectivity in a country is and how well it’s improving. The quality of internet connectivity greatly depends on its speed and stability.
  • Electronic infrastructure: how well developed and inclusive a country’s existing electronic infrastructure is. Highly functional e-infrastructure enables people to use the internet daily for many purposes.
  • Electronic security: how safe and protected people feel in a country. E- security shows a country’s readiness to counter cybercrimes and its commitment to protecting online privacy.
  • Electronic government: how advanced and digitised a country’s government services are.

Taking into account all these factors, these were the overall rankings globally:

  1. Israel
  2. Denmark
  3. Germany
  4. France 
  5. Sweden
  6. Netherlands
  7. Finland
  8. Japan
  9. United Kingdom
  10. South Korea

Meanwhile, among Asian markets studied, those within Southeast Asia and India ranked as follows

  1. Singapore - 4th (15th globally)
  2. Malaysia - 6th  (38th globally)
  3. Thailand - 11th (49th globally)
  4. India - 16th (59th globally)
  5. Vietnam - 20th (70th globally)
  6. Indonesia - 21st (72nd globally)

Looking into two specific qualities - internet affordability and internet quality, Malaysia ranked 16th when it comes to internet affordability, while Singapore and Indonesia ranked 4th and 81st respectively. 

Additionally, India ranked 21st, Vietnam ranked 57th, and Thailand came in 70th.

In terms of internet quality, Malaysia ranked 41st while Singapore ranked 5th, Indonesia ranked 77th, and Thailand ranked 15th.

At the same time, Vietnam ranked 56th, and India ranked 57th.

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Lead image and infographic / Digital Quality of Life Index (DQL) report

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