Jordan ranks 85th globally in digital quality of life

Based on an annual study that ranks 121 countries by their digital wellbeing

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AMMAN — Surfshark’s 5th annual Digital Quality of Life Index (DQL) ranks Jordan 85th in the world, an improvement of two places from last year. اضافة اعلان

Out of the Index’s 5 pillars, Jordan performed best in internet quality, claiming 55th place, while facing challenges in e-security, ranking 110th. The nation ranks 65th in e-government, 67th in e-infrastructure, and 107th in internet affordability. In the overall Index, Jordan surpasses Egypt (87th), but lags behind Saudi Arabia (45th). In Asia, Jordan takes 26th place, with Singapore being the leader in the region.

Index’s methodologies
The DQL Index 2023 examined 121 nations, or 92 percent of the global population, based on five core pillars that consist of 14 indicators. The study is based on the UN’s open-source information, the World Bank, and other sources.

Internet quality
The index  revealed that fixed internet averages 117 Mbps in Jordan. To put that into perspective, the world’s fastest fixed internet, Singapore's, is 300 Mbps. Meanwhile, the slowest fixed internet in the world, Yemen's, is 11 Mbps.

Mobile internet averages 28 Mbps. The fastest mobile internet, the UAE's, is 310 Mbps, while the world’s slowest mobile internet, Venezuela's, is 10 Mbps.

Compared to Egypt, Jordan’s mobile internet is 11 percent slower, while fixed broadband is 166 percent faster. Since last year, mobile internet speed in Jordan has improved by 6 percent, while fixed broadband speed has grown by 34 percent.

Internet affordability
Jordanians have to work 8 hours 1 minute a month on average to afford fixed broadband internet. It is 27 times more than in Romania, which has the world’s most affordable fixed internet, Romanians have to work 18 minutes a month to afford it.

Jordanians have to work 4 hours 16 minutes 22 seconds a month to afford mobile internet. This is 16 times more than in Luxembourg, which has the world’s most affordable mobile internet, Luxembourgers have to work 16 minutes a month to afford it.

The e-security pillar measures how well a country is prepared to counter cybercrime, as well as how advanced a country’s data protection laws are. In this pillar, Jordan lags behind Egypt (68th) and Saudi Arabia (42nd). Jordan is highly unprepared to fight against cybercrime, and the country has no data protection laws. Jordan is 110th in the world in e-security — 6 places lower than last year.

Advanced e-infrastructure makes it easy for people to use the internet for various daily activities, such as working, studying, shopping, etc. This pillar evaluates how high internet penetration is in a given country, as well as its network readiness (readiness to take advantage of Information and Communication Technologies). Jordan’s internet penetration is fairly high, 84 percent or 66th in the world, and the country ranks 69th in network readiness.

The e-government pillar shows how advanced a government’s digital services are and the level of Artificial Intelligence (AI) readiness a country demonstrates. Jordan’s e-government is similar to the global average.

Global internet affordability
Fixed internet is 11 percent more affordable globally than last year — on average, people have to work 42 minutes less a month to afford it.

Mobile internet is 26 percent more affordable than last year — people have to work 41 minutes less to afford it.

Jordan’s full profile in the 2023 Digital Quality of Life report and an interactive country comparison tool can be found here.

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