Internet Shutdowns Cost $5.45 Billion in 2021 Globally, India Came Third: Report
According to a survey, worldwide internet shutdowns increased 36% to over 30,000 hours in 2021. These internet outages cost the global economy a staggering $5.45 billion (approximately Rs. 40,300 crores). Last year, India was standing among one of the top three countries with the greatest cost of Internet outages. According to the estimate, the country would experience 1,157 hours of Internet outages in 2021, at a cost of $582.8 million (roughly Rs. 4,300 crores).
According to a forecast by the virtual private network (VPN) focused website Top10VPN, worldwide Internet outages would impact 486.2 million people in 2021. This is an increase of 80 percent in the effect of Internet outages year over year. As many as 50 significant Internet outages occurred in 21 nations. Moreover, 75% of government disruptions worldwide were related to further human rights violations.
Which country is first on the list?
Myanmar was the leading country in 2021, with Internet shutdowns costing $2.8 billion (approximately Rs. 20,700 crores) and lasting 12,238 hours, affecting 22 million users. Nigeria ranked second on the list, with outages affecting 104.4 million people and costing $1.5 billion (roughly Rs. 11,100 crores).
Following Myanmar and Nigeria, India grabbed the third position with 1,157 hours of Internet shutdowns last year. The number includes 317.5 hours of total Internet outage and 840 hours of bandwidth limiting with just 2G services supplied. The Internet shutdowns in India in 2021 affected 59.1 million people.
According to Top10VPN, the most significant economic impact in India was the result of limiting Internet speeds in Kashmir; where connectivity was eventually restored in February last year – after 18 months of 2G-only access.
The government also enforced a localized Internet blackout in Delhi as an early response to the large-scale farmers’ protest, which resulted in a huge cost.
Internet disruptions in nations such as India, Myanmar, and Bangladesh pushed Asia to the top of the list of continents; with the greatest overall economic cost of outages in 2021, at $3.42 billion (approximately Rs. 25,300 crores). According to the research, the region’s connection outage affected 292 million individuals for a total of 13,458 hours.
Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and North Africa were the other two regions with the highest cost of Internet outages when compared to others.