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Almost half the world will be connected to Internet by end of 2016, says UN

Almost half the world will be connected to Internet by end of 2016, says UN

More than half the world’s people still off the Internet, Women, the elderly and the poor are still lagging behind, U.N. report says

United Nation’s agency International Telecommunication Union (ITU) report says that 47 percent of the world’s people now use the Internet.  However, released also discovered serious geographic and economic disparities in who uses the Internet. One year back, when same agency research study, 43 percent of the global population were Internet users.

ITU report found Europeans were that 79.1 percent Internet users, which is the highest of any geographic region in the world, followed by the Americans and the Commonwealth of Independent States, including Russia where 66.6 percent of peoples are internet users, Arab states have 41.9 and Asian having 41.6 internet subscribers. Report also found that only 25.1 percent of African Citizens using internet service.

The ITU also released country to country disparity in Internet users. Iceland had the highest levels of Internet use, with 98.2 percent, followed closely by a number of northern European nations such as Luxembourg (97.3 percent), Norway (96.8 percent) and Denmark (96.3 percent).

On the other side in some countries, Internet users were a small fraction of the population. Niger’sInternet users is just 2.2 percent of citizens, the report estimated, followed by Chad (2.7 percent), Guinea-Bissau (3.5 percent) and Congo (3.8 percent).

Almost half the world will be connected to Internet by end of 2016, says UN

A map from the International Telecommunication Union shows what percentage of each country’s population will not be on the internet at the end of 2016, based on ITU forecasts. Credit: ITU

UN agency was unable to conduct Internet users in some countries, including the restrictive regimes of North Korea and Eritrea.

ITU explained on access to the Internet that, despite the fact that more than half of the world’s people were not Internet users, 84 percent of the global population lived in an area where mobile broadband is available. One problem may be access to Internet-enabled devices, around 20 and 40 percent of the population still does not have a phone.

“While infrastructure deployment is crucial, high prices and other barriers remain important challenges to getting more people to enter the digital world,” the report stated. “This suggests that many people are yet to benefit fully from the opportunities brought by the Internet”

“I do think we’ll see a big bump in connectivity,” said Kerravala. “It’s a big, global problem that concerns everyone. Facebook or Google shouldn’t be working on it alone, we need to work together to get everyone on the Internet. I’d like to see the likes of Microsoft and Amazon working on it too”

“For example, in Canada they deploy fiber to every school, and then the school connection feeds the town where people don’t have it,” he added. “We need a plan like that in India or rural China”

About Sayyar Gul

Sayyar Gul is doing his MS Computational Sciences & Engineering from National University of Science and Technology. He is technology enthusiast with keen interest in new technological developments from around the world.
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