More Than Half Of Global Population Now Online: UN
Daniyal Sohail 7 days ago Fri 07th December 2018 | 08:31 PM
Some 3.9 billion people are now using the Internet, meaning that for the first time more than half of the global population is online, the United Nations said Friday.
"This represents an important step towards a more inclusive global information society," he said, adding though that "far too many people around the world are still waiting to reap the benefits of the digital economy." He called for more support to "technology and business innovation so that the digital revolution leaves no one offline." According to ITU, the world's richest countries have been showing slow and steady growth in Internet use, which has risen from 51.3 percent of their populations in 2005 to 80.9 percent now.
The gains have meanwhile been more dramatic in developing countries, where 45.
3 percent of people are currently online, compared to just 7.7 percent 13 years ago.
The report also showed that while fixed-line telephone subscriptions continue to dwindle worldwide, to a current level of just 12.4 percent, the number of mobile-cellular telephone subscriptions is now greater than the global population.
At the same time, the report said that nearly the entire world population, a full 96 percent,now lives within reach of a mobile cellular network, and 90 percent of people can access the Internetthrough a 3g or higher speed network.