‘3.9bn peo­ple can’t ac­cess in­ter­net’

Daily Trust - - DIGEST - By Zakariyya Adaramola

New data re­leased at the week­end by the In­ter­na­tional Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Union (ITU), the United Na­tions (UN) spe­cial­ized agency for in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy (ICT), show that 3.9 bil­lion peo­ple re­main cut-off from the vast re­sources avail­able on the In­ter­net, de­spite fall­ing prices for ICT ser­vices.

ICT Facts & Fig­ures 2016 shows that de­vel­op­ing coun­tries now ac­count for the vast ma­jor­ity of In­ter­net users, with 2.5bil­lion users com­pared with one bil­lion in de­vel­oped coun­tries.

Nige­ria has more than 100 mil­lion in­ter­net users, ac­cord­ing to the Nige­rian Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion (NCC).

But In­ter­net pen­e­tra­tion rates tell a dif­fer­ent story, with 81% in de­vel­oped coun­tries, com­pared with 40% in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries and 15% in the least de­vel­oped coun­tries.

“Global in­ter­con­nect­ed­ness is rapidly ex­pand­ing, how­ever more needs to be done to bridge the dig­i­tal di­vide and bring the more than a half of the global pop­u­la­tion not us­ing the In­ter­net into the dig­i­tal econ­omy,” said ITU Sec­re­tary­Gen­eral Houlin Zhao.

The Di­rec­tor the ITU’s Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion De­vel­op­ment Bureau, Brahima Sanou said its role is to fa­cil­i­tate the at­tain­ment of the 17 SDGs and their tar­gets this year. of

From 5th left, Deputy Head of Mis­sion, Em­bassy of Re­pub­lic of Korea, Taeho Um, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter, Barr. Ade­bayo Shittu and KOICA Coun­try Di­rec­tor, Park Sook Hyun flanked by train­ers at the e-govern­ment ca­pac­ity build­ing pro­gramme.

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