Half world’s population is connected to internet
MORE than half the world’s population is now online, research by the UN has revealed.
Some 3.9 billion people are using the internet, with 51.2 per cent of the globe about to be connected by the end of the year.
Houlin Zhao, head of the UN’s International Telecommunication Union, said the milestone was “an important step towards a more inclusive global information society”. But he warned that “far too many people” were excluded.
Four out of five people in the world’s richest countries are connected, compared with 51.3 per cent in 2005.
In developing nations, the increase has been more dramatic, with 45.3 per cent of people online – up from just 7.7 per cent 13 years ago.
In Africa the figure has risen from 2.1 per cent in 2005 to 24.4 per cent today.
There are now more mobile phone contracts than people on the planet, and 96 per cent live within reach of a signal, while 90 per cent can access 3G signals or better.