TechnologiesPrès of four billion people will be online by the end of the year, according to the UN.
More than half of the world’s population will for the first time connected to the Internet by the end of the year, according to theUN. The international telecommunications Union has welcomed Friday in Geneva “an important step”.
According to his estimates, 51.2% of the population, or 3.9 billion people, will be online by the end of the year. In front of the press, a manager has hailed “a historic step”.
“Vastly too many people in the world are still waiting to reap the benefits of the digital economy”, however, has said for its part, the director-general Houlin Zhao. He called to encourage more investment from public and private sectors and to support innovation. The reduction in the prices of the connections should remain an important priority, also insisted to his side, another officer of the ITU.
In developed countries, connectivity has grown in 13 years from 51.3 to more than 80%. In developing countries, this rate has improved to 7.7 45.3% over the same period. The most significant growth has been observed in Africa, from 2.1% to nearly a quarter of the population.
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The lower has affected Europe, where the rate 79.6% and the american continent 69.6%. More than 54% of the population of the arab States and 47% of the Asia/Pacific are also connected.
The access to mobile telephony continues to expand and the number of subscriptions exceeds the world population. The extension the more important these last five years was observed in Asia/Pacific and Africa. On the other hand, a decline has affected Europe and the arab States.
In total, 96% of the population is covered by mobile phone network. The possible access to a 3G device, is only slightly lower.
The Internet connections fixed broadband continue to increase. They have reached 69,1 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, or $ 1.1 billion in 2018. Alongside mobile broadband, the number is passed in a little over ten years, from 268 million to $ 5.3 billion. The rate reached 61 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants in the developing countries, and over 28 in the poorer States.