By the end of 2015, over 3,2 billion people are expected to have access to the internet, according to The International Telecommunication Union (ITU). This means that almost half of the world’s population will be online, which is an immense progress in the world of communication.
The ITU is the UN branch that assesses the state of telecommunications from a global standpoint. It was the ITU who has documented how people have access to mobile and internet networking in accordance to the countries they come from.
The global population has reached 7,2 billion people, according to the latest official data. And out of these, 3,2 billion can be in constant communication. This is why it is important to know the state of global internet usage.
While 3,2 billion might seem like too little, it represents a tremendous progress. 15 years ago, only 400 million people could access the internet, an now here we are, close to half of the world’s population.
The report conducted by the ITU on the matter is part of the Millennium Development Goals that are expected to be reached by the end of 2015. And thing appear to be looking promising for the communication sections.
The report reveals that out of these 3,2 billion people, 2 billion are currently living in countries from the developing world. Furthermore, 89 million of them are from the least developed countries.
This is obviously the sector that is mostly in need of assistance at the moment. The total population of these countries has been established at 980 million people, out of which 891 million are yet to have access to the internet.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has seen an impressive growth in terms diversity and accessibility and more importantly, in regards to territorial coverage. The programs that are currently being applied will continue to bring more and more people online in the future.
“ICTs will play an even more significant role in the post 2015 development agenda and in achieving future sustainable development goals as the world moves faster and faster towards a digital society.” announced Brahima Sanou, head of telecommunication development at ITU.
For the moment, the fact that 3,2 billion people have access to the internet represents an enormous progress for the global population, that will convey more success in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. There is great hope that proper conditions will be provided for the remaining 4 million to get online in the years to come.
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