By the end of this year, almost half of the world’s population will be using the internet. The greatest number of individuals connected online is expected to remain concentrated in already developed countries, where about 80% of the population is already using the internet. But it doesn’t mean that everyone on the globe has a mobile phone since many people have multiple subscriptions or devices.
The ITU’s report is used to provide an analysis on the state of global ICT development.
The UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) said that 3.9 billion people do not have home or mobile internet access and that problem was most acute among the world’s female, elderly, less educated, lower income and rural populations. One problem is the cost of the fixed-broadband plan with a minimum of 1 gigabyte of data per month corresponds, on average, to more than 60% which has fallen globally over the last decade but remained “clearly unaffordable” in many of the world’s least-developed countries.
Affordability remains the main barrier to mobile phone ownership.
The report points out that many people around the world still don’t own or use a mobile phone. Another important barrier is the lack of perceived benefits. However, less developed countries still trail the rest of the world.
Addressing the problems with the data set that has been predominated for years, ITU highlighted that mobile phone subscription, long cited as a connectivity indicator. While there are many mobile subscriptions in the world as there are people, in some regions up to 40% of people do not own or use a mobile phone.
Overall, there was an improvement over the last year’s index, with some countries, including St. Kitts and Nevis and Burma, dramatically improving their ICT development over the last year. As it stands, around 47 percent, or 3.5 billion people, have access to the Internet, leaving 3.9 billion offline.
This year’s results show that almost all of the 175 countries covered by the index improved their IDI values between 2015 and 2016″, said the ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau director Brahima Sanou, “During the same period, stronger improvements have been made on ICT use than access, mainly as a result of strong growth in mobile broadband uptake globally.
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