Geneva: The number of Internet users for the first time in history has reached half the population of the planet. This figure is contained in the new report of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), whose headquarters is in Geneva, Switzerland.
The ITU biography has been around for more than 150 years, and reports with recent statistics on the users of various telecommunication market services are one of the activities of the organization.
The organization’s new report says that by the end of the year, 3.9 billion people around the world will be connected to the world wide web, the Voice of America said.
Internet use is growing steadily in developing countries, especially in Africa.
The authors of the report note that access and use of information and telecommunication technologies are growing worldwide. Most Internet users live in developed countries, where 80 percent of the population is connected to the network. At the same time, the use of the Internet is gradually increasing in developing countries - from 7.7 percent in 2005 to 45.3 percent this year.
According to ITU estimates, the most noticeable growth is observed in Africa, where the proportion of people using the Internet increased from just over 2 percent in 2005 to almost 25 percent in 2018.
The lowest growth rates were recorded in Europe and the Americas, and the lowest level of use - in the Asia-Pacific region.
The published statistics not only contains data on the use of the Internet but also shows that the dominance of mobile access to basic telecommunications services is becoming increasingly noticeable.
ITU senior statistician Esperanza Magpantay says access to high-speed mobile and fixed broadband networks is also expanding.
“Almost 96 percent of the population today have access to mobile communications, and 90 percent of them are covered by 3G access,” she says. “This is a high figure, and thanks to it we can understand why now 51 percent of the world's population is using the Internet.”
The expansion of mobile broadband is accompanied by an increase in the number of people connecting to the Internet through their mobile devices.
According to ITU, countries that have joined the digital economy, achieve better results in the economy as a whole and competitiveness.
Unfortunately, the cost of access to telecommunications networks remains too high and inaccessible to many, noted in the organization. Therefore, in the summary of the report it is recommended to fight for the reduction of communication tariffs so that the digital economy becomes a reality for the half of the world’s population that does not yet use the Internet.