Internet will “capture” half of world's population by year end
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The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) at the UN states that by the end of 2018 for the first time in the history of mankind, the number of Internet users will exceed half of the world's population, Life.ru reports.
It is estimated that 51.2% of the planet’s population, or 3.9 billion people, will have access to the World Wide Web.
According to ITU Secretary General Houlin Zhao, this is an important step in the history of the planet towards a wider global information society. However, too many people around the world are still waiting to take advantage of the digital economy.
According to ITU, since 2005 the number of World Wide Web users in developed countries has grown from 50.3% to 80.9%. In developing countries, growth over this period was even more significant - from 7.7% to 45.3%. In the CIS by the end of 2018, 71.3% of residents will be Internet users, in North and South America - 69.6%, in Arab countries - 54.7%.
However, the organization notes that there are still a lot of people in the world who do not have access to the latest achievements of the digital economy, despite the fact that almost the entire population of the Earth - 96% - lives in the access zone of a mobile digital network, and more than 90% are in regions with access to a 3G or faster network.