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Half the World's Population Still Offline

While most of us consider broadband a utility as essential as water or electricity, more than half of the world’s population is still not connected to the internet.

The latest report from the International Telecommunications Union estimates that only 47% of the population will have access to internet by the end of the year.

The report also highlights the huge divide between first and third world nations. Europe is the most connected region with 84% of its occupants online, while Africa is the least connected, with only 15.4%.

Percentage of Individuals NOT Using the Internet

 

“Access to information and communication technologies, particularly broadband, has the potential to serve as a major accelerator of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Global interconnectedness is rapidly expanding, however more needs to be done to bridge the digital divide and bring the more than half of the global population not using the Internet into the digital economy,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.

Wealth is not the only distinguishing factor between broadband users, with far fewer women than men using the internet globally. The internet user gender gap grew from 11% in 2013 to 12.2 % in 2016, though the ITU points out the disparity is significantly greater in developing countries. The regional gender gap is largest in Africa, at 23%, and smallest in the Americas, at 2%.

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