Two billion people online by 2010 end

18:00 | 19/10/2010
International Telecom Union’s (ITU) latest statistics in The World in 2010: ICT facts and figures, reveals that the number of internet users worldwide doubled in the past five years and will surpass the two billion mark in 2010.

The number of people having access to the internet at home has increased from 1.4 billion in 2009

to almost 1.6 billion in 2010.

Some 162 million of the 226 million new internet users in 2010 will be from developing countries, where internet users grow at a higher rate. By the end of 2010, 71 per cent of the population in developed countries will be online compared to 21 per cent of the population in developing countries.

While in developed countries 65 per cent of people have access to the internet at home, this is the case for only 13.5 per cent of people in developing countries where internet access in schools, at work and public locations is critical. Regional differences are significant: 65 per cent of Europeans are on the internet, compared to only 9.6 per cent of Africans.

With the rapidly increasing high-bandwidth content and applications on the internet, there is a growing demand for higher-speed broadband connections.

“Broadband is the next tipping point, the next truly transformational technology. It can generate jobs, drive growth and productivity, and underpin long-term economic competitiveness.

It is also the most powerful tool that we have at our disposal in our race to meet the Millennium Development Goals, the deadline for which is now just five years away,” said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré.

By the end of 2010, fixed broadband penetration will reach 8 per cent globally. But penetration levels in developing countries remain low: 4.4 subscriptions per 100 people compared to 24.6 in developed countries.

While high-speed internet is still out of reach for many people in low-income countries, mobile telephony is becoming ubiquitous, with access to mobile networks now available to over 90 per cent of the global population.

ITU’s new data indicate that among the estimated 5.3 billion mobile subscriptions by the end of 2010, 3.8 billion will be in the developing world. Some143 countries offer 3G services.

By Hai Van

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