Internet usage has grown really fast across the world in past decade. Recent UN report suggested that by the end of the year 2016 almost half of the world’s population will be using the Internet. Developed countries are stretching their limits in mobile networks where less developed countries are willing to come on board in terms of mobile networks and internet.
According to a report by International Telecommunication Union, 80% of the population in developed countries using the internet. But if we take example of developing countries and less developed countries than there is only 40% and 15% internet usage respectively.
In most of the Africa’s countries only 1 in 10 is online and that thing needs to be change in future. As per the union in these countries the offline population is female, elderly, less educated, poor and those who lives in rural areas.
47% of the world’s population is now online but it doesn’t match the UN’s target anywhere near. By the end of 2020 UN is targeting around 60% population should be online. Around 3.9 Billion people which is the half of the world’s population are still not using the internet.
“In 2016, people no longer go online, they are online. The spread of 3G and 4G networks across the world had brought the internet to more and more people,” the report said.
Mobile networks are growing, prices going down, more and more affordable smart phones are launching each day and in a result telecom and internet companies are expanding.
“Internet penetration levels in LDCs today have reached the level enjoyed by developed countries in 1998, suggesting that the LDCs are lagging nearly 20 years behind the developed countries,” the report said.
In a rural and remote area cost of services are damn high and first they needs to build the basic necessities for the people. Still in some areas mobile cellular use costs a fortune for people. Let’s hope for the best and wait for 2020 UN Report.