You are here: Home » PTI Stories » National » News
Business Standard

More than half of global population now online: UN

AFP  |  Geneva 

Some 3.9 billion people are now using the Internet, meaning that for the first time more than half of the global population is online, the said Friday.

The UN agency for information and communication technologies, ITU, said that by the end of 2018 a full 51.2 per cent of people around the world will be using the

"By the end of 2018, we will surpass the 50/50 milestone for use," said in a statement.

"This represents an important step towards a more inclusive global information society," he said, adding though that "far too many people around the world are still waiting to reap the benefits of the digital economy".

He called for more support to "and business innovation so that the digital revolution leaves no one offline."

According to ITU, the world's richest countries have been showing slow and steady growth in use, which has risen from 51.3 per cent of their populations in 2005 to 80.9 per cent now.

The gains have meanwhile been more dramatic in developing countries, where 45.3 per cent of people are currently online, compared to just 7.7 per cent 13 years ago.

has experienced the strongest growth, with a more than 10-fold hike in the number of over the same period, from 2.1 per cent to 24.4 per cent, the ITU report showed.

The report also showed that while continue to dwindle worldwide, to a current level of just 12.4 per cent, the number of mobile-subscriptions is now greater than the global population.

And it found that mobile subscriptions have skyrocketed from just four subscriptions per 100 inhabitants in 2007 to 69.3 today.

There are currently a full 5.3 billion active mobile subscriptions worldwide, ITU found.

At the same time, the report said that nearly the entire world population, a full 96 per cent, now lives within reach of a mobile cellular network, and 90 per cent of people can access the Internet through a or

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 18:55 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU