Monday, 12 May 2014

3 Billion Internet Users - the ‘Have-Net’ and ‘Have-Not’ Split

New figures released by the United Nations recently show that the world will have three billion internet users by the end of the year, that’s 44% of the world’s population.

But there are still a ‘Have-net’ and ‘Have-not’ split. Close to one-third (31 per cent) of households in developing countries will be connected to the Internet, compared with 78 per cent in developed countries.

The UN report shows that household Internet access is approaching saturation levels in developed countries. Europe has the highest internet penetration rate of 75 per cent, while the Asia-Pacific region has the largest population of Internet users. 

In Africa, about one-fifth of the population will have access to the Internet while in the Americas, nearly two-thirds of the population will be online by the year end.

Mobile subscriptions will reach seven billion – one per person, but obviously not everyone will have a mobile, many people in developed countries now have multiple devices.  
Of the 7 billion mobile users, 3.6 billion of these will be in the Asia-Pacific region.

The increase is mostly due to growth in the developing world where mobile subscriptions will account for 78 per cent of the world's total. 

As far as mobile-broadband penetration goes, the number of subscriptions will reach 2.3 billion globally and 55 per cent of them are expected to be in the developing world.

Mobile-broadband remains the fastest growing market segment, with continuous double-digit growth rates in 2014.

Clearly we just can’t get enough of staying connected while we’re on the move with our mobiles – as long as we can find a free wifi connection that is!

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