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Half of World to Be Online by Year-End

रत्नेंद्र अशोक - November 22, 2016 - 12:00 PM
Half of World to Be Online by Year-End
By the end of this year, almost half of the world’s population will be internet users.

(CCM) — Due to the fall in smartphone prices and growth of mobile networks, almost half of the world will be using the internet by the end of this year. So far, 47% population of the world is active on internet. And per a forecast by the United Nations International Telecommunication Union, 60% of the world should be accessing the internet by 2020, with over 3.5 billion people latching on by the end of 2016. "In 2016, people no longer go online, they are online. The spread of 3G and 4G networks across the world had [sic] brought the internet to more and more people," quotes the ITU report.

The greatest number of connected individuals, however, is expected to remain concentrated in already developed countries, where about 80% of the population is already using the internet, according to the ITU. By comparison, only about 40% of the population in the developing world and around 15% of that of less developed nations is online. Meanwhile, only one out of 10 people are active on the internet in several parts of Africa. The offline population mostly includes the elderly, women, the poor, the uneducated, and those who live in rural areas of the continent, said the report.

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