The International Telecommunications Union met for ITU Telecom World 2011 last week and unveiled its latest Facts and figures on global internet use, particularly in developing countries.
- One third of the world’s population are forecast to be online by the end of 2011, 45% of whom will be under 25 with developing countries now accounting for some 62% of total global internet users up from 44% in 2006.
- Mobile penetration set to continue its robust growth, with almost 6bn connected via mobiles and a global penetration that stands at an 87%, 79% for developing countries. A total of 159 economies worldwide have launched 3G services commercially and the number of active mobile-broadband subscriptions has increased to almost 1.2 billion. 3G population coverage has reached 45%, compared to 90 % of the population that is covered by a 2G mobile cellular network.
- Global disparities still remain. For example, while international Internet bandwidth has grown from 11’000 Gbit/s in 2006, to close to 80’000 Gbit/s in 2011, Europeans enjoy on average almost 90’000 bit/s of bandwidth per user compared to Internet users in Africans who are limited to 2’000 bit/s per user.
- The world’s top broadband economies are from Europe and Asia and the Pacific. In the Republic of Korea mobile-broadband penetration today exceeds 90% and almost all fixed-broadband connections provide speeds equal to, or above 10 Mbit/s. In comparison, broadband users in Ghana, Mongolia, Oman and Venezuela are limited to broadband speeds below 2 Mbit/s.
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