More than half of the world's population is now online

<pre><pre>More than half of the world's population is now online

More than half of the world's population is now online with 3.9 billion people who are connected to the internet

  • By the end of 2018, 51.2 percent of people around the world will be online
  • Profit is dramatic in developing countries, from 7.7 to 45.3%
  • Africa has experienced the strongest growth, with a 10-fold walk in thirteen years

Peter Lloyd for MailOnline

The internet reaches more people than ever.

In fact, about 3.9 billion people are now online, which means that for the first time more than half of the world's population is connected, say the United Nations.

The UN agency for information and communication technologies, ITU, said that by the end of 2018, a full 51.2 percent of people around the world will use the worldwide web.

& # 39; By the end of 2018, we will surpass the 50/50 milestone for Internet use & # 39 ;, ITU chief Houlin Zhou said in a statement.

"This is an important step towards a more inclusive global information society," he said, adding that "far too many people around the world are still waiting to see the fruits of the digital economy." to pick & # 39 ;.

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

According to ITU, the richest countries in the world show a slow and steady growth in internet use, which has risen from 51.3 percent of their population in 2005 to 80.9 percent today.

Profit has meanwhile become more dramatic in developing countries, where 45.3 percent of people are currently online, compared with just 7.7 percent 13 years ago.

Africa experienced the strongest growth, with a more than 10-fold increase in the number of internet users in the same period, from 2.1 percent to 24.4 percent, the ITU report showed.

The report also showed that while subscriptions to fixed telephony continue to shrink worldwide, the current number of only 12.4 percent, the number of mobile phone subscriptions is now greater than the world's population.

And it turned out that subscriptions to mobile broadband have risen from just four subscriptions per 100 residents in 2007 to 69.3 today.

Currently there are 5.3 billion active mobile broadband subscriptions worldwide, according to ITU.

At the same time, the report reported that almost the entire world population, a full 96 percent, now lives within the reach of a mobile cellular network, and 90 percent of people have access to the internet via a 3G or faster network.


For the first time, average Cubans were eligible to sign up for Internet services for their mobile phones, this week, a development that long awaited the island ruled by the Communists.

Users began receiving SMS messages from the state telephone monopoly to let them know that they can purchase Internet access packages for 3G services.

In the past, almost all Cubans could only use their mobile phones to get their state-run e-mail accounts unless they were connected to the Internet on a limited number of publicly sponsored Wi-Fi spots.

Government officials and foreign business people have been able to use their mobile phone everywhere in recent years to gain access to the 3G network, although not always reliably.

The new service is gradually being made available up to and including Saturday, depending on a user's phone number, to avoid the congestion that hit Cuba's mobile network during a series of heavily criticized tests this year.