Wednesday, December 2, 2015

ITU: "growth in Internet use has slowed down"

The ITU's "flagship annual Measuring the Information Society Report", was released and reveals the following:
  • 3.2 billion people are now online, representing 43.4% of the global population

  • Mobile-cellular subscriptions have reached almost 7.1 billion worldwide, with over 95% of the global population now covered by a mobile-cellular signal
  • By the end of this year, 46% of households globally will have Internet access at home, up from 44% last year and just 30% five years ago, in 2010. 
  • Growth in Internet use has slowed down, however, posting 6.9% global growth in 2015, after 7.4% growth in 2014.
  • Fastest growth continues to be seen in mobile broadband, with the number of mobile-broadband subscriptions worldwide having grown more than four-fold in five years, from 0.8 billion in 2010 to an estimated 3.5 billion in 2015.
  • The number of fixed-broadband subscriptions has risen much more slowly, to an estimated 0.8 billion today.
  • The report notes that the proportion of households projected to have Internet access in 2020 will reach 56%, exceeding the Connect 2020 target of 55% worldwide.
  • The price of mobile-cellular services continues to fall across the world.
See "ITU releases annual global ICT data and ICT Development Index country rankings" - here.


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