Right now it seems that half the world is in Pokemon hunt, but the other half of the global population has no access to the Internet.
Approximately 3.9 billion people, or 53 percent of the world population, will still be offline at the end of this year, according to estimates by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Even in Europe, the most connected region, 20.9 percent of the population is not online. In Africa, the estimate rises to 74.9 percent.
These figures are part of the report released by the agency, which is part of the United Nations. The report shows that there is still a huge gap between rich and developing countries and a growing gap between men and women.
More than four out of five people use the Internet. In the developing world, the figure is at 40 percent as compared to the developed countries. In countries that the ITU defines “less developed” – such as Haiti, Yemen, Myanmar and Ethiopia – only 15.2 percent of people are online.
It is also worsening regarding gender gap. Globally, the difference in Internet use between males and females is 12.2 percent, compared to 11 percent in 2013. According to the ITU, the gap has narrowed significantly in developed countries, from 5.8 percent to just 2.8 percent.
In some countries, the connection costs are the biggest obstacle to accessing online. As defined by the ITU, it means that Internet service costs more than 5 percent of the average monthly income.
The fixed broadband is the most common form of broadband access, and it is growing at double-digit rates in the developing countries, covering almost 41 percent of the world population and 90 percent of the population in developed countries.
Here are some more interesting figures:
- Approximately 95% of the world’s population or seven billion people live in an area that is covered by a mobile cellular network.
- 3G or above mobile connectivity reach 84% of the global population but in rural population, it is only 67%
- Developing regions are home to 2.5 billion users compared to one billion users in the developed region.
- India is home to 60 million users with internet access and China with 230 million.
- The countries with highest machine-to-machine (M2M) subscription are Northern European countries of Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark.