Over half the world still offline

A report from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) suggests that 57% of the world’s population remain offline. The annual “State of Broadband” report from the UN agency suggests that the number of people online over the world has grown to 3.2 billion, up from 2.9 billion last year, but that some 4 billion still do not have any internet access.

The report shows that the Internet is only accessible to 35% of people in developing countries, while in UN-designated least developed countries, over 90% of people do not have any Internet connectivity.

The report also suggests that the top ten countries for household Internet penetration are all located in Asia or the Middle East. South Korea continues to have the world’s highest penetration, with 98.5% of homes connected, followed by Qatar (98%) and Saudi Arabia (94%).


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