More than half of the inhabitants of the Earth have access to the Internet

Более половины жителей Земли получили доступ к Интернету

By the end of 2018 various online services will use the 3.9 billion people, or 51.2 per cent of the world’s population.

For the first time in history the majority of people have access to the Internet. On Friday, December 7, according to the international telecommunication Union (ITU), reports the online edition of the Chronicle.info with reference to the Correspondent.

According to estimates of the United Nations specialized Agency in the field of information and communication technologies, by the end of 2018 various online services will use the 3.9 billion people, or 51.2 per cent of the world’s population.

“This is an important step towards a broader global information society. But too many people around the world still waiting to use the benefits of the digital economy. We need to encourage increased investment from States and the private sector, as well as to support technology development and innovation that the digital revolution has left no one offline,” said ITU Secretary General, Zhao Houlin.

According to the Union, over the past 13 years, the proportion of residents with access to the Network increased in Africa, where it increased more than tenfold from 2.1% in 2005 to 24.4%. However, in Africa the spread of the Internet is at its low level even in the Asia-Pacific region with its huge population of Internet access already have 47% of the population.

In General, in developed countries the proportion of residents who use the Internet increased to 80.9% (in 2005 it was 51,3%), in the developing countries to 45.3% (up 7.7 percent). In the CIS countries average Internet penetration rate reached 71.3 percent, in Europe – of 79.6%.

Also, the ITU report stated that 96% of the population now lives in range of a mobile cellular communication and SIM cards exceeded the population of the planet. At the same time, the number of users of fixed-line phones continues to decrease in 2018, as predicted by the ITU, they will be less 12.4% (will be only 942 million).

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