The Internet Nearing 3 Billion Users
According to new statistics released by the United Nations International Telecommunications Union, the Internet will reach nearly three billion users by the end of this year. Around two billion individuals present online when this milestone is reached will be from developing countries, with the remaining one billion users will come from developed countries. Mobile broadband will be a major factor in how these three billion people connect to the Internet by the end of this year, as the segment itself continues to be ranked first in market growth. Globally, mobile subscriptions are set to achieve 2.3 billion globally, with 55 percent of them expected to originate from developing countries. Mobile cellular connections are also growing at an astounding rate, with the number of subscriptions reaching seven billion by the end of this year. Users within developing countries are expected to hold roughly 75 percent of all users of mobile cellular connections.
Meanwhile, fixed broadband connections are growing at a slow rate, with the United Nations International Telecommunications Union expecting its penetration to reach 10 percent by the end of this year. Fixed telephone connections are also steadily decreasing around the world, as users of the information and communications technology have declined for the past five years.
Source: United Nations News Center