Although more than three billion people are now connected to the Internet, there remains a huge divide between rich and poor nations. Nearly half of the global population is not connected to the Internet, however the growth in Internet users has come in large-part from developing countries.
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) estimates more than 84 per cent of households in the developed world have Internet access, compared with approximately 41 per cent of households in the developing world. This percentage has quadrupled since 2006, when, fewer than 10 per cent of those in developing countries claimed to have Internet in the home.
Individuals using the Internet global by level of development (in millions)
Innovative delivery models, including investments in mobile infrastructure, are triggering huge growth in Asia and Africa, where the majority of people have traditionally lacked access. Internet penetration is now growing at a rapid pace in the developing world, where last year, connectivity more than tripled.
Households with Internet access by level of development
Active mobile-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants
Internet users across the globe are increasingly employing mobile technology to connect. Ninety per cent of people in the developed world and 40 per cent of people in the developing world subscribe to mobile broadband.
Global Internet penetration
|Falkland (Malvinas) Is.||97.60||98.31|
|United Arab Emirates||90.40||91.24|
|Taiwan, Province of China||83.99||87.98|
|Hong Kong, China||79.87||84.95|
|St. Kitts and Nevis||68.00||75.70|
Source: International Telecommunications Union