A new United Nations report predicts that half of the world will be connected to internet by the end of 2015.
UN agency International Telecommunications Union has said in its report that as many as 3.2 billion people across the world will be online.
According to this report, 200 million (20 crore) will be in developing countries while around 9 million will be in countries like Somalia and Nepal.
The ITU also predicted that the number for mobile device subscription globally will be around 7 billion by the year end. The UN body found that the broadband penetration in the US and European Union countries was almost 78 %, while the world’s 69% population had 3G coverage. With just little over 17% broadband connection, Africa was the worst.
The ITU’s prediction assumes significance given that there were only 400 million internet users in 2000.
The report further said that between 2000 and 2015, internet penetration “increased almost seven-fold from 6.5 to 43 per cent of the global population” adding that the “proportion of households with Internet access at home advanced from 18 per cent in 2005 to 46 per cent in 2015. ITU figures also indicate that four billion people in the developing world remain offline. Off the nearly one billion people living in the Least Developing Countries (LDCs), 851 million do not use the Internet.”