The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) says the number of Internet users will rise to about three billion by the end of 2014, with two-thirds of them coming from the developing world.
The United Nations (UN) specialised agency for Information and Commmunication Technology (ICT) made this submission in its recently released 2014 ICT figures.
According to the report, the figure corresponds to an Internet-user penetration of 40 per cent globally, 78 percent in developed countries and 32 percent in developing countries. It further hinted that more than 90 percent of the people who are not yet using the Internet are from the developing world.
The report estimated that almost 20 percent of the population of Africa will be online by the end of 2014, as against 10 percent in 2010.
The Internet penetration rate in Europe will reach 75 per cent (or three out of four people) by end 2014, as the continent with the highest Internet penetration. It will be followed closely by the Americas, with about 66 percent (close to two out of three people). One-third of the population in Asia and the Pacific will be online by end 2014 and around 45 per cent of the world’s Internet users will be from the Asia-Pacific region, according to the report.
“The newly released ICT figures confirm once again that information and communication technologies continue to be the key drivers of the information society,” Hamadoun I. Touré, Secretary-General of ITU said.