The ITU’s ‘Measuring the Information Society Report’ predicts that by the end of the year, 46% of households globally will have internet access at home, up from just 30% in 2010.
“In the developed world, 81.3% of households now have home internet access, compared to 34.1% in the developing world, and just 6.7% in the 48 UN-designated Least Developed Countries,” said the ITU.
However, it added that internet use has slowed down, posting 6.9% global growth in 2015 compared to 7.4% growth in 2014.
In terms of mobile coverage, the report says that more than 95% of the global population is now covered by a mobile-cellular signal, representing almost 7.1 billion people worldwide.
This means that there are still an estimated 350 million people worldwide who are not in reach of a mobile network – down from 450 million a year ago.
Some 89% of the world’s urban population is now covered by a 3G network, but only 29% of the world’s 3.4 billion people living in rural areas benefit from 3G coverage, added the ITU.
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