Half of the World’s Population is Now Connected
The spread of information and communications technology and global interconnectedness has great potential to accelerate human progress, to bridge the digital divide, and to develop knowledge societies. As part of its work towards the 2030 Agenda, ITU continued its goal towards greater Internet access:
ITU witnessed a milestone in 2018: for the first time, over half of the world’s population has access to Internet, as compared to 2010 when this figure was less than 30 per cent.
More work is required to bring the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) into the Internet world. By the end of 2018, the proportion of the population in LDCs using the Internet only reached 19.5 per cent. Although improving, these numbers mean that four out of five individuals (80 per cent) in LDCs are not yet connected.