A third of the world's population still does not have access to the Internet

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU), said that a third of the world’s population still does not have access to the Internet and the pace of new connections has slowed in 2022.

According to recent figures released by the Union, the number of people who are not connected to the Internet this year amounts to 2.7 billion, or approximately one third of the world’s population. They were 3 billion people in 2021 and 3.6 billion in 2019.

According to Houlin Zhao, secretary general of the organization, the pandemic “has given us a good boost in terms of connectivity, but we must keep the same pace to ensure that everyone can benefit” from digital .

“Some 5.3 billion people worldwide now use the Internet. While growth continues to be encouraging, the trend suggests that without new investments in infrastructure and new initiatives to spark new digital knowledge, the chances of connecting the world’s population by 2030 look increasingly slim. “, she pointed out.

ITU has identified two main obstacles to its goal of a fully connected global population: populations that are still unconnected are also the hardest to reach. She also points to connection speeds that are too slow, prices that are too high for equipment and subscriptions, and the lack of digital culture.

Africa is the least connected of the six ITU regions, with only 40% of its population online, compared to 64% in Asia-Pacific, 70% for Arab countries and 80% for the Americas, Commonwealth of Independent States and Europe, further specifies the Union.

In this sense, the director responsible for development at ITU, Doreen Bogdan-Martin, warned that “while the increase in the number of people using the Internet around the world is encouraging, we simply cannot ensure that the strong growth observed in recent years will continue in this way”.

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