How Many People Use the Internet?

posted: 05/27/15
by: Discovery.com Staff
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The United Nations expects that 3.2 billion people around the globe will be active Internet users by the end of 2015, according to a new report from the International Telecommunication Union.

In the first 15 years of the new millennium, global Internet penetration rose from 6.5% to 43%. In developing nations, however, the penetration rate sits at less than 10% -- Africa is the only region of the globe where mobile broadband penetration sits below 20%, a stark contrast to the 78% penetration in Europe and the Americas.

The price of broadband in much of the world has also decreased steadily. Broadband access is now classified as "affordable" in 111 different countries. In developing countries, however, broadband prices have stagnated over the past four years.

"These new figures not only show the rapid technological progress made to date, but also help us identify those being left behind," said ITU secretary general Houlin Zhao.

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