WASHINGTON, October 20, 2010 -The number of global internet users doubled in the past five years and will surpass the 2 billion mark in 2010, according to new data from the International Telecommunications Union.
The number of people having home internet access has increased from 1.4 billion in 2009 to almost 1.6 billion in 2010. The new data were released on the eve of World Statistics Day, which is Wednesday.
Developing countries will contribute 162 million of the 226 million new internet users in 2010, found the ITU. By the end of 2010, 71 percent of the population in developed countries will be online compared to 21 percent of the population in developing countries.
Sixty-five percent of people in developed countries have access to the internet at home, while 13.5 percent of people in developing countries do. Internet access via schools, at work and public locations is critical in developing regions, says the ITU. Regional differences are significant with 65 percent of Europeans on the internet, compared to only 9.6 percent of Africans.
With the rapidly increasing high-bandwidth content and applications on the Internet, there is a growing demand for higher-speed broadband connections, says the report.
- Justice Department Collaborating with State Attorneys General’s Antitrust Investigation of Big Tech, Says Chief
- Part II: Senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz Want to Repeal Section 230 and Break the Internet
- A Short History of Online Free Speech, Part I: The Communications Decency Act Is Born
- Free Press Denounces Facebook Ads, New Content Moderation, Problems of Broadband Adoption
- House Homeland Security Committee Issues Subpoena to the Owner of 8chan Internet Site
Intellectual Property3 weeks ago
In Congressional Oversight Hearing, Register of Copyrights Says Office Is Responding to Online Users
Broadband Data3 months ago
Pennsylvania Broadband Speeds Worse Than Previously Believed, According to State Report
Fiber2 weeks ago
‘Dig Once’ Provides Future-Proofing Solution for Federal Highway Infrastructure, Says BroadbandNow
Drones2 weeks ago
Greater Commercial Use of Drones Will Force Revisions of Federal Aviation Administration Regulations, Say Experts
Broadband Data2 months ago
California Report: Income Most Significant Factor in Low Broadband Adoption
Broadband Roundup1 week ago
Cable Industry Touts Energy Efficiency, Next Century Highlights Open Access Fiber, Aspen Forum Set
Broadband Roundup6 days ago
Trump Delays 10 Percent Tariff on Chinese Tech Goods, Buttigieg on Broadband, Facebook Eavesdropping
Broadband Roundup2 weeks ago
Rep. Bob Latta and Ajit Pai on Robocalls, Rural Massachusetts Projects, John Horrigan Report on Digital Divide