According to the International Telecommunication Union, nearly 3 billion people have never used the Internet / Digital Information World
In light of the recent report released by the United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU), nearly 3 billion or 37 percent of the world’s population has no experience with the Internet.
Despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, where everything has shifted online, there is still a large group of people who have no web experience whatsoever. ITU added that of the 2.9 billion people, nearly 96 percent are from developing countries.
Further analysis showed that the number of people using an internet connection and going online was 4.1 billion in 2019 and this year the figure had risen to 4.9 billion, soon to be 5 billion. The main reason for this upsurge in internet connection is the ongoing global pandemic. However, not all of these 4.9 billion people use the Internet frequently, it is possible that hundreds of millions of them are using the Internet but not very frequently, on devices that have borrowed or have connection speed issues that would affect their connection. their use of the Internet.
Although 37% of the world’s population have no internet experience, the International Telecommunication Union aims to ensure that the rest of the population also access the internet. As the agency’s secretary general, Houlin Zhao, said, the agency is looking forward to bringing everyone to the Internet.
In the first 12 months of Covid-19, the total number of internet users soared by more than 10%. It was recorded as the internet’s highest peak in the decade. While talking about the possible reasons for this, the agency included online education, the global foreclosure and the online banking system as the main reasons.
Unfortunately, the growth of Internet users is not stable. Compared to developed countries, providing internet connection in underdeveloped countries is not an easy task. The chances of using the Internet among the younger generations are high compared to older adults or women in rural areas. Other factors that act as a barrier include lack of resources, including lack of electricity, poverty and lack of digital skills, as explained by ITU.
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