A third of the world's population still does not have access to the Internet
The International Telecommunications Union wants the entire world population to be connected to the Internet by 2030.
A third of the population remains without internet access and the pace of new connections has slowed in 2022, according to the latest statistics from the United Nations (UN) published on Friday.
Some 5.3 billion people worldwide now use the internet. Although growth continues to be encouraging, the trend suggests that without new investments in infrastructure and new initiatives to drive new digital knowledge, the chances of connecting the world's population by 2030 appear to be low. thinner and thinner, says the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in a statement.
The number of people still without internet access rises this year to 2.7 billion. In 2021 it was 3 billion people and in 2019 it was 3.6 billion.
The pandemic has given us a good boost in terms of connectivity, but we need to keep pace to ensure that everyone can enjoy digital, said Houlin Zhao, Secretary General of the organization.
ITU has identified two main obstacles to its goal of a fully connected global population: populations that are still unconnected are also the most difficult to reach, and difficulties in moving from simple access to regular and easy access exist.
The ITU believes that barriers are often underestimated. For example, she notes connection speeds that are too slow, prices that are too high for hardware and subscriptions, and a lack of digital literacy. Cultural and linguistic barriers as well as gender discrimination and lack of access to electricity add to the list.
If the increase in the number of people using the Internet worldwide is encouraging, we simply cannot guarantee that the strong growth seen in recent years will continue, warned the American Doreen Bogdan-Martin, director responsible for development at the ITU.
Africa is the least connected of the six ITU regions: 40% of its population is online. In Arab countries, the rate is 70%.
In Asia-Pacific, the rate of Internet access has increased from 61% in 2021 to 64% this year.< /p>
The Americas, Commonwealth of Independent States, and Europe have rates over 80%.