Three billion people online

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Over three billion people are now online and information and communication technology (ICT) growth remains buoyant in just about every country worldwide, according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Latest data from the ITU's annual Measuring the Information Society Report show that Internet use continues to grow steadily, at 6.6 per cent globally in 2014.

The number of people online in developing countries has doubled in five years.

Of the 4.3 billion people not yet using the Internet, 90 per cent live in developing countries.

In the mobile cellular segment, the report estimates that by the end of 2014 there will be seven billion mobile subscriptions, roughly corresponding to the total global population.

Denmark ranks first in ITU's ICT Development Index which ranks 166 countries according to their level of ICT access, use and skills.

The Republic of Korea is second. The Central African Republic is last in the list.

 

Stephanie Castro, United Nations

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