It is said that the world is a small place in these modern times. And apparently, it is getting smaller. The internet is connecting more people than ever before, and for the first time, more than half the global population has access to the Internet.
This is a good news – because connectivity is one of the major points which all international organizations try to achieve as it is now one of the basic needs. At present, some 3.9 billion people are now online. And so, we have passed the 50% milestone for internet connectivity globally. Also, that number could reach up to 51.2% by the end of 2018, according to ITU, the UN agency for Information and communication Technology.
This may not seem like much, but it is an important step for mankind. Far too many people are waiting to reap the benefits of Digital Economy. The development of such is more rapid in developing countries rather than developed ones. Compared to 2005, the world’s richest countries slowed slow growth from 51.3% to 80.9% at present. Whereas, developing countries showed a more rapid growth from 7.7% to 45.3%. Also, Africa has the strongest growth rate from 2.1% to 24.4%, according to the ITU reports.
And this is made possible by the expansion of mobile technology. Fixed telephone line subscriptions are dwindling. But cellular users continue to grow, hence, such development. And with 5G technology incoming, this could pick up a more rapid pace.