According to International Telecommunication Union, almost 3 billion people have never used Internet

In light of the recent report released by United Nation’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU), almost 3 billion or 37 percent of the earth’s population has no experience with Internet.

Despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, where everything shifted online, there’s still a large group of people that have no experience with the web. The ITU further added that out of the 2.9 billion people, almost 96 percent of them belongs to developing states.

Further analysis showed that the number of people who used Internet connection and went online was found to be 4.1 billion in the year 2019 and by this year, the figure had gone up to 4.9 billion, soon to be 5 billion. The major reason for this Internet Connection insurgence is the ongoing global pandemic. However, not all of these 4.9 billion people frequently use Internet, it might be possible that hundreds of millions of them would use Internet but not very frequently , over borrowed devices or having Connection speed issues that would tamper there Internet usage.

Despite having 37% of the overall world population with no Internet experience, the International Telecommunication Union aims to ensure that the remaining population also get there hands on Internet. As told by the secretary General of the agency, Houlin Zhao, the agency is looking forward to bring everyone towards internet.

During the first 12 months of Covid-19, the total number of Internet users spiked over 10 percent. This was recorded to be the highest spike of Internet over the decade. While talking about the possible reasons behind this, the agency included online education, global lockdown and online banking system to be the major reasons.

Unfortunately the growth of Internet users is not stable. In comparison to developed countries, affording an Internet connection in under developed countries is not an easy task. Chances of using Internet among young generation are high as compared to older adults or women of rural regions. Other factors that acts as a barrier includes lack of resources which includes shortage of power, poverty and having no digital skills at all, as explained by the ITU.

Chart: Statista.

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