United Nations: More than a third of the world’s population has never used the Internet

The United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU) estimates that 2.9 billion people, or 37% of the global population, have never used the Internet.

About 96% of the 2.9 billion people who don’t have access to the web live in developing countries, the agency said.

According to ITU estimates, the number of online users has increased from 4.1 billion in 2019 to 4.9 billion this year. In the first year Covid appeared, the number of internet users globally increased by more than 10%, which is the largest annual increase in a decade.

Two boys use the same computer to go online at an Internet cafe in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo: Brian Inanga / AP

One of the main causes of this increase is due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the blockades throughout the pandemic, schools had to close… which has forced many people to work and study online. .

However, this growth has not been uniform. There are still hundreds of millions of people in poorer countries who either do not have access or access the internet with very slow connection speeds that hinder their internet usage. Almost three-quarters of people who have never been online fall into the 46 least developed countries. This is due to poverty, illiteracy, limited access to electricity and lack of digital skills.

ITU Secretary General, Houlin Zhao said, ITU will try to do everything to digitalize to the remaining 2.9 billion people, no one will be left behind.


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