There are more than 7 billion mobile subscriptions worldwide, up from 738 million in 2000, according to the latest figures released by the ITU. Globally, 3.2 billion people are using the Internet, of which two billion live in developing countries.
Between 2000 and 2015, Internet penetration has increased almost seven-fold from 6.5% to 43% of the global population.
The proportion of households with Internet access at home advanced from 18% in 2005 to 46%in 2015.
ITU figures also indicate that four billion people in the developing world remain offline. Off the nearly one billion people living in the Least Developing Countries (LDCs), 851 million do not use the Internet.
“These new figures not only show the rapid technological progress made to date, but also help us identify those being left behind in the fast-evolving digital economy, as well as the areas where ICT investment is needed most,” said Houlin Zhao, ITU secretary general.
“ICTs will play an even more significant role in the post-2015 era and in achieving future Sustainable Development Goals as the world moves faster and faster towards a digital society,” said Brahima Sanou, the director of the ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau. “Our mission is to connect everyone and to create a truly inclusive information society, for which we need comparable and high-quality data and statistics to measure progress.”