One-third of world population ‘now online’

About one-third of the world’s population now has access to the internet, but more needs to be done in order to achieve internet penetration targets as set out in the Millennium Development Goals, the International Telecommunications Union has said in a new report.

Currently, 20.5 per cent of households in developing countries have access to the internet, which the ITU says puts them on target to achieve the 40 per cent target by 2015.

The findings are part of a comprehensive report released by the ITU’s Broadband Commission for Digital Development on Monday.

The "State of Broadband 2012" report evaluates the deployment of broadband services around the world and tracks progress towards achieving targets set by the commision regarding increasing the affordability and use of broadband.

More than 170 countries have been evaulated in the report.

The report found that while household access was increasing at an acceptable rate, individual internet use was continuing to lag behind. The ITU said that mobile broadband could provide a platform for achieving an increase in individual use. By the end of 2011, the report said, new mobile broadband subscriptions were outstripping fixed connections by two to one.

It said that by 2020, connected devices would outnumber connected individuals by a ratio of six devices to every person online.http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2012/09/2012923232111323871.html

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