One third of the world’s population has access to internet
According to a study published by the Broadband Commission for the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which is part of the UN, 32.5% of the world’s population has access to Internet, a figure that should rise to 60% by 2015 , according to the projections of the organization.
In developing countries, the figure is lower, reaching 24.4% of the population of these countries, who would 50% in three years. This growth is driven primarily by Mobile connections.
According to the study, at the end of 2011 there were 589 million fixed broadband connections, and 1,090 million mobile connections, so they last longer outweigh the former. It is expected that the number of smartphones in the world than the 3,000 million in 2017. In Latin America, smartphones represent half of all phones sold in 2016.
The study assesses the economic impact of increased broadband in some countries, setting the following conclusions:
- Chile: A 10% increase in broadband penetration will produce an increase of 0.09% of GDP. The installation of broadband, which reached a penetration of 9.8%, contributed 1.76% to the employment rate, which reaches creating 114,426 direct and indirect jobs.
- Dominican Republic: An increase in broadband penetration of 1% would reduce unemployment at 0.29%. If the unemployment rate was 14%, a 1% increase in broadband penetration would contribute to a reduction in unemployment to 13.7%.
- Panama: Fixed broadband has impacted positively to GDP of Panama, representing 0.82% of GDP, representing around 11.3% average economic growth since 2005.
Link: The State of Broadband 2012 (ITU)Tags: Broadband, Economy, Internet, Mobile, penetration, SmartPhone