In 2019, 53.6% of the global population had access to the Internet. That means that 46.4% of the population – 3.6 billion people – are still unconnected. Access to ICTs is part of the Sustainable Development Agenda, which commits to ‘significantly increase access to ICTs and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020’ (Goal 9.c).
While access to the Internet has grown tremendously since 2005, there is still much more to be done to connect the unconnected. The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2019 shows a large disparity between countries in regard to access to the Internet: Over 80% of the population in developed countries is online compared to 45% in developing countries and 20% in the least developed countries.