International Telecommunications Union(ITU), the United Nations specialised agency for information and communication technologies has published its 2018 global and regional ICT estimates, contained in a press release on its website.
The estimates show that by the end of 2018, 51.2 per centof the global population, or 3.9 billion people, will be using the Internet. The 2018 estimates according to Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary General, are a pointer to the great strides the world is making to build a more inclusive society. He however stressed that although the projections show that by the end of 2018, the 50/50 milestone for Internet use will be surpassed, many people around the world are still waiting to reap the benefit of the information economy.
The details of the estimates are summarised in terms of statistics here.
Internet access is growing rapidly, yet large groups of people remain unconnected to the Internet. As of 2015, about 43% of people had access to the Internet (in developing countries only 34%). 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).