According to the ITU report, Internet users are expected to hit 3 billion by the end of 2014, or about 40 per cent of the world’s population.
Over three quarters among those users are from developed countries.
People from developing countries make up for more than 90 per cent of those who are not yet using the Internet.
Hamadoun I. Touré, ITU Secretary-General, said:
“The newly released ICT [information and communications technology] figures confirm once again that information and communication technologies continue to be the key drivers of the information society,”
Brahima Sanou, the Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau, touted this newest record as a watershed moment in the world’s growing affinity for ICT, said:
“Behind these numbers and statistics are real human stories. The stories of people whose lives have improved thanks to ICTs. Our mission is to bring ICTs into the hands of ordinary people, wherever they live. By measuring the information society, we can track progress, or identify gaps, towards achieving socio-economic development for all.”
Among those users, over three quarters are from developed countries while two-thirds come from the developing world. Moreover, people from developing countries make up for more than 90 per cent of those who are not yet using the Internet.