Oct 202010
 
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One third of the world’s population will be online by the end of the year, according to United Nations statistics.

The number of people online has doubled to two billion in the last five years, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) said.

Of the 226m new net users that have come online this year, more than two thirds are from developing countries.

However, the data show that connections in the developed world still outstrip those in the developing world.

The report suggests that 71% of people in western countries will be online by the end of 2010, compared to just 21% in developing countries.

The ITU believes that broadband is a “transformational technology” that can be used to spur development.

“It can generate jobs, drive growth and productivity and underpin long-term economic competitiveness,” aid ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Toure.

However it warned that prices remained disproportionately high, particularly in those countries with low incomes.

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